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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 of the Japan External Trade Organization (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 September 2001. He first joined Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, 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.

This material is distributed by Mayeroff and Associates as an agent of JETRO Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice.


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