Nearly two years ago, Japan was struck by the powerful Great East Japan Earthquake and devastating tsunami, a disaster that hit Japan like no other. While the Tohoku region of Japan suffered the brunt of the initial devastation of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the protracted effects have accelerated transition in Japan’s global economic outlook, multinational industries, and have created a conflicting convergence between nuclear and renewable energy sources. This presentation will provide a detailed and personalized overview of the impact of the Match 11th disaster, and illustrate the continuing efforts being made to sustain Japan’s economic recovery and to revitalize the Tohoku region. Facing an aging and shrinking population, increasingly competitive global business environment, endaka (strong yen), and political and economic challenges at home and abroad, Japan is in the midst of rebuilding and reshaping its future.
Tatsuhiro Shindo was appointed the Chief Executive Director of the Chicago office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in April 2010. Mr. Shindo joined JETRO in 1982, following his graduation from the School of Political Science and Economics, at Waseda University. Mr. Shindo has authored, co-authored and edited a number of books, policy papers and articles. In January 2010, his book “Basic Knowledge of Economy of United States of America: Policy of President Obama,” was published by JETRO, and became a bestseller in its topic category in Japan.
JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO's core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential.