to Host Expert Roundtable Addressing Political and Economic Impact of Japanese Earthquake

Ivy league professors, leading political and international business experts, to offer insights on business impact of Japan's recent natural disaster to online professional network of more than 1 million

Mar 22, 2011, 13:00 ET from

SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --, the leading community for business expertise, with more than 1 million members and over 5,000 business and technology experts, today announced it will be hosting an expert roundtable teleconference this week, "The Crisis in Japan: An Analysis of the Economic and Political Fallout." The event will be taking place live on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 4 PM EDT/1 PM PDT, and will be open for free to all members and experts

The Focus Expert Roundtable will address the political and economic impact of the crisis in Japan, with a panel of leading authorities speaking in detail about the macroeconomic impact of the crisis; short-term shifts in global trade patterns; political and regulatory changes resulting from the crisis; and recommendations for companies doing business in Japan.

Scott Albro, CEO of, will moderate the panel discussion with two of the world's leading authorities on Japan, including:

  • Dr. Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and concurrently Visiting Professor at Waseda University and Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute for Economic Studies, Tokyo, and the Tokyo Foundation.

  • Dr. David E. Weinstein, Carl S. Shoup Professor of Japanese Economy, Columbia University and Associate Director for Research Center on Japanese Economy and Business.

"This week's Focus Expert Roundtable, which will address the economic and political impact of the Japanese crisis, is another great example of our expert network providing in-depth insights, analysis and advice on the most important issues facing business professionals today," said Scott Albro, CEO of Focus. "We encourage the Focus community to register for free so they can participate in the event, and listen in real-time as accomplished international business experts lead the discussion on this very timely topic."

The Focus Expert Roundtables are 45-minute teleconference events, and for each, there is one Lead Expert and two to four Expert Panelists. The Lead Expert moderates four to seven questions and drives the discussion as the Expert Panelists weigh in with thoughts, answers and feedback of their own. Questions asked during the event are also posted on, and Expert Panelists will continue to answer questions on the site following the event.

It is entirely free to join, and members can listen live to the teleconference, download the audio file and read the transcript. Additionally, all Roundtable transcripts are made available to members for free following each event via stylized PDF documents.

Participants can access The Crisis in Japan teleconference via the following lines:

  • Toll-free Dial-In Number: (866) 951-1151
  • International Dial-In Number: (201) 590-2255
  • Conference Number: 4999006 encourages all attendees to contribute to a charity of their choice. The designated charity is the American Red Cross relief effort for Japan.

For more information about the Focus Expert Roundtable events, and to access instructions on how to register as a Focus business expert, as well as gain access to the latest business research and expertise on the Focus network as a member, please visit

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