Japan’s New Military: A Regional Player Now

A massive, but flawed Fukushima/Tohoku response, the Senkaku islands confrontation with China, proposed amendments to Japan’s post-war Constitution regarding its defense capabilities, developments in relations with other regional militaries, the successful “Dawn Blitz” joint amphibious landing at Camp Pendleton with U.S. Marines, and then the Abe/Yasukuni visit…. what is actually happening on Japan’s military side that many are  missing?

This program is about a new Japanese military with new, enhanced capabilities that have been achieved with remarkable speed over the past 18 months.

This week, Grant Newsham (formerly, Col. USMC), a Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo and formerly the U.S. Marine liaison officer with the Japan Self Defense Forces joins “Asia in Review” Host David Day for a fascinating discussion on this topic.

Mr. Newsham is also a former diplomat with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and formerly a Director of a major Tokyo financial firm.

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Business: Going International–The Critical “How To”

There are all kinds of challenges that a small or medium-sized business faces when contemplating a move into a new market overseas: problems with payment, shipping, customs & duties, cultural barriers, distribution and marketing nightmares, taxes, local management/partner problems, customer service, language barriers, corruption possibilities, different methods/style of doing business, and on and on.  For many entrepreneurs and small businesses, these challenges can be so daunting that the business is frozen and stagnates within its smaller domestic market.

Richard Swanson Director, Pacific South Region U.S. Commercial Service

Richard Swanson
Director, Pacific South Region
U.S. Commercial Service

It does not have to be this way. The trick is to understand the tools available for free or very little cost to the entrepreneur and small/medium sized business through the U.S. Commercial Service.  An enterprise entering new business mileu needs both business market intel as well as front-line, “on the dirt” experience in the new, target market,  both in initially putting the deal together and later in assisting on the back end should problems or misunderstandings develop.

Hosted by Asia in Review’s David Day, here is a candid and educational conversation with Richard Swanson, the Director for the Pacific South Region of the U.S. Commercial Service, which includes not only Hawaii and the Pacific Islands (Guam, American Samoa, Saipan, etc), but also the Southwestern states of California, Nevada, and Arizona.

During the course of this discussion, Mr. Swanson walks the business owner through the “how to” steps of using the U.S. Commercial Service to get underway successfully in new markets overseas. He discusses how to prepare for and then set up the “face-to-face” approach with USCS pre-vetted potential partners/dealers/distributors. In addition, Mr. Swanson talks about the “trade show” approach, and how to effectively tackle both the international and domestic trade shows with the assistance of the USCS.

Finally, Mr. Swanson and David Day talk about an example of a successful Hawaii company, Oils of Aloha, that partnered with the USCS several years ago and has been breaking into new market after new market ever since.

This show was broadcast on radio and television throughout the Hawaiian & Pacific Islands and then streamed globally.

 

 

 

 

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The Asia-Pacific Region’s Flashpoints: An Update

Brad Glosserman Executive Director Pacific Forum, CSIS

Brad Glosserman
Executive Director
Pacific Forum, CSIS

Pacific Forum CSIS’s Executive Director, Brad Glosserman, reviews with David Day the key tense and potentially dangerous security Flashpoints that the Asia-Pacific Region now faces.

 

Asia Pacific Region

Asia Pacific Region

The conversation places these Flashpoints in the context of the rising economic dynamism of the Region, the re-focus of the “whole of government and business” into the Region and its need for stability and security. Potential border spillover Flashpoints are considered with (1)  the ethnic violence in Myanmar,(2) the latest developments in the South China Sea disputes (including the possibility of China now dragging Malaysia into the fray, in addition to the Philippines and Vietnam), (3) China’s dispute with Japan over the Senkakus, and (4) the current situation with the enhanced bellicose rhetoric coming out of North Korea.

 

Hosted by David Day

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Assisting American Business in Asia

An in-depth interview with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, Craig Allen. Hosted for Hawaii statewide television by David Day, this program explores the role of the the U.S. Department of Commerce in facilitating American business in Asian markets.

The show covers the significance of exports, initiatives for tourism, special business opportunities that are coming, the significance of the U.S. Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and its impact upon the U.S. and Hawaii, in particular. Interestingly, the conversation also turns to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and special issues involving trade between the U.S. and China.

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Exchange between David Day and U.S. Secy of Commerce John Bryson during APEC week

This exchange between the newly-appointed U.S. Secretary of Commerce, John Bryson, and David Day took place during the APEC week in Honolulu in November of 2011. This particular conference was held at at the Foreign Trade Zone in Honolulu on November 10, 2011. Here, David lays out a series of suggested actions for the “new” U.S. Commerce Dept to undertake as a means of enhancing its support for business in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. This video does not include a portion of the exchange in which Mr. Day is urging Commerce to focus on using Hawaii more often as a “gathering place” for critical meetings and conferences, like APEC, that involve business in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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Hawaii’s Surprising Gains in International Business Development

In this television show, David Day hosts the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S Commercial Service, Mr. Suresh Kumar. David and Suresh engage in a lively discussion over the surprising improved performance of Hawaii business in international exports and business. During this program, the discussion also features specific Hawaii companies that have won national export awards, the role of the U.S. Commercial Service in supporting American business here in the Asia Pacific Region, and the business opportunities flowing to Hawaii business out of the 2011 APEC Conference in Honolulu.

Suresh Kumar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. Commercial Service.

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Business Opportunities in the New Indonesia

In this television program, international lawyer David F. Day discusses with James Castle, a well-known business icon (and former AMCHAM Jakarta Chairman) in Jakarta, the New Indonesia, its changes and the opportunities it now affords for the astute investor or business entrepreneur.

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What Hawaii can do to take advantage of the APEC Summit?

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Al La Porta and David F. Day discuss APEC, what APEC means for Hawaii, and what it is that Hawaii can do to not only prepare for, but take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity. This program also includes discussion about Mongolia’s role as an intermediary between the U.S., China, and North Korea and also Mongolia’s potential for assisting North Korea in its economic development.

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