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SELECTUSA – Japan Showcase, March 3, 2014

On March 3rd Ambassador Caroline Kennedy enthusiastically launched the Enhanced SelectUSA Program in Japan by hosting an investment “showcase” at her residence.

Minister Akira Amari used his remarks to confirm that Japan and the United States are in close alignment  in advancing shared interests through ever greater investment ties.

Micron Technologies became the world’s #3 IC wafer supplier last year, thanks in part to acquisition of the former Elpida Memory (now Micron Memory Japan).  Micron sponsored the SelectUSA launch on March 3rd and CEO D. Mark Durcan commemorated the occasion by presenting Ambassador Kennedy with a framed 300mm wafer.  SelectUSA Executive Director Vinai Thummalapally joined in.

Presidents Naotake Ono (left) and Tim Byrne (right) of new partners Daiwa House and Lincoln Property flank SelectUSA Executive Director Vinai Thummalapally as they celebrate the signing  on March 3rd of a $1.5 billion, three-year MOU which the Director witnessed.

Chairman Yasuyuki Kimoto of Olympus Corporation models the Minnesota Twins jersey presented to him by Greater Minneapolis St. Paul CEO Michael Langley in appreciation for the firm’s recent investment, along with Matsuura Machinery, one of two Japan-Minnesota projects showcased.   Olympus Medical Systems President Akihiro Taguchi also joined.


SelectUSA Official: Free Trade Agreements Help Foreign Direct Investment (video)
(March 3, 2014) Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director of SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce, says 28 U.S. free trade agreements and the Trans Pacific Partnership give investors access to more than 740 million customers in a framework of confidence and trust.