Tokyo at night


Welcome Message from the Chairman

Chuck Robbins

Chief Executive Officer

As two of the world’s largest economies, the U.S. and Japan have a relationship that is very important to each other as well as to global trade and economic development.  Both countries are leaders in innovation and technology, and U.S. and Japanese companies play a major role as investors in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.

The U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC), an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is comprised of major U.S. companies that do business in Japan, and is the primary U.S.-based business organization that promotes strong economic ties between the two countries. Our core mission is to advance U.S.-Japan business and government ties, to identify and expand new opportunities, and to facilitate growth across sectors including digital economy, energy and infrastructure, financial services, healthcare innovation, travel, tourism, and transportation.

The USJBC has a strong track record of advocating for policies that have helped transform the U.S.-Japan economic relationship, resulting in a partnership between the two economies that is cooperative, constructive, and serves as a model for cross-border business relationships across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. As Chairman of the USJBC, I look forward to building on the long history of the Council, and will strive to forge new opportunities for innovation and cooperation in ways that deliver growth and prosperity. I invite businesses of all sizes and sectors to join us to share your vision, leadership, and international business experience to further the Council’s mission and expand two-way American business, trade and investment with Japan.

Chuck Robbins is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco. He assumed chairmanship of the USJBC on November 4, 2016, following former USJBC chairman Dr. John Lechleiter, President, Chairman and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company.


Board Members


Charles D. Lake II
President, Aflac International
Chairman and Representative Director, Aflac Life Insurance Japan Ltd.
Seiji Kiyohara
Executive Vice President, Regional President for Asia
American Express Company
Will Shaffer
President, Boeing Japan
Vice President, Boeing International

Lee Waite
Representative Director, President and CEO
Citigroup Japan Holdings Corporation

Takanao Tamai
Johnson & Johnson K.K. and Medical Company, Japan

Alfonso "Chito" Zulueta
Senior Vice President, Eli Lilly and Company
President, Lilly International

Eric Clurfain
President and CEO
MetLife Life Insurance K.K

Ed Bowers
Representative Officer and CEO, MGM Resorts Japan
Executive Vice President, Global Development, MGM Resorts International

Alberto Tamura
President & CEO
Morgan Stanley Japan Holdings Co., Ltd.
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd. 

Scott Sleyster
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, International Business
Prudential Financial, Inc.

Kazuya Ogawa
Zimmer Biomet G.K.

Myron A. Brilliant
Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Members (as of October 2020)

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)
American Express
Amway (Alticor, Inc.)
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
Boston Scientific
Bristol Myers Squibb
Caterpillar Inc.
Centrus Energy Corporation
Delta Air Lines Inc.

Eli Lilly and Company
Exelon Nuclear Partners
FedEx Express
General Atomics
General Electric
Gilead Sciences
IBM Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Las Vegas Sands Corporation
Lockheed Martin
McLarty Associates
Medtronic Inc.
MGM Resorts International
Morgan Stanley

Pfizer Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Philip Morris International
Procter & Gamble
Prudential Financial Inc.
RGA Reinsurance Company
S&P Global
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Xcoal Energy &Resources
Zimmer Biomet



Chairman's Circle Benefits include:

  • Seat on the Council's Board of Directors and priority access to Council's leadership;
  • Leadership role in setting the strategic direction of the U.S.-Japan Business Council;
  • Customized advocacy counsel to resolve trade and commercial issues with Japan;
  • Opportunity to chair a sector-specific Working Group and set sector-specific advocacy goals;
  • Priority invitations and leadership opportunities for briefings, bilateral meetings and conferences, and exclusive programs with senior Japanese and U.S. government officials;
  • All corporate membership benefits listed below.

Corporate Member Benefits include:

  • Opportunities to engage in members-only events and trade missions;
  • Input into Council policy position papers and reports;
  • Participation in sector-specific working groups;
  • Invitations to briefings, bilateral meetings and conferences;
  • Increased visibility for company branding;
  • Assistance with securing appointments for company executives visiting Japan; and,
  • Networking through plenary meetings and briefings.


For information on joining the U.S.-Japan Business Council please contact Sonna Russo.