October 26, 2005
Doing Business in Japan in the New Environment:
Strategies for IT and Brick-and-Mortar Companies

International Incubation Inc. organized a seminar titled “Doing Business in Japan in the New Environment: Strategies for IT and Brick-and-Mortar Companies” in the Plestcheeff Auditorium at the Seattle Art Museum on October 26, 2005. The seminar consisted of 5 small sessions on various topics related to how to do business in Japan, and nearly 80 people attended it. Max Yoshimura (in the picture), President of International Incubation, was the Program Chair and lectured on various changes in Japanese business and tax laws, which affect American companies already doing business in Japan and those that are newly entering the Japanese market.

The other presenters were Mark R. Hennings, attorney at law with Merchant & Gould, on Intellectual Property; Hiroshi Yagi, President of IMAnet, Inc. on Employment Practice; David E. Wagoner, a Seattle-based arbitrator, on Resolution of International Business Disputes; and Wistar Kay of Washington State CTED, Sam Tsoming of U.S. Commerce Department and Daisaku Yukita of Japan External Trade Organization of San Francisco on Government Resources. Consulate General of Japan, Honorable Kazuo Tanaka made the closing remark. After the seminar, attendees enjoyed a wine and cheese reception at the Simons Board Room.

This program was sponsored by Japan-America Society of Washington and co-sponsored by JETRO San Francisco, Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle, International Practice Section of Washington Bar Association, the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA), U.S. Commercial Services, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, and Washington State Dept. of Community, Trade & Economic Development.

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