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GREETINGS AMERICAN STATE OFFICE ASSOCIATION(ASOA)

In addition to my regular duties as Director of the Japan Office for the State of Missouri it is with great honor that I have been asked to be President of the American State Offices Association (ASOA) for 2017.

Founded in 1980, ASOA's mission is to help promote greater trade & investment links and encourage more tourism and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Japan. With the support of the newly appointed Vice Presidents and the Committee Members of ASOA we stand ready to support the activities of those interested in closer cooperation between the U.S. and Japan.

At this time of global change the U.S. continues to be a large, attractive and diverse market and a world leader in innovation. This will ensure that economic ties between our two nations will grow as Japanese companies continue to globalize and seek new opportunities overseas.

It is no surprise then that foreign direct investment from Japanese companies into the US continues to grow at $41 billion, with R&D expenditures of $8 billion and 840,000 being employed by Japanese subsidiaries. Exports from U.S. are $79 billion and cover a broad range of goods and services.

ASOA will continue to play a key role in strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Japan to ensure win-win outcomes.

I look forward to serving as the President during the coming year.


Richard Lyle (State of Missouri, Japan Office)
President
American State offices Association

BOARD MEMBERS AMERICAN STATE OFFICE ASSOCIATION(ASOA)

Officers

President Richard Lyle (State of Missouri)
Vice President Masamichi Takahashi (State of Kentucky)
  Ichiro Hirose (State of Iowa)
  Paul Roland (State of Indiana)

Committee Chairpersons

Program Masamichi Takahashi
Shinobu Yoshitomi
(State of Kentucky)
(State of Colorado)
Trade and Investment Ichiro Hirose
Neal Jansen
(State of Iowa)
(State of Arkansas)
Communication Paul Roland
Dai Takagi
(State of Indiana)
(Intercast as IT advisor)
Treasurer Sumio Shibata (State of North Carolina)


ASOA Secretariat
E-mail: info@asoajapan.org