Thank you, Jeff, for the introduction. Jeff has recently returned to Japan as the Department of Energy’s attaché here. He continues the long tradition of excellent energy officers that have helped to support Japan across a broad range of energy issues.
I also want to thank our hosts here at the Tokyo American Center for graciously providing me with the opportunity to speak with you this evening. And thank you to our many Japanese friends here tonight, for the warm welcome and bright hospitality. It is great to be back in Japan.
Thank you, Sam, for the introduction. And thank you to the Council on Competitiveness for giving me the opportunity to speak here today.
Congratulations on your 25th anniversary. For a quarter of a century, you have fostered dialogue and promoted ideas that have helped keep America competitive in the global economy. I applaud your focus on strengthening U.S. manufacturing and I appreciate the collaborative effort your members have undertaken to produce the report that the Council is releasing today. To say that its publication is timely would be an understatement.