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Release: Nov.7, 2002

Tippie College of Business co-hosts panel discussion on Japanese economy Nov. 15

The University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie College of Business will co-host a panel discussion Nov. 15 about the business climate and economy in Japan.

The event, "Japan Today: The Challenges Ahead," begins with a continental breakfast at
8:30 a.m. Nov. 15 in Room S401 the Tenneco Colloquium of the John Pappajohn Business Building (PBB). It is part of a Midwest Japan Lecture Series Program initiated by the Chicago office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in partnership with the Tippie College of Business, the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and External Relations. The JETRO group is visiting groups in the Midwest to strengthen trade between the U.S. and Japan.

The panel discussion, which will be moderated by Raymond Riezman, UI professor of economics, will take place from 9-11 a.m. and will begin with remarks from Steven Hoch, associate provost for Academic Programs, dean of International Programs, and UI professor of history. Panelists include: Robert Karr, an attorney at Ross & Hardies in Chicago specializing in business litigation, Japanese business, corporate law and immigration issues; Tomoharu Washio, chief executive director of the Japan External Trade Organization in Chicago; Stephen Vlastos, professor of history and director of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the UI; and Etsuro Honda, chief representative, deputy consul general and minister of Japan's Ministry of Finance in New York.

Reservations for the event should be made by Nov. 11 with Ann Knudson, assistant director of the Institute for International Business in the Tippie College, at or (319) 335-1379.

Bios of the panelists are available at: