Honorary Consul of Japan in NC Discusses Business and Cultural Relationship With Japan
October 19, 2017
Nexsen Pruet attorneys David Garrett and David Robinson spent ten days in Japan as delegates with the North Carolina Bar Association's Attorney Exchange Program. Robinson is the Honorary Consul of Japan in North Carolina and is well-versed in Japanese culture.
Garrett and Robinson helped organize the trip and the group’s meetings with law firms, government officials, businesses and bar organizations. In the first three days in Tokyo, they met with Sumio Shibata, Director of North Carolina’s Trade Office in Japan, Shiro Akiyama from JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), Youquing Ma, from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Andy Conrad the General Counsel for AFLAC in Japan, had a legal briefing at the largest law firm in Japan named Nishimura & Asahi and had a meeting with the Dai-ni Bar Association, the largest bar association in Tokyo.
After that, they traveled to Kyoto to attend a law school class at Doshisha University Law School on the legal structures of Japan, and then met with representatives of several law firms in Kyoto and officers of the Kyoto Bar Association who introduced them to the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. Returning to Tokyo, they met with representatives from the Development Bank of Japan, and finally they had a one-hour meeting with Atsuyuki Oike, Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat and Deputy Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Adding to the schedule, Robinson commemorated a sister city relationship between Raleigh, North Carolina and Bunkyu-ku.
Nexsen Pruet is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 190 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C. Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues.