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This year, Deputy Chief of Mission Jim Zumwalt becomes the first US official to attend both the memorial ceremonies in Hiroshima on August 6 and in Nagasaki today, as Japan finds itself embroiled in another nuclear crisis as a result of the March 11 earthquake and...

A Round-up of US-Japan Trade Features

by Grace Ruch
Trade has been a central element of US-Japan relations, with its attendant ups and downs, for over 150 years. The Treaty of Kanagawa was the first agreement signed between the United States and Japan in 1854, the end result of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry’s famous...

The US Seafood Market and Southeast Asia

by Ray Hervandi
Southeast Asia is an increasingly important player in the US seafood market. Although stagnant fish stocks, growing demand for seafood products, and chronic overfishing are constraining mature fishery sectors, such as the United States’, the same trends are bringing...

It Takes Two: Imports Increase as US Trade with Asia Grows

by Grace Ruch
In April of this year, the United States trade deficit sharply contracted 11%, due to a strong uptick in exports, a drop in foreign oil purchases, and a sharp reduction in automotive and auto parts imports as a result of the disasters in Japan in March. However, last...
The third way that Japan’s automotive industry is closely interconnected with that of the US is through relationships between producers and parts suppliers. When assembly transplants were first established in the American heartland, they imported parts from their...

Fast and Furious: Asia-Pacific Fastest Growing Market for US Exports

by Grace Ruch
In his weekly address prior to his State of the Union speech in which he pledged to double exports by 2014, President Obama focused on job growth through trade. “If we’re serious about fighting for American jobs and American businesses, one of the most important...
In the days immediately following the Great Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disasters on March 11, business analysts predicted a drop in US exports to Japan in some sectors. However as Japan begins its long road to recovery, state economies may...
Over the last twenty years, US trade volume with Southeast Asia has tripled, from $45.9 billion in 1990 to $176 billion in 2010. During the same period, total US foreign trade also tripled, from $889 billion to $3.12 trillion.

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