Multilateral Trade and Economic Diplomacy: The Future of Japan-California Relations

Monday, November 13, 2017, 1:00 pm
Photo of Tomochiko Uyama
Tomochiko Uyama, deputy assistant minister at the Economic Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, shares his perspective on Japan's economic initiatives to foster new relations with California and the U.S. Free.
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 286
Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture, Economics Department
Christopher Weinberger
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Summary of talk

While the global value chain is expanding and deepening in today’s world, especially in the Asia Pacific, sentiments of anti-globalization and protectionism are also on the rise. More than ever we need to reconsider the rules (and processes for rule-making) that govern multilateral and regional trade and investment systems, including the WTO and the TPP, which face significant challenges in the current global climate. Under such circumstances, Japan seeks to develop new economic ties that will enhance its connections with the US and other countries in the Asia- Pacific, as well as with the European Union. Of particular focus in this effort is California. This talk will concern some of the aims and details of these new ties and policies.

Tomochiko Uyama

Tomochiko Uyama entered the Japan ministry in 1986 and has held various important positions related to trade and economic affairs over his career. He has served in several overseas postings on economic affairs, such as the Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva (covering the World Trade Organization) and the Japanese embassies in Egypt, the Philippines and the Republic of Korea.


Photo by Jay Louvion/World Trade Organization