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The Japan - U.S. Alliance - Canceled
The Honorable Tetsuro Amano, Consul General of Japan in Houston

Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


"The alliance with the United States is not only the most important base of foreign policy for our Japan, but it is also indispensable, not only for reinforcing Japanese security but also for ensuring Japanese economic growth..." - Remarks of Consul General Tetsuro Amano in January 2016.

Japan and the United States share many things, from a love of baseball and cinema to an appreciation of economic growth. Now and then, both nations face challenges together.

The Consul General of Japan in Houston, the Honorable Tetsuro Amano, will discuss his nation’s issues on September 7 in Addison. He will talk about the growing Japanese corporate presence in DFW as well as the continued threat of North Korea. 

Other topics will include the Japan/U.S. relationship that exists under his nation's "Abenomics,” the nickname for economic practices applied in Japan by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe since his election in 2012. In a simplified explanation, "Abenomics" is described as "three arrows": monetary easing, fiscal stimulus and structural reforms.

Adding to the discussions of the Japan/U.S. economic strategy, of course, will be the American reaction to Japan’s decision to proceed with the "TPP 11," a version of the TransPacific Partnership without the United States.

Consul General Amano has a lengthy career in diplomacy that began after he graduated from the University of Tokyo with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts (1980). In 1984, he began work in the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. Six years later, he became Consul in the Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong. Following that he was Counselor at Japan's embassy in Hong Kong (2000), then Norway (2002), Iraq (2004) and Myanmar (2006-2008).

He directed the Japanese Nationals Overseas Safety Division in the Consular Affairs Bureau (2008- 2010) then became Counselor of the Japanese embassy in Australia becoming the embassy's Minister in Australia in 2011. In 2013, he became Minister and Consul General at the Japanese embassy in the Philippines. He assumed the Consul General responsibilities in Houston in 2015.

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