Beyond the immediate impact, the tragic events of March 11, 2011 also brought on dramatic changes in Japanese society, economics and politics. While in a mere 18 months there have been tremendous strides in reconstruction, adapting to these new paradigms will be Japan’s greatest challenge in moving forward.

In this edition of the Trans Pacific Partnership Series, Seiei Ono, President & CEO of Mitsubishi Americas, will address many of these challenges. How has the disaster impacted Japan’s relationships within the region? With the United States? Can Japan’s advantages in corporate competitiveness, global trade networks, and labor markets mitigate the uncertainties of political turmoil and changing energy policy? Mr. Ono will evaluate the current climate and attempt to answer the central question:

As Japan evolves in a post 3/11 world, how can it maintain its position as a regional leader and global economic power?

Guest Speaker

Seiei Ono
President and CEO
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)

presidentonoAfter graduating from The University of Tokyo in 1975, Seiei Ono joined Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and began his career in the metals business, including overseas assignments in Hong Kong in the 1980s and New York in the 1990s. In 2000, Mr. Ono became the Executive Vice President of MC Metals & Resources Corporation in Tokyo. In 2005, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and COO of the Non-Ferrous Metal Division. He then shifted to the Corporate Planning Department, which he later led, where he was a key player in developing the company’s management plan and steering MC through the global financial crisis as Executive Vice President and Division COO of Corporate Planning. In April, 2010 Mr. Ono became President and CEO of Mitsubishi International Corporation and in April of 2012 was appointed President and CEO of the newly established Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), a holding company for Mitsubishi Corporation’s operations in North America. He also serves as President of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.