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Pritzker to Push for Deeper Ties
Trade mission will focus on energy and healthcare

By Andrew Wylegala

On October 19, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker will arrive in Tokyo with 20 US companies on a trade mission to Japan and South Korea. The secretary’s visit will be the first US Cabinet-led trade mission to Japan in over a decade.

Focusing on the mutually important energy and healthcare sectors, and enhanced trade between the United States and Asia, the secretary will meet with US and Japanese companies, as well as senior Japanese government officials.

As Secretary Pritzker stated, “[Our] presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region is longstanding. During the early days of the Obama administration, the president made a deliberate decision to deepen US engagement with the Asia-Pacific region.

“We have made a long-term commitment to the region, and no matter what crisis or opportunity may emerge, our expanded presence here will remain a cornerstone of our foreign and economic policy.”

Secretary Pritzker will highlight that expanding our shared prosperity is a pillar of President Barack Obama’s Asia rebalance. “This effort means deepening our trade and investment ties with existing partners—such as [those participating in the] Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Pritzker said.

CS-J and ACCJ Hone Social Media Skills

embassyThirty-six of our colleagues from the Commercial Service and the U.S. Department of State gathered at the Embassy of the United States in Tokyo’s American Center Japan for two-and-a-half days of exercises and discussions.

The workshop was aimed at improving participants’ capacity to communicate effectively in the digital sphere.

Ethan Schwalbe (pictured), associate director for external affairs at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, worked alongside US Foreign Service staff representing about a dozen markets. In line with the ACCJ’s mission, he brought the valuable private sector viewpoint to bear in discussions.



Andrew Wylegala is the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of the United States Tokyo.