JETRO Chicago (Japan External Trade Organization)
JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) is a non-profit organization funded by the Japanese government for the purpose of supporting trade, investment and business expansion into Japan, as well as supporting Japanese companies looking to enter foreign markets. JETRO has over 70 offices in 54 countries worldwide, with six locations in the US: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. JETRO Chicago serves 12 states within the Midwest Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
MIDWEST, USA - (12 states)
RALPH A. INFORZATO is a Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago.
In August 2017, Ralph Inforzato was appointed Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago. As Chief Executive Director, he will oversee JETRO Chicago’s activities designed to facilitate trade and investment between Japan and 12 Midwestern states served by JETRO Chicago.
Prior to his new position, Mr. Inforzato served as Executive Director, Business Development for JETRO Chicago. In this position he worked to implement JETRO’s team based projects to directly engage in assisting US business expansion to Japan. He initiated in-bound and out-bound technology collaboration for US & Japanese small and medium sized companies, which resulted in numerous business agreements. He also sustained the relationships that JETRO Chicago has with business, state government and university leaders.
For the last thirty-three years, Mr. Inforzato has been involved in significant JETRO related business development projects: Japan–US Biotechnology Initiative (2002-2010), which has sent more than 500 representatives from North American life sciences companies, universities and research institutes to Japan, enabling them to initiate research collaboration and business development in the Japanese biotechnology and pharmaceutical communities. He is directly involved in the teams that implement JETRO’s Japan service robotics business development projects and JETRO’s Monozukuri program, a series of seminars focused on Japanese manufacturing philosophies for engineers in North American technology companies.
Ralph Inforzato – Chief Executive Director
+ 1 312 832 6000
Tsubasa Hashimoto - Director of Public Affairs
+ 1 312 832-6000 Ext. 103
Kelly Jo Highland - Assistant Director of Business Development
+ 1 312 832 6000 Ext. 203