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2016 Elections Preview Briefing with Former Congressman James Walsh and Former Congressman Bart Gordon

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On August 2, Keidanren USA hosted former Congressman James Walsh (R-NY) and former Congressman Bart Gordon (D-TN) from K&L Gates for a briefing titled, “2016 U.S. Federal Elections – The State of Play Post-Conventions.”  They led a discussion on the current state and potentially far-reaching implications of the 2016 elections.  Congressmen Walsh and Gordon provided insights into what is motivating the voters, the views of the Presidential candidates, what is at stake, the outlook for the elections, and the impact of the elections on such hot button issues as trade, taxes, security and foreign policy.  Representatives from 16 companies took advantage of this great opportunity to hear from these political veterans with a combined 46 years of experience in Congress.  The spirited Q&A session with member companies featured such questions as the accuracy of polling, the inability of anyone to foresee the rise of Donald Trump, and the viability of third party candidates.

Keidanren Summer Happy Hour

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On July 29, Keidanren USA hosted an informal summer happy hour gathering.  Guests included representatives from member companies in DC, Japanese Embassy personnel, members of Japanese media, and others.  We look forward to hosting more of these informal events, and encourage you all to stop by our offices as often as you can.

Roundtable Discussion on Impact of TPP with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Research Staff

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On July 28, Keidanren USA hosted Mr. Kyohei Yabu of JETRO’s Overseas Research Department in Tokyo and Mr. Atsushi Suzuki, Director of Research & Information Services in JETRO’s New York office for a roundtable event with member company DC representatives.   Mr. Yabu gave a presentation on JETRO’s education and outreach efforts to companies in Japan, including on tariffs and rules of origin.  Company representatives discussed the impact of TPP on their companies in the U.S. and issues they had faced regarding the certification of origin process.

Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Claude Barfield of the American Enterprise Institute

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On July 8, Keidanren USA hosted a roundtable discussion with Dr. Claude Barfield, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).  Having just returned from Europe, Dr. Barfield shared his insights on the U.S. reaction to Brexit and its political/economic impact.  Keidanren member companies actively questioned Dr. Barfield on such issues as the prospects for post-Brexit global engagement by the UK, the impact on foreign investment to the UK, and where the EU goes from here.