for the Pacific Northwest Economy & Trade
An update on the state of US Japan relations and its implications for the economic, business, and trade relationships within Washington State.
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Keynote speaker: Marc Knapper
Director, Office of Japanese Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Marc Knapper will provide an update on U.S.-Japan relations. Marc is a rising star and immensely well respected by top Japanese opinion leaders as well as leaders here at home.
Marc Knapper is currently serving as the Director of the Department of State’s Office of Japanese Affairs. Prior to this assignment, he was Political Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He has also served as Deputy Chief of the Political Section in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and Political Counselor in Hanoi. Previously, he had assignments in the Office for Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in the Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul (twice), and in Tokyo as the aide to Ambassador Walter Mondale.
Marc graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in Politics and a minor in East Asian Studies. After graduation, he studied for two years at the University of Tokyo as a visiting graduate research student in international relations on a Monbusho scholarship and worked in the Liberal Democratic Party’s International Bureau. He is also a graduate of the Army War College. Marc speaks Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.
Kelly M. Ogilvie, Senior Policy Advisor
Governor's Legislative & Policy Office
State of Washington
Brad Miyake, City Manager
City of Bellevue
Hiroko Huntoon, International Buyer
Kathleen Paulson, General Manager
Global Sales & Strategic Partnerships
Delta Air Lines
Master of Ceremonies and Commentator:
Ambassador Michael W. Michalak (Ret'd)
Consul General of Japan