As of January 2020, Joe Chapuran – ITF’s VP of International – was officially appointed as:
Advisor - Shizuoka International Business Association (SIBA)
SIBA is a Shizuoka Prefecture association of companies that are involved in international business. His function is to assist Shizuoka Prefecture companies to expand their business activities in Nebraska and the Midwest, seek businesses looking to expand into Japan and promote Shizuoka Prefecture and its companies, and to engage in business matchmaking efforts where appropriate.
Joe previously studied at Shizuoka University where he earned a Specialized Degree in Japanese Language and Economics. Joe also did work for a large marketing company based in Shizuoka. While he was in charge of International Efforts at the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Joe arranged Nebraska and Shizuoka Prefecture to sign an agreement on mutual economic development efforts.
Through this new appointment there will new expanded opportunities for clients of ITF to access the Japanese market and cooperate with Japanese companies and financial institutions in the area of international trade and finance