U.S., Japan Business Councils Conclude 52nd U.S.-Japan Business Conference

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 1:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC), an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, today concluded the 52nd meeting with its Japanese counterpart, the Japan-U.S. Business Council. The two-day program covered topics ranging from the current state of bilateral relations, to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, to numerous other government-to-government and private sector initiatives and activities such as energy, healthcare innovation, financial regulations, and travel and tourism. 

“Our bilateral economic relationship is more cooperative than adversarial, and that is important to all of us who are advocates for a strong partnership,” said John Lechleiter, chairman of USJBC and CEO of Eli Lilly. “I am encouraged that this conference was able to focus on key areas of strength in our countries’ economic relationship.”

Speakers at the conference included U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), U.S. Representative Joaquín Castro (D-Texas), former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, and Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae.

“This gathering comes on the heels of a strong year for the U.S. relationship with the Asia-Pacific,” said Myron Brilliant, the U.S. Chamber’s executive vice president and head of International Affairs. “The USJBC played its part by hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April, with our member companies at the forefront of highlighting the many opportunities as well as some challenges of our bilateral economic relationship.”

The USJBC is a Washington, D.C.-based business association whose mission is to support U.S. business interests in Japan and promote stronger economic ties between the United States and Japan. USJBC member companies collectively account for a substantial share of overall U.S. economic activity with Japan, and place high priorities on doing business in Japan and helping forge the most cooperative and mutually beneficial economic relationship possible between the two countries.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 60 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.