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U.S.-Japan Business Council

The U.S.-Japan Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce advances U.S. business interests in Japan and promotes stronger economic ties between the United States and Japan.

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Since 1971, the U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC) has advocated for U.S. businesses in Japan to policymakers on both sides of the Pacific. Our proactive agenda of high-level engagements leverage the Council’s broad network and unique Japan connections to advance our members’ interests and the U.S.-Japan economic partnership. Our members include more than 60 of the most influential and innovative American companies with significant business relationships with Japan. The USJBC is chaired by Douglas Peterson, the President & CEO of S&P Global, and its Vice Chair is David Goeckeler, CEO of Western Digital.  

  • 5 member-driven working groups that coordinate our engagement on key sectors: Digital Economy, Energy & Infrastructure, Healthcare Innovation, Financial Services, and Travel, Tourism, and Transportation. 
  • 50+ year history in building strong, mutually beneficial business relationships 
  • 250+ senior executives attend our members-only U.S.-Japan Business Conference each year  

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.  

U.S.-Japan Business Conference 

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.   

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The Councils jointly represent 134 companies from both the United States and Japan, with sectors including the digital economy, financial services, healthcare, energy, infrastructure, travel, tourism, and transportation.

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