WASHINGTON - The
United States today announced eight U.S. business leaders chosen to join eight
of their Japanese counterparts in developing economic reform recommendations for
the U.S. and Japan. The group will meet with government officials from both
sides on April 14 in Washington, D.C.
are chosen annually to participate in the U.S.-Japan Private Sector/Government
Commission which was launched on June 30, 2001 as an important component of the
U.S.-Japan Economic Partnership for Growth by President Bush and Prime Minister
Koizumi. The Commission is comprised of both U.S. and Japanese government and
private sector representatives.
"We are extremely
pleased with the caliber of this group of business leaders and believe their
private sector expertise and experience will contribute significantly to helping
us work with Japan to bolster reform and promote growth," said United States
Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick.
stability is vital to the health and growth of both the U.S. and Japanese
economy. This group of leaders will offer invaluable solutions to grow jobs,
enhance productivity and improve the quality of lives in both countries," said
Commerce Secretary Don Evans.
The topic for the
2003 Commission meeting is "Successfully Meeting Economic Challenges in the 21st
Century," which would include discussions on increasing productivity, enhancing
competitiveness, promoting growth and improving standards of living in our
societies. Participants from the United States and Japan were selected by their
respective governments. Attached is the line-up of private sector members from
both the United States and Japan.
Private Sector/Government Commission
(in alphabetical order)
Timothy C. Collins
Senior Managing Director &
Ripplewood Holdings LLC
Edward J. Ludwig
Chairman of the Board, President
Becton, Dickinson & Co
General Electric Japan Ltd
Microsoft Asia Ltd
T. Timothy Ryan*
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co
Robert G. Scott
* also served on the 2002
Toyota Motor Corporation
Nomura Securities Co., Ltd
of the Board
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group
Executive Vice President
Internet Initiative Japan, Inc.
Takeda Chemical Industries, Ltd