Japan's Changing Business Environment to be Examined by Top Government Officials and Business Leaders April 25 in New York

C. Michael Armstrong, AT&T CEO, and

Minori Makihara, Mitsubishi Chairman, to Keynote



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Conference Board

    NEW YORK, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Japan's fast-changing business
 environment -- especially new directions in Foreign Direct Investment and
 mergers and acquisitions -- will be examined by top government officials and
 business leaders at a symposium April 25 in New York.
     The complimentary symposium -- Japan's Changing FDI and Corporate
 Environment -- will be held April 25 (8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.) at the Hotel
 Inter-Continental in New York.  This meeting is being sponsored by the
 Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the U.S. Department
 of State, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and The Conference
 Board.
     Keynote speakers include C. Michael Armstrong, Chairman and Chief
 Executive Officer of AT&T and the Chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council,
 and Minori Makihara, Chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation and Chairman of the
 Japan-U.S. Business Council.
     The symposium is intended to promote U.S. business interests in Japan by
 examining shifts in Japan's FDI and corporate environment, Japan's structural
 reforms and progress, and the further strengthening of U.S.-Japan economic
 relations by improving Japan's investment environment.
     Ambassador Alan P. Larson, Undersecretary for Economics, Business and
 Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and the Honorable Iwao
 Matsuda, Member of Parliament, Senior Vice Minister, Ministry of Economy,
 Trade, and Industry (METI), will deliver the opening remarks.
     A panel discussion will feature Dr. Kenneth S. Courtis, Managing Director,
 Goldman Sachs and Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asia; Robert Grondine,
 President, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan; Yoshinobu Nisaka, Deputy
 Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau, METI; and Masamitsu Shiseki, Counselor,
 Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice.  Arthur Mitchell, Attorney, Coudert
 Brothers, LLP, and Richard Katz, Senior Editor, Oriental Economist Report,
 will moderate the panel.  Noboru Hatakeyama, Chairman and Chief Executive
 Officer, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), will deliver the meeting's
 closing remarks.
     Media are invited to attend. To register, please call Frank Tortorici at
 (212) 339-0231.
 
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 financial markets.  It also produces the most definitive source of information
 about worldwide institutional investment trends and is a leading source of
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    NEW YORK, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Japan's fast-changing business
 environment -- especially new directions in Foreign Direct Investment and
 mergers and acquisitions -- will be examined by top government officials and
 business leaders at a symposium April 25 in New York.
     The complimentary symposium -- Japan's Changing FDI and Corporate
 Environment -- will be held April 25 (8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.) at the Hotel
 Inter-Continental in New York.  This meeting is being sponsored by the
 Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the U.S. Department
 of State, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and The Conference
 Board.
     Keynote speakers include C. Michael Armstrong, Chairman and Chief
 Executive Officer of AT&T and the Chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council,
 and Minori Makihara, Chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation and Chairman of the
 Japan-U.S. Business Council.
     The symposium is intended to promote U.S. business interests in Japan by
 examining shifts in Japan's FDI and corporate environment, Japan's structural
 reforms and progress, and the further strengthening of U.S.-Japan economic
 relations by improving Japan's investment environment.
     Ambassador Alan P. Larson, Undersecretary for Economics, Business and
 Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and the Honorable Iwao
 Matsuda, Member of Parliament, Senior Vice Minister, Ministry of Economy,
 Trade, and Industry (METI), will deliver the opening remarks.
     A panel discussion will feature Dr. Kenneth S. Courtis, Managing Director,
 Goldman Sachs and Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asia; Robert Grondine,
 President, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan; Yoshinobu Nisaka, Deputy
 Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau, METI; and Masamitsu Shiseki, Counselor,
 Civil Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice.  Arthur Mitchell, Attorney, Coudert
 Brothers, LLP, and Richard Katz, Senior Editor, Oriental Economist Report,
 will moderate the panel.  Noboru Hatakeyama, Chairman and Chief Executive
 Officer, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), will deliver the meeting's
 closing remarks.
     Media are invited to attend. To register, please call Frank Tortorici at
 (212) 339-0231.
 
     About The Conference Board
     The Conference Board is the world's leading business membership and
 research organization.  More than 3,000 companies in 67 nations are members of
 The Conference Board's global network.  The Conference Board produces the
 Leading Economic Indicators, the Consumer Confidence Index, the Help-Wanted
 Index and other major indicators that have an impact on both business and
 financial markets.  It also produces the most definitive source of information
 about worldwide institutional investment trends and is a leading source of
 knowledge about corporate governance, corporate performance, human resources
 management and global corporate citizenship.
 Website: http://www.conference-board.org.
 Business cycle indicators website: http://www.tcb-indicators.org
 
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