The Future of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration
• A symposium
on “The Future of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration,” “Foreign Direct
Investment in the Midwest United States,” and “Trade after US Withdrawal
from the TPP,” was held on January 24 at conference room of the Chicago
Council on Global Affairs. With an invitation of Japanese scholars, the
symposium was made possible with a partnership of Japan’s government,
the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Consulate General of Japan
• In the topic of the Future of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration, linkage
between integration and security, Japan’s leadership, influence of rising
power, impacts on possible trade war between the U.S. and China, aging
issues, and Japan-US relations in Trump era were mainly discussed.
• On the topic of Foreign Direct Investment in the Midwest United States,
James Mathis, General Manager of Komatsu America’s Peoria operations,
and Kei Pang, CEO of Nidec Motor Corporation, talked about their investments,
operations, labor force, unions, future investments and others.
• An exciting topic was TPP (Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership).
After the U.S. withdrawal, negotiation among 11 countries continued, and
a high-standard agreement was concluded last December. The 11 countries
will sign it on March 8 in Chile, and TPP 11 is expected to start in 2019.
• Entire discussion can be seen at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
From left: Karl Friedhoff, Fukunari Kimura, Sheila Smith, and Bart Edes (Photo from Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ video)
Photo from left: Phil Levy, Yorizumi Watanabe, Shihoko Goto, Jeffrey Schott, and Christopher Nelson (Photo from Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ video)