On April 26, 2013, Sasakawa USA welcomed Ms. Wendy Cutler for a private, off-the-record discussion on the implications of Japan’s possible participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Wendy Cutler joined USTR in 1988. She became the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in June 2004. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy towards Japan and Korea. In addition, she is responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. trade and investment agenda in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
Cutler has held a number of positions at USTR over the past twenty plus years working on bilateral and multilateral issues. She was the Chief U.S. Negotiator for the U.S.- Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement, which entered into force on March 15, 2012. She has negotiated of bilateral agreements with Japan on such as issues, telecommunications, insurance, and semiconductors. She is now leading the consultation process for considering Japan’s interest in joining the TPP negotiations. She also has extensive multilateral negotiating experience as the U.S. negotiator for the 1997 WTO Financial Services Agreement and several Uruguay Round Agreements. Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Cutler worked at the Commerce Department.