Atsushi Yamakoshi - Executive Director, Keidanren USA
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17:00 – 17:10 Opening Remarks by Tuntex Emeritus Professor Koichi Hamada, Yale University
17:10 – 17:55 Keynote Speech “Economic Relationships among Japan, Asia and U.S.A.” by Mr. Atsushi Yamakoshi, Executive Director of Keidanren USA, Washington DC
17:55 – 19:00 Q&A and Discussion “Future Collaboration in Asia-Pacific region”
19:00 – 20:00 Mingle Party (Pizza and soft drinks will be served)
Atsushi Yamakoshi is the Executive Director of Keidanren USA. Mr. Yamakoshi returns to this position as head of Keidanren’s Washington DC office, having also served as its Director from 2006 to 2009, and as U.S. Representative of Keidanren and Visiting Economist at Japan Economic Institute (JEI) from 1994 to 1997. Immediately prior to his current posting, Mr. Yamakoshi served as Director of the Chairman’s Office for three successive Keidanren Chairmen (Chairman Mitarai, Chairman Yonekura and current Chairman Sakakibara).
Mr. Yamakoshi joined Keidanren in 1981. In the course of his long career there, he has been named to a broad range of prominent positions including: Executive Director of the Council for Better Corporate Citizenship (CBCC), Deputy Director of the International Economic Affairs Bureau, and Press Secretary for Chairman Okuda. He is noted for his expertise on such issues as Japan-U.S. relations, Japan-Canada relations, Asian affairs, trade and investment issues, global environmental policies, and media relations.
Mr. Yamakoshi earned his B.A. in Economics at Waseda University in Tokyo in 1981; he has an M.A. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, which he received in 1986; he also has a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), which he received in 1997.