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Japan Documentation Center, Library of Congress
The Japan Documentation Center (JDC) is a project that specializes in Japanese public policy information. It provides current source materials in fields such as economics, commerce and industry

JETRO
(Japan External Trade Organization)
Japanese government related organization for promoting trade
and economic relations between Japan and other nations

Statistics Bureau & Statistics Center

Ministry of Economic and Trade

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

METI Regional Bureaus

Most Asian countries have Ministries of Commerce which are the equivalent of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  These Ministries attempt to promote their countries products, attract investment and regulate business.  Generally most Asian countries seek investment and the opening of foreign manufacturing and other projects because it expands employment, increases trade and tax revenues.  You may want to use the Ministry to check the information you are getting from other sources and to contact as a source of further data.

Ministry of Industry
The U.S. does not have a Department of Industry but many Asian countries do.  These Ministries goal is to encourage local and foreign firms to establish factories in the host country.  If you are interested in manufacturing, you may want to contact them.  If your target country does not have a Ministry of Industry, their embassy in Washington, DC may be helpful in connecting you with the correct government offices in the target country.
     
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 Japanese Embassies in your Countries

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Embassy in the U.S.

2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008

Telephone: (202) 238-6700
Fax: (202) 328-2187
Website: http://www.embjapan.org/

Most U.S. Embassies have at least one representative and in many cases a whole office that is sent to the target country by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The goal of these offices is to increase U.S. business with the target country.  These offices can be helpful in assisting you in researching opportunities in a target country.


  Embassies in Japan

 

American Embassy Tokyo
10-5 Akasaka 1-Chome
Minato-ku  Tokyo 107-8420
Mailing Address: Unit 45004 Box 204 APO AP 96337-5004
Tel: 81-3-3224-5000
Fax: 81-3-3589-4235
Website:http://usembassy.state.gov/tokyo/

The United States has Embassies in most countries in Asia.  These Embassies are headed by an U.S. Ambassador who is named by the President and subject to the approval of the U.S. Senate.  Typically Ambassador's are a mix of career and non career government employees.  All of these report to the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC.  The State Department has directed that development of trade and expansion of business are prime responsibilities of each Ambassador and his Embassy.  U.S. Embassies can therefore be an ally in helping you learn more about the market in their country, research opportunities and act as a last resort in case of problems that need political support.

Chambers of Commerce

ACCJ Tokyo Office
Masonic 39 Mori Bldg. 10F
2-4-5 Azabudai
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0041
Tel: (03) 3433-5381 Fax: (03) 3433-8454 Email: info@accj.or.jp
Website:http://www.accj.or.jp/

Most countries in Asia have U.S. Chambers of Commerce made up of member U.S. companies doing business in that country.  Typically large Chambers of Commerce have a hired staff person who acts as the Executive Director.  Smaller Chambers may have only a volunteer staff.  American Chambers of Commerce often are good sources of information on the ease or difficulty in doing business in the target country.  Oftentimes they can refer you to members who have detailed insight into set-up problems, the incidence of corruption in the host country or other challenges.  Oftentimes the target country will have its own camber of commerce which is seeking to promote business and investment in their country.  These Chambers which represent the target country can also be helpful.
Foreign Commercial Office

U.S. Trade Center Tokyo
Street Address: 7th Fl., World Import Mart 1-3 Higoshi Ikebukuro 3-chome Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170
Mailing Address: Unit 45004 Box 229 APO AP 96337-5004
Telephone: 81-3-3987-2441 Fax: 81-3-3987-2447
Website: http://www.ita.doc.gov/uscs/japan/japan.html

U.S. Embassy's Commercial Service Japan
Assists U.S. businesses import, locate partners/distributors, and conduct business in Japan.


Most U.S. Embassies have at least one representative and in many cases a whole office that is sent to the target country by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The goal of these offices is to increase U.S. business with the target country.  These offices can be helpful in assisting you in researching opportunities in a target country.

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