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Webinar: Japan in 2017

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Join a FREE webinar featuring JETRO Chicago Chief Executive Director Ichiro Soné.

Soné will provide an update on the current state of the Japanese economy and the status of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic reform agenda, also called "Abenomics." His presentation will examine recent economic data and touch on the anticipated impact of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics which will take place in Tokyo. Soné will also touch on the progress of structural reforms regarding corporate taxes; regulations governing regenerative medicine and health care; deregulation of electric and natural gas markets; and immigration reforms designed to attract more skilled foreign workers.  
As the Japanese government's trade promotion and economic development agency, a key part of JETRO's mission is assisting foreign companies which are interested in entering and expanding their business in Japan. In June 2013, the Japanese government announced its goal of doubling inbound FDI to ¥35 trillion by 2020. Soné will address the steps taken by the government to increase FDI into Japan and talk about the ways in which JETRO supports foreign companies as they grow their businesses in Japan.
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Ichiro Soné, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Chicago

Ichiro Soné was appointed Chief Executive Director of the Chicago office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO Chicago) in June 2013.  As Chief Executive Director, he oversees JETRO Chicago’s activities designed to facilitate trade and investment between Japan and 12 Midwestern states served by JETRO Chicago.

Before coming to Chicago, Mr. Soné served as Director of the Overseas Offices Division at JETRO Tokyo HQ. In this role, he managed all of JETRO’s overseas offices, responsible for the budget, staff training and development, and administration of more than 70 offices worldwide.

He joined JETRO in 1988 after graduating Doshisha University in Kyoto with a bachelor’s degree in art. He has a deep knowledge on international business through working at Trade Fair Department and Invest Japan Department at JETRO Tokyo, and North America Bureau at Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His previous overseas postings were JETRO Los Angeles and JETRO San Francisco.


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