On February 15th, Consul-General of Japan, Masami Kinefuchi took part in a panel discussion titled “Update on Trade and Foreign Investment Under the New Administration”, organized by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Other panelists included the Consul-General of Canada, Louise Blais; the Consul-General of Mexico, Javier Díaz de León; and the Consul General of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford.
Consul-General Kinefuchi discussed the results of the recent Japan-U.S. summit meeting between Prime Minister Abe and President Trump. He also spoke about Japan’s perspective on the TPP and an economic dialogue between Deputy Prime Minister Aso and Vice President Pence, which will include discussions about expanding the economy of both countries. Consul-General Kinefuchi stressed Japan’s contributes to Tennessee’s economic success, as the number one source of FDI, with 190 Japanese companies employing more than fifty-thousand Tennesseans.
The other panelists shared their views on NAFTA renegotiations, prospects for BREXIT, etc..