Exploring New Partnerships and Opportunities in U.S.-Japan State and Local Economic Collaboration

Sean Connell
December 5, 2017

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 9

Exploring New Partnerships and Opportunities in U.S.-Japan State and Local Economic Collaboration

Increasingly important within the U.S.-Japan economic relationship are sub-national linkages at state, prefectural, regional, and local levels. Decades of expanding flows of trade and foreign direct investment (FDI), and resulting economic and supply chain integration, have generated impacts and benefits across every region of both countries. The growing prominence of regional industry clusters coupled with the co-evolution of policymaking that encourages the growth of innovation-driven industry sectors has positioned the state and local levels as natural areas for expanded bilateral economic activity. At a moment of transition in U.S. trade and economic policies, including toward Japan, these partnerships sustain and enhance economic cooperation. Recent examples of such partnerships provide models for future economic projects at the state, prefectural, local, and academic levels.


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About the Author

Sean Connell is Director of Business Recruitment for the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, Washington State. Previously he was Director for Japan and Korea at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the U.S.-Korea Business Council, and an International Affairs Fellow in Japan with the Council on Foreign Relations.  A former POSCO and Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center, he has also worked in state, prefectural, and local government in the United States and Japan.  His research activities focus on economic, innovation, and trade policy in Japan and Korea and their relations with the United States.


About the Sasakawa USA Forum

This paper serves as Issue No. 9 of the Sasakawa USA Forum, a platform for research and analysis related to Japan and U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, and global context. In order to gain a more comprehensive view of U.S.-Japan relations, the Sasakawa USA Forum publishes research from experts outside of our organization. Click here for details on how to submit research for consideration.


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