Terry Terasawa joined the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development in May 2019 as the director and representative of the Japan Office. His primary duty is to encourage Japanese companies to invest more in the State of Tennessee, together with the business development team in Nashville.
Terry also has a big interest in enhancing the relations between U.S. and Japan, not only from economic perspective, but as private diplomacy. In 2012, He wrote a centennial memorial report on cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., which were imported from Tokyo in 1912 as a symbol of the friendship between two cities. In 2014, he gave a presentation on “Womenomics in Japan” on Capitol Hill.
Terry was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and has lived in Yokohama, close to Japan Office. He has his B.A. from Keio Gijyuku, the oldest university in Japan. Prior to the current position, He worked for MUFG Bank and JTB Corporation, both of which are the largest Japanese organization in banking and tourism and lived in New York and Washington, D.C. for ten years during his assignments. The Japan Office is run by Terry and his deputy Yumi Mitamura.