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BIDEN-SUGA, U.S.-JAPAN SUMMIT  Launch of the “New Era Partnership”

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On April 16, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga became the first foreign leader to meet with President Biden in the White House.  The Government of Japan was determined to be the first, because of the message it sends at home and abroad about the importance of the Japan-U.S. Alliance.  The Biden administration said “yes” for the same reason.  

“Government Relations Powerhouse”: GR Japan and the GR Group are highlighted in this month’s edition of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan magazine.

“Government Relations Powerhouse”: GR Japan and the GR Group are highlighted in this month’s edition of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan magazine. The article explains how GR Japan grew into the leading and most effective government relations firm in Japan over the past ten years, and notes the experience and expertise of the GR Group team in government policy and decision-making. Click on the link for the full article: https://lnkd.in/gKKrQ6P

 

SPECIAL SEMINAR ON POLICY DIRECTIONS FOR JAPAN’S NEW PRIME MINISTER (WEBINAR)

On 18 September, former Japanese Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Koji Tsuruoka, GR Japan’s CEO & President Jakob Edberg, and Executive Director of the GR Group in Washington D.C. Jim Fatheree spoke about the prospects and challenges facing newly appointed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s first new prime minister in nearly eight years. 

Challenges and priorities for the new PM

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Yoshihide Suga to succeed Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was today elected leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and will be formally appointed prime minister on 16 September. Suga won with more than 70% of the vote against former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba. 

GR Japan’s analysis looks at the nature of his victory, what it means for Japan, and where Suga is set to lead the nation. 
 

2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of GR Japan

2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of GR Japan, the leading government relations firm in Japan. Co-founders Jakob Edberg and Philip Howard were interviewed by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and discussed how the company grew from a two-person enterprise to a team of over 70.
 

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GR Japan - Update on succession of Prime Minister Abe

Only days after he became the longest continuously-serving prime minister in Japan, today Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced to resign from his position, saying that he wishes to prevent his deteriorating health to interfere with his duties and judgment.  The candidates for permanent successors include Yoshihide Suga (Chief Cabinet Secretary), Taro Aso (Deputy Prime Minister), Ishiba Shigeru, and Fumio Kishida.  Confronted with a pandemic, economic downturn, and foreign policy challenges, turbulent times lie ahead for the one who takes the wheel after Abe

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