Local, State and Regional Government Representation Worldwide
regional and national governments worldwide are struggling to retain
and attract businesses, and to grow the employment base of existing companies.
The prospects of seeing more local employment “outsourced” leads
government officials to carefully consider their region’s competitive
advantages and to take assertive steps to enhance them. We can help.
For over two decade, we’ve worked for local, regional and national
governments in the United States, in Japan and in Europe to design and
implement export-promotion, business retention and recruitment, local
and regional public-private sector initiatives, and other infrastructure
Foreign Direct Investment and Inward Investment
We have handled foreign direct investment (and inward investment)
projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of US, Japanese,
European and Indian investors. Foster represented the United States as
Special Counsel to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, charged with the task of
increasing U.S. exports to Japan. He later represented the entire U.S.
telecom and electronics industries as lawyer-lobbyist in Japan. His efforts
led to the successful sector-specific market opening approach that has
substantially increased U.S. exports of medical devices, telecom and
other high-tech equipment and value-added agricultural and forest products.
Representative Successful Initiatives we have handled:
Since 2004 we
have advised the City of Osaka, Japan, through our proprietary consultancy
T.R.A.D.E., Ltd., in Osaka’s efforts to enhance the competitive
advantage of local aerospace manufacturers competing with Chinese and
other low cost providers.
The State of Illinois helped finance our work on behalf of Fluid
Management L.P., to break
into the Japan market with its sophisticated industrial machinery.State
of Illinois funding also contributed to our successful efforts on behalf
of the Northwestern Steel and Wire Company enabling it to export structural steel beams directly to Japan!
We served as outside general counsel for JAE
Oregon, subsidiary of Japan Aviation Electronics
Industries Co., Ltd., in designing and building the most modern electronic
connector and electroplating facility in the U.S.
We handled all legal
matters and served as contract manager for TOK
America, Inc., subsidiary of Tokyo Ohka Kogyo, to design, build
and start-up the most modern photoresist manufacturing facility in the
Our work for Departments of Agriculture in Oregon
and Minnesota enabled them to obtain direct accreditations for their state agricultural
testing laboratories by the Government of Japan. These successful outcomes
substantially enhance exports by enabling direct exports of locally produced
agriculture products into markets like Japan that were previously out
of their reach because of “non-tariff” barriers.
We welcome inquiries from government
officials interested in export promotion, business retention or other
business development efforts. Contact