[Editor’s Note: NAM President John Engler is on a two-week trade and business mission to Japan and China, working with U.S. manufacturers and trade officials. We plan regular reports from abroad. In this entry, communications director J.P. Fielder gives us the lay of the land.]
To increase industrial cooperation between the U.S. and our major trading partners in Asia, NAM President John Engler launches two weeks of high-level meetings in Japan and China today.
This evening we landed in Tokyo for a whirlwind tour of the world’s second largest manufacturing nation. Why Japan when everyone is talking about the growth and importance of China and India? Well, Japan remains the world’s second largest economy, still nearly twice the size of China and a major trading partner to the U.S.
On Wednesday we will crisscross Tokyo, beginning with Gov. Engler’s appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box Asia, followed by meetings with Sony’s President and CEO Dr. Ryoji Chubachi, Honda Chairman Aoki, executives from Nippon Keidanren (the NAM’s equivalent in Japan) and CISTEC, the Center for Infirmation on Security on Trade Controls. All of this before 5 p.m., when we’ll board a train to Nagoya in preparation for Thursday’s meeting with Toyota Chairman Cho (Toyota, based in the aptly named Toyota City, is just outside Nagoya).
Several substantive issues Gov. Engler is looking to discuss throughout the day:
Other points of interest we’ll keep you updated on after day one in Asia: