ince establishing Japanese subsidiaries in Tokyo and Osaka in 2014, MGM Resorts Japan has been providing information on integrated resorts (IR) to government, industry, and private entities, and will continue to build relationships and gather information on the domestic market. The company also plans to open a new office in Osaka in the future.
Jim Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts International, commented, "We are very pleased to welcome Jason to the team and look forward to his contributions and insights. Jason's substantial experience as senior diplomat, his deep understanding of the Japanese culture, as well as his proven leadership, negotiation skills, extensive network and strong command of the Japanese language will be a tremendous asset as we promote activities in Japan."
Ed Bowers, MGM Resorts Japan Representative Officer and CEO, commented, "Opening a new office in the heart of Tokyo's business district and expanding our MGM Japan team reflect our strong commitment and determination. The new office will become our core hub as our team advances toward the realization of a resort that is uniquely Japanese."
As Charge d'Affaires and as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Mission Japan, he supervised more than 700 employees, five consulates and a language school, engaging daily with the most senior officials in government, business and academia. In his tenure at the U.S. Mission, he oversaw American participation in the G7 Summit, President Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima, and the revision of the U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines. He is a strong advocate for U.S.-Japan business partnerships, having worked closely with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), the U.S.-Japan Business Council, Japan Tourism Agency and other organizations. Jason believes in the enormous benefits of international tourism and has been a proponent of tourism across several assignments. He opened the U.S. pavilion at the JATA Tourism EXPO Japan 2016. He has spoken frequently on cyber security, innovation and trade policy.
Jason is grounded in foreign affairs from study at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, The National War College, University of California, Berkeley, the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies and as Visiting Foreign Scholar at the University of Tokyo. He has received numerous awards from the Department of State, including Superior Honor Awards, Meritorious Honor Awards, the Expeditionary Service Award and the Sinclaire Language Award.
To accommodate its expanding team, MGM Resorts Japan will relocate its office from Akasaka to Otemachi, Tokyo, and open a brand-new office in the central business district on 1 September 2017.