Proactive Agenda 

The USJBC hosts multiple events per month on members’ highest policy priorities related to supply chain resilience, healthcare innovation, digital transformation and governance, energy security, and U.S.-Japan cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. The council also produces reports, letters, submissions, and other direct advocacy on specific issues of interest to members. 

High-Level Engagements

The USJBC is recognized by the U.S. and Japanese governments as a leader on bilateral economic issues and both actively seek USJBC input and engagement. Through USJBC events and conferences, members get regular opportunities to engage candidly with the highest levels of policymakers.  

Unique Japan Connection 

The USJBC is the only U.S.-Japan business organization with a strong institutional relationship with a Japanese counterpart, the Japan-U.S. Business Council (JUBC), comprised of major Japanese companies. Together, the USJBC and JUBC serves as the preeminent private sector voice in the U.S.-Japan commercial relationship.  

Intersectional Programming 

The USJBC’s member companies represent industries ranging from consumer products to healthcare, advanced manufacturing, digital services, transportation, financial services, and more. Accordingly, the USJBC’s programming blends industry-specific policy concerns with broader trade, investment, tax, and regulatory issues affecting U.S. companies in Japan. 

Tailored Advocacy Counsel 

All USJBC members can take advantage of our staff’s deep experience working with and in Japan to develop tailored advocacy counsel to tackle their greatest policy challenges. Board and Chairman’s Circle level members can also take advantage of our assistance in securing appointments for corporate executives visiting Japan. 

USJBC Activities

Celebrating 60 Years of Powerful Business Advocacy  

The USJBC’s flagship conference, the U.S.-Japan Business Conference, is one of the longest-running fora dedicated to the U.S.-Japan private sector relationship. For more than 60 years, it has convened over 200 executives for annual discussions on the most pressing economic issues facing the United States, Japan, and the Indo-Pacific region. The final Joint Statement and its sector-specific annexes from our working groups are presented to the Government of Japan and the United States Government each year to provide policymakers with detailed recommendations from the business community. 

Sector-Specific Working Groups 

The USJBC operates five working groups: Digital Economy, Energy & Infrastructure, Financial Services, Healthcare Innovation, and Travel, Tourism, & Transportation. Each working group develops a robust annual agenda of meetings, policy submissions, and networking events to advance the shared interests of their sectors. 

Targeted Engagements and Outreach 

  • Annual Strategy Session held each January enables USJBC members to help set the year’s advocacy priorities. 
  • Joint Staff Meeting held mid-year with JUBC counterparts to assess progress on key priorities and challenges identified in the prior year’s U.S.-Japan Business Conference Joint Statement. 
  • Principal and Working Level meetings with U.S. and Japanese government officials. 
  • The USJBC Board of Directors conveys USJBC priorities and concerns to senior government officials via annual Washington and Tokyo advocacy meetings.