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May 10, 2011: Kurt Tong, Alicia Ogawa, Carl J. Green

(Click to enlarge) Ambassador Kurt Tong discusses Japan's economic recovery with East-West Center in Washington guests.

Japan's Economic Resilience

WASHINGTON, DC (May 10, 2011) -- Ambassador Kurt Tong, U.S. Ambassador to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, along with panelists Ms. Alicia Ogawa, Columbia University, and Mr. Carl J. Green, Hitachi Ltd., discussed the economic impact of the recent tsunami and earthquake, as well as challenges and opportunities for rebuilding in the coming years. Kurt Tong is the U.S. Ambassador to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum. He is also the Economic Coordinator for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, organizing bureau-wide efforts on economic policy issues. Ambassador Tong has spent 17 years working and studying in East Asia, including service at the U.S. Embassies in Manila, Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul. Most recently, he served as Director for Korean Affairs at the Department of State from 2008 to 2009. Prior to that, he was Director for Asian Economic Affairs at the National Security Council from 2006 to 2008.

Alicia Ogawa is the director of the Program on Alternative Investments at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at the Columbia University Business School. Until 2006, she was Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, where she was responsible for managing the firm's global equity research product. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Ms. Ogawa spent fifteen years in Tokyo, where she was a top-rated bank analyst and Director of Research for Nikko Salomon Smith Barney. An authority on the Japanese financial system, she has been called to testify in Congress several times and has published extensively in academic journals, in addition to equity research reports. Carl J. Green is Senior Advisor in the Washington, DC office of Hitachi, Ltd, where he formerly served as Senior Representative with broad responsibilities for both business strategies and public affairs. Prior to joining Hitachi in 1997, Mr. Green practiced and taught international business law. He was a partner in the Washington and Tokyo offices of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and a faculty member of the Georgetown University Law Center; he was also the founding director of Georgetown’s Asian Law and Policy Studies Program. In the past, Mr. Green has also served as the Ford Foundation’s representative in Japan and East Asia and president of the Japan-America Society of Washington.