Japanese and American academics, business executives and diplomats will discuss bilateral and global economic issues at the Wisconsin-U.S.-Japan Economic Development Conference to be held June 19 in Lake Geneva, Wis., organizers said Thursday.

The speakers and panelists include Fred Bergsten, director of Institute for International Economics, Yutaka Kosai, chairman of Japan Center for Economic Research, James Keyes, chairman of Johnson Controls Inc., Takeo Shiina, chairman of IBM Japan Ltd., Richard F. Teerlink, chairman of Harley-Davidson Inc., and Tasuku Takagaki, chairman of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi.

Wisconsin Gov. Tommy G. Thompson will summarize American viewpoints, while Japanese Ambassador Kunihiko Saito will summarize Japanese viewpoints.

Representing the cosponsors, Yuzaburo Mogi, president of Kikkoman Corp., William McCoshen, Wisconsin’s secretary of commerce, and Katherine Lyall, president of the University of Wisconsin system, will address the meeting. It will be preceded by a symposium on food distribution in Japan and the United States on June 17 and 18 at the same site, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva.

Following lectures by American and Japanese experts, top retail industry executives from the two countries will discuss consumer trends and chain store strategies. The Japanese panelists are Masatoshi Ito, honorary chairman of Ito-Yokado Co., Isao Nakauchi, chairman of Daiei Inc., and Takuya Okada, president of Jusco Co.

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