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Experts at MIT conference to discuss US investment opportunities in Japan

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Experts from prestigious universities, the government, think tanks and the private sector will discuss opportunities for US investments that exist in the midst of Japan's chaotic economy in a conference sponsored by the MIT Japan Program Jan. 11-12.

The conference, entitled, "From Bullying to Buying: Opportunities for Foreign Investment in Japan," includes an all-day seminar on Jan. 12 that will focus on economic outlook, reform and regulatory changes, asset acquisition and the effects of reform in US policy. Issues that will be discussed include what to look for, what to avoid, and the implications of US policy. "Learn how to create, manage and control a foreign-owned firm as the 'Big Bang' combines with international pressures to open Japan to foreign investment," the program's sponsors say.

Key speakers at the conference include MIT Professor Richard J. Samuels, director of the MIT Japan Program; David D. Hale, global chief economist at the Zurich Group, who will deliver the keynote speech at the opening night dinner on Monday, Jan. 11; Jesper Koll, former vice president of JP Morgan Japan, now managing director of Tiger Management Japan LLC, and Kurt Tong, first secretary of the trade policy unit for the US Embassy in Tokyo.

Other participants include Frank B. Gibney, president of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, Claremont, CA; Edward J. Lincoln, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; Research Fellows David Asher of MIT and Robert Madsen of Stanford University, and Associate Professors Eugene Dattel of the NYU Stern School of Business and Steven Vogel of Harvard University.

For additional information, contact the MIT Conference Services Offices by phone at (617) 253-1700 or by e-mail at

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