James Echle has rejoined the U.S. Soybean Export Council as its Japan Country Representative in Tokyo. Echle previously served the American Soybean Association for 12 years, first as the ASA Southeast Asia director in Singapore from 1990- 1998, and then as the ASA Japan Director from 1998-2001. A native of Indiana, Echle has spent nearly 42 of the past 44 years in the Asia/Pacific region.

“As USSEC Country Representative in Japan, Jim will direct and oversee projects and activities servicing the largest soybean processing and importing customers, as well as activities that promote U.S. soy in animal and human utilization,” said USSEC CEO Jim Sutter.

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Japan, the third-largest international trading partner of the U.S., purchased 86 million bushels of U.S. soybeans and 14 million bushels of U.S. soy meal during the most recent marketing year. USSEC is based in Chesterfield, Mo.