Residency: Nov. 24 – Dec. 7, 2012
Public Talk: Nov. 28, 2012 on "The Sogo-Shosha: Japan's Unique Business Model in the Global Market"
Hidehiro Konno presented a talk entitled "The Sogo-Shosha: Japan's Unique Business Model in the Global Market" where he spoke on Japan's role in the global marketplace. He discussed what the sogo-shosha companies are, how these business models are evolving in Japan and its future. He also delivered a presentation titled "Japan's Energy Policy at a Crossroads," where he discussed Japan's energy policy from a business perspective.
Hidehiro Konno is board member of Mitsubishi Corp., Japan’s leading general trading company. Previously, he was a senior official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. His 34-year career included positions as counselor at the Embassy of Japan in the U.S., director general of the International Trade Administration Bureau and the Trade Policy Bureau, vice minister for international affairs, the highest trade position in the ministry. He has represented the Japanese government at the GATT/WTO, the UN and APEC, among others, and was also a visiting professor at Waseda University.