Japan External Trade Organization Names New Chairman/CEO; Mr. Osamu Watanabe Appointed to Oversee Japan's Global Trade And Investment Organization.
CHICAGO -- Today in Tokyo, Mr. Osamu Watanabe was appointed by Prime Minister Koizumi to the position of Chairman and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of the Japan External Trade Organization Japan External Trade Organization (日本貿易振興会 (JETRO). Mr. Watanabe's appointment was approved by the Prime Minister's Cabinet effective immediately. Mr. Watanabe succeeds Mr. Noboru Hatakeyama. Mr. Hatakeyama had spent part of the 1970s as Executive Director at JETRO Chicago and maintains very close business and personal ties to the Chicagoland community.
Before this appointment, Mr. Watanabe served as a member of the Prime Minister Koizumi's Task Force on Foreign Relations of Japan Since the surrender after World War II and the return to the international community by the Treaty of San Francisco, Japanese diplomatic policy have been based on close partnership with the United States and the emphasis on the international cooperation such as the United Nations. since September 2001. He first joined Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (通商産業省 Tsūsho-sangyō-shō or MITI) was one of the most powerful agencies in the Japanese government. (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (経済産業省 , METI) in 1964. Mr. Watanabe has held a number of high-ranking positions, including MITI's Administrative Vice-Minister in 1997, which is the highest ranking appointment for a career MITI official.
Mr. Watanabe has served as the head of the JETRO New York office before being appointed in June 1985 as Director of the Americas and Oceania Division, International Trade Policy Bureau, and was intensely involved with Japan-U.S. trade policy issues. His appointment comes at a time when positive Japan-U.S. trade relations have been recognized by both countries as essential to the improvement of the global economy. Mr. Watanabe has broad knowledge of business globalization and the Japan-U.S. bilateral economic relationship.
Mr. Tomoharu Washio, Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago, commented, "The appointment of Mr. Watanabe as JETRO Chairman and CEO demonstrates the importance of JETRO as a catalyst for business change and revitalization of Japan's economy, which will accelerate the focus on American business development and investment in the Japanese market."
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is the official trade organization for Japan. JETRO is a nonprofit, Japanese government-supported organization dedicated to promoting mutually beneficial trade and economic relationships between Japan and other nations. JETRO has seven offices in the United States, including JETRO Chicago. JETRO Chicago provides services to companies and organizations in 11 Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Ohio.
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