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Global Business Dialogue 

Japan's Bid To Join The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(Registration Opens at 8:00 a.m.)
McDermott Will & Emery
500 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001

With Acting USTR Demetrios Marantis

Not long ago, Washington's cherry trees, a gift from Japan, were in full bloom.  The 2013 blossoms are gone now,  though the U.S.-Japan friendship remains strong.  Indeed, it is on track to find expression in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Japan has asked to join.  The U.S. and others have signaled they want Japan at the table, but there are still a host of questions to be dealt with.    On May 1, we will look  at the opportunities Japan's participation in TPP would open up and at many of the negotiating issues that lie ahead.

Keynote Breakfast Addrtess By

The Hon. Robert B. Zoellick
Distinguished Visiting Fellow,
Peterson Insitute for International Economics,
Former USTR, former Deputy Secretary of State, and
former President of the World Bank Group

Morning Panels On

The Big Picture, An Overview

Issues for Industry and Agriculture

Ten Decisions - Views Beyond the U.S. & Japan.

Luncheon Address By

Ambassador Demetrios Marantis
Acting United States Trade Representative

Panel speakers to include.   The Hon. Clayton Yeutter (invited) of Hogan Lovells, Wendy Cutler from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Minister Takeo Mori, from the Embassy of Japan,  Everett Eissenstat from the Senate Finance Committee staff, Nick Giordano of the National Pork Producers'  Council, Bill Lane of Caterpillar,  Paul Neureiter of Amgen (Invited), Satohiro Akimoto of Mitsubishi Corporation, Peter Allgeier of the Coalition of Services Industries,  and  others to be announced.   The current draft agenda -- still a work in progress -- is available at On May 1st.

Price: $125 General Admission.  There is no charge for GBD Members, U.S. Government staff or press.   As the program will include a lunch, there is a special $25 rate for U.S. Government staff who stay through lunch.  To register, call the Global Business Dialogue at (202) 463-5074 or simply click the link below and follow the prompts.