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Sam Tabuchi
Senior Advisor – Japan
The CEA Group

Sam Tabuchi holds the position of Senior Advisor - Japan and is a leader of International Business Development.

Mr. Tabuchi is a Professor Emeritus at Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan; Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) PPP Working Party in Geneva; Director of Asia PPP Institute and Advisor at the Chodai Company.

Sam Tabuchi has spent over 30 years in the US working in the State of Florida. He worked at the Department of Commerce as a manager of the Asia Section in the promotion of Foreign Direct Investments from Japan and Asia. In private business, he promoted public transit system (high-speed rail) development with TOD (transportation-oriented development), developed in Japan, in Florida and in the US. He served as a Special Assistant to the USTR Office on loan to assist the US – Japan trade issues in 1980.

Mr. Tabuchi leads the promotion of regional economic development through Public Private Partnership around the world at UNECE PPP Working Party and Asia PPP Institute.

He became Chair of UN PPP Working Party in 2018 (re-elected in 2020), which promotes the People First PPP development around the world following the concepts of SDGs – Sustainable Development Goals of UN (2015 –2030). He works with other UN organizations such as UNHCR (UN Refugee Office) for their global fleet management programs in Africa.

Sam Tabuchi serves as Director of Asia PPP Institute (A3PI) established in 2011 by co-chairs of Dr. Mahathir (former prime minister of Malaysia) and Chancellor Shiokawa (former finance minister of Japan) to assist the development in Asia with the utilization of PPP. A3PI has supported various economic development programs in Asia including award winning projects.  

Mr. Tabuchi advises Chodai Company on various projects including improvements in the operation management of local governments in Japan through the programs sponsored by the Cabinet Office of Japan. He is also involved in the development of anti-earthquake low-income housing in Indonesia in working with Japanese companies and the government programs.

Sam Tabuchi finished his undergraduate degree from Rikkio University in Tokyo and a postgraduate in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

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