Acting Secretary of Commerce to Address Top U.S.-Japan Leaders on Oct. 5

SEATTLE, WA – The 2012 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference on Oct. 5 will highlight business and entrepreneurial collaboration between the U.S. and Japan, featuring keynote speaker Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca M. Blank.
In her role as Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Blank is a key member of President Obama’s economic team working to implement the administration’s top economic priorities to increase economic growth and accelerate job creation.  Blank leads the Department’s efforts to create an environment that strengthens innovation and competitiveness, and ensures that American businesses can thrive both here and abroad.

In her remarks, Acting Secretary Blank will discuss ways for the United States and Japan to work together to strengthen the economic relationship between the two countries, touching on the importance of bilateral trade and investment. She will also discuss the importance of continued cooperation in response to the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
In the Opening Plenary, Blank will be joined by Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Raymond L. Conner, who will also make keynote remarks.
This is the first time the Annual Conference will take place in Seattle, recognizing the vital and historic relationship between Japan and the Pacific Northwest. The U.S.-Japan Council is an educational 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting people-to-people connections as crucial to a strong U.S.-Japan relationship. The Council brings together diverse leadership, engages stakeholders in the bilateral relationship and explores issues that benefit communities, businesses and government entities on both sides of the Pacific.

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Date & Time: Friday, October 5, 2012 (9:00am-5:15pm with a reception to follow) The Acting Secretary will make remarks during the Opening Plenary from 9:00-10:30am.

Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, downtown Seattle, WA

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