How can regional governments, cities, SME's and industries successfully leverage their presence in the Pacific Rim area?
The firm has been engaged in transpacific programs and initiatives since 1983. Mr. Kaji proposed State Assembly Bill 3313 (Moore) which proposed that the State of California establish a trade office in Tokyo, Japan. The State Office in Tokyo was established in 1987. In 1993, Mr. Kaji was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson as the Director of the Office of Trade and Investment and served in that capacity until 1999.
Kaji & Associates proposed the creation of a Japanese Entrepreneurship Program in 2000. The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry funded the first program in 2002.
The first class of thirteen Japanese participated in the program, held at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. The program consisted of both classroom instruction combined with internships.
In 2006, a class of 22 graduate students from Doshisha Unversity Graduate School of Business participated in an expanded progam, which included instructors from USC, UCLA and UC Irvine. Since then, 17 of the students have created new businesses in Japan.
Mr. Kaji served as the Co-Chairman of the Little Tokyo Design Week event, along with Mr. Hitoshi Abe, Chair of the UCLA School of Arcitecture and Planing (2014). The program brought new architectural concepts, commercial design, fashion and technology from Japan and from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc), and the Art Center School of Design, Pasadena, CA for the weeklong event.
The firm is now focused on trending technology in the areas of senior care and the media arts.
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Kaji & Associates 18527 South Western Avenue Suite #15 Gardena, California, 90248 USA Telephone (310)327 7790 Facsimile (310)327 7898