Nota Bene Episode 69: Asia Check In: The Coronavirus’s Impact on Business, the Trilateral Summit, and Japan’s Criminal Justice System with Paul Kim


As we check in on the Asian markets for the first quarter of the year, we’re diving into various current events including the coronavirus epidemic, the Trilateral Summit between Japan, China, and Korea, and Carlos Ghosn’s complaints of the Japanese criminal justice system.

Joining Michael Cohen for this discussion is Paul Kim. Paul is a graduate of the University of Chicago, with honors, and obtained his juris doctorate degree from Harvard University.  Paul currently serves in private practice as a Corporate Partner in Sheppard Mullin’s Seoul office advising clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, venture capital and securities transactions, restructurings and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

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What We Discuss in This Episode:

  • How is the coronavirus affecting daily life and business activities in various Asian countries?
  • Is the fear over the coronavirus pandemic unsubstantiated?
  • Can we compare this coronavirus to the SARS scare of the early 2000’s? How are they different?
  • How is the Chinese government reacting to and handling the epidemic?
  • What was the purpose of the Trilateral Cooperation Vision for the Next Decade?
  • What topics were discussed between the three nations at the Trilateral summit?
  • Despite Russia’s geographical proximity, why is it not more involved in the regional political and economic scene?
  • What is happening with Carlos Ghosn, businessman and international fugitive?
  • What complaints did Ghosn have with the Japanese criminal justice system?
  • Are there differences between Japan’s and the U.S.’s prosecutorial systems?

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