Associates

The U.S.-Japan Council maintains a dynamic group of young professionals (age 40 and under) known as Associates with the goal of inspiring life-long engagement in U.S.-Japan relations. Many are alumni of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program and TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program.

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Mr. Jonathan Abbott (Japan)
Director, KidArt International

Mr. Matthew Abbot (IL)
Director, Government and Diplomatic Programs, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Mr. Kopi Akasaka (NY)  
Fashion Designer, KOZABURO

Ms. Amy Ancona Houlihan (IL)  
Assistant Principal, Schaumburg School District 54

Ms. Kei Ashizawa, J.D. (Japan)  
MPA Candidate, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government 

Mr. Anthony Askew (MI) 
Program Coordinator, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Mr. Patrick Baird (TN)  
Founder & Principal, Axys Solutions 

Mr. Kenneth Barron (WA) 
Manager of Projects, Strategy and Business Development, China Asia Pacific, Starbucks

Mr. Yoichiro Basso (No CA)   
Brand Manager, GE Capital

Ms. Reina Boaz (NY)   
Managing Attorney, Reina Boaz Law PLLC

Mr. Michael M. Bosack (Japan)  
Deputy Chief, Government Relations Branch, Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Japan

Mr. John Hayato Branderhorst (No CA)   
Business Development and Strategy, btrax

Mr. Andy Bullins (NC) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Manager of Financial Accounting, Nucor Corporation 

Ms. Jennifer Butler (MS)  
Study Abroad Coordinator, Jackson State University

Mr. David Kenji Chang (NY)  jp.linkedin.com/pub/steven-chong/58/a70/14 
Portfolio Manager, Tyvor Capital, LLC

Mr. Steven Chong (Japan) jp.linkedin.com/pub/steven-chong/58/a70/14
Brand Systems Professional, IBM Japan

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Senior Analyst, S&P Dow Jones Indices 

Mr. Newcombe Clark (IL)  
Senior Manager, AIG Science Group

Mr. Robert Corder (IL) 
Vice President, Attraction, Battle Creek Unlimited 

Mrs. Leslie DeMoss (IL)   
Associate, New Magellan Ventures

Ms. Aimee Eng (No CA)  
Vice President of Programs, Thomas J. Long Foundation

Mr. Erik Fromm (NY) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Senior Associate General Counsel, AppNexus

Ms. Sayaka Fujii (Japan)
Chief Manager, Tourism and MICE Office, Kyoto City Office

Mr. Jason Fujimoto (Hawaii) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
President & COO, HPM Building Supply 

Ms. Kay Fukunaga (Hawaii)  
Director of Financial Analysis, Hawaiian Airlines 

Ms. Naomi Funahashi (No CA)  
Manager, Reischauer Scholars Program and Teacher Professional Development, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford University

Ms. Tammy Funasaki (So CA)  
Vice President, Evolution Capital Management

Ms. Georgette Furukawa-Martinez (DC) 

Ms. Miwa Gardner-Page (Texas)  
Strategic Partner Manager, Google

Mr. Ryu Goto (NY) 
Professional Musician

Mr. Thomas Gregg (CA)
Consultant, ES Networks

Mr. Travis Groth (TN) 
Director of Economic Development, Maury County Chamber & Economic Alliance

Ms. Lisa Guadagnolo (No CA)   
Corporate FP&A Manager, Gap, Inc. 

Ms. Mia Guild (IL) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Analyst, Accenture Digital 

Mr. Nate Gyotoku (Hawaii)   
Director, Sustainability Initiatives, Kupu 

Ms. Kimberly Haruki (Hawaii)  
Director of Integrated Marketing, PacRim Marketing Group, Inc.

Ms. Kuriko Hasegawa Wong (TX)  
Communications Manager, Accenture

Mr. Yuta Hasumi (Japan)  
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Japan, AIG Japan Holdings

Mr. Eric Hattori (IL)  
Co-Owner, Piko Street Kitchen

Ms. Naomi Hattori (IL)  
Director of Global Development, Choose Chicago

Mr. Takanori Hayashi (Japan)
Manager, Industry Accumulation Promotion Officer, Oita Prefectural Government Office

Ms. Dana Heatherton (No CA) Twitter_Logo_100.png
Brand Strategist, Shell Oil Company

Ms. Dawn Hewett (DC)  
Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives, U.S. Department of Commerce

Mr. Brandon Marc Higa (Hawaii)  
Grants Development Specialist / Chairperson, Staff Council, University of Hawaii

Mr. Jonathan Higa (NY)   
Business Operations Manager, Astronauts Wanted/Sony Music Entertainment

Mr. Timothy Higashide (CO)  
Business Operations Manager, Sakura Square LLC

Ms. Marie Hocker (MI) 
Local Affairs Manager, Government & Stakeholder Relations, Ford Motor Company

Ms. Yuri Hongo (Japan) 
Corporate Giving Officer, Japan Society of New York 

Ms. Mayo Hotta (Japan) 
Self-Employed/Consultant 

Ms. Aya Ino (No CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Director of Development and Communications, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California 

Mr. Craig Ishii (So CA) 
Executive Director, Kizuna

Mr. Kazunori Ishii (Japan) 
Revitalizing Local Economy Director, Kamaishi City Office 

Ms. Mari Iwahara (NY)   
Senior Designer, Landor Associates 

Ms. Tomoko Iwata (Japan)  
Biostatistics Reviewer, Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) 

Mr. Christopher Jackson (TX) 
International Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Ms. Alison Jean (MI) 
Interpretive Planner, Detroit Institute of Arts

Mr. Joshua Kagan (No CA) 
Director of Business Development and Sales, Clean Fund

Mr. Luigi Kai (Hawaii) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Managing Director, Kennedy Wilson 

Ms. Ellen Kamei (No CA)  
District Director, California State Assembly 

Ms. Emi Kamemoto (So CA)  
Project Manager, Innovation Protocol 

Dr. Tetsuya Kenneth Kaneko (No CA) 
Engineering Operations Manager, Apple 

Ms. Minori Kato (Japan)
Senior Manager, Thermal & Nuclear Power Division, Tohoku Electric Power Company

Mr. Yoh Kawanami (Hawaii) 
Director, Hawaiian Electric Company

Mr. Ryohei Kawanishi (NY)  
MFA Student, Parsons The New School for Design, School of Fashion

Mr. Benjamin Kennedy (MI) 
Director, American Cities Project and Deputy Director, Detroit Program, The Kresge Foundation

Ms. Rie Kijima (No CA)  
Interim Director, Stanford Graduate School of Education 

Ms. Christine Kitano (NY) 
Assistant Professor, Ithaca College 

Mr. Keiichi Kobayashi (Japan)
Senior Manager, Planning and Coordination Division, Toyama City Office

Ms. Natsuko Koike (Japan) 
Global Marketing Manager, UNIQLO Co, Ltd.

Mr. Zach Krahmer (OR)   
Photographer and Video Producer

Ms. Sonya Yuri Kuki (DC) 

Mr. Shun Kumagai (Japan)
President and Musician, Music Office Bop Wind 

Mr. Shotaro Kurata (Japan) 
Assistant Manager, Strategy Management Department, Kyushu Railway Co.

Ms. Janelle Kuroda (DC) 
Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Europe and Asia, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Ms. Lianna Kushi (MA) 
Executive Director, Entrepreneurship for All 

Ms. Caroline Mikumo Lee (NY)   
Senior Project Manager, TransPerfect

Mr. Robin Lewis (Japan)  Twitter_Logo_100.png
International Coordinator, Peace Boat 

Mr. Yuki Lin (Japan) 
Community Organizer, Airbnb

Dr. Phillip Yukio Lipscy (No CA)  
Assistant Professor (Political Science) and Thomas Rohlen Center Fellow (Shorenstein APARC ), Stanford University

Mr. Jeff Madden (TX)
Director, Committee of International Trade and Intergovernment Affairs, Texas House of Representatives

Ms. Kay Makishi (PA)  
Japan Sales Account Manager, European Union Entrepreneur's Program 

Ms. Aki Marceau (Hawaii)  
Hawaii Project Deployment, Elemental Excelerator

Mr. Riley Masunaga (Japan)   
Freelancer

Mr. Kenyon Mayeda (So CA)  
Account Supervisor, TDW+Co

Mr. Michael Mikawa (DC) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Juris Doctor, U.S. Federal Trade Commission 

Mr. Brandon Mita (DC) 
Attorney, Littler Mendelson, PC

Mr. Tasuku Miura (Japan)
Vice President, G10 Forex Trading, Goldman Sachs Japan

Ms. Shina Miyagi (Japan)
Public Affairs Program Assistant, American Consulate General Naha

Ms. Lynn Miyahira Krupa (Hawaii) 
Marketing Director, University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business

Ms. Umi Miyahara (Japan) 
Business Development Manager, Zwift

Mr. Nicholas Mizono (No CA)   
Designer

Ms. Arielle Montgomery (TX)  
Senior Finance Advisory, Shell Oil Company

Mr. Joshua Morey (So CA)  
Executive Vice President/COO, The J. Morey Company, Inc. 

Mr. Adam Moriwaki (NY)   
Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Ms. Ashley Nagaoka (Hawaii) Twitter_Logo_100.png
Account Supervisor, Anthology Marketing Group 

Ms. Erica Naito-Campbell (OR) 
Attorney/Shareholder, Bill Naito Company

Ms. Mana Nakagawa (No CA) 
Women's Diversity Program Manager, Facebook

Ms. Meg Nakamura (No CA) 
Co-Founder, Shift Payments 

Mr. Toshiki Nakashige (MA)  
Chemical Biologist, The Rockefeller University

Ms. Anri Nakayama (TX) 
Real Estate Agent, Sotheby's International Realty

Mr. Kenji Negi (IL)  
Inbound Marketing Specialist/Channel Account Manager, HubSpot Japan 

Ms. Andrea Nichols (MI) 
MBA Student, Harvard Business School 

Ms. Erika Ninoyu (AK) 
Band Director, Anchorage School District 

Ms. Mia Nishikawa (NY) 
Analyst, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Ms. Lauren Ohata (So CA) 
Regulatory Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Ms. Daniela One (IL)  
Economic Specialist, Consulate General of Japan, Chicago

Ms. Mari Orita (Japan)
Chief of Staff/Accounting Division, Hokuriku Electric Power Company

Mr. Kyle Oura (No CA) 
Founder, Vista Living 

Ms. Yoshie A. Oya  (Japan) 
Staff, Office of the Governor, Shizuoka Prefectural Government

Ms. Becky Paxton (TN) 
Development Coordinator, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

Ms. Alisa Prager (NY) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Physician, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 

Mr. Zachary Przystup (MA)  
Associate Director, Office of Executive Education, Tufts University, The Fletcher School

Mr. Malcolm Quon (CA) 
Institutional Research Analyst, University of California, Berkeley 

Mr. Dustin Rabideau (MA) 
Sr. Process Development Engineer, Microchips Biotech

Ms. Kaitlyn Ramirez (NY)  
Investment Banking Associate, Morgan Stanley 

Mr. John Rankin (Hawaii)   
Concierge Manager, Expedia

LT Jaden Risner (So CA)  
Naval Officer, Pilot, United States Navy

Ms. Maya Rogers (HI)   
CEO, Blue Planet Software

Mr. Jeremy Rothschild (IL) 
Chairman, Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago

Mr. Russell Saito (Japan)  
Director, IMPACT Foundation Japan

Mr. Steve Sakanashi (Japan)   
Director, Sekai Creator

Ms. Margot Sakazaki-Speck (Hawaii)  
Project Manager, Bank of Hawaii

Ms. Miki Sankary (IL)   
Sustainability Consultant, Goby, LLC

Ms. Courtney Sato (CT) 
Ph.D Student, Yale University

Mr. Rintaro Sato (Japan) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Strategy & Operations Director, Incubit, Inc. 

Ms. Yukiko Sato (Miyagi, Japan)
Administrative Assistant, International Affairs Division, Miyagi Prefectural Government

Ms. Kozue Sawame (MA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Program Manager, Fish Family Foundation 

Ms. Christine Schleppegrell (VA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Associate Attorney, Dechert LLP 

Ms. September Secrist (WA) 
Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce

Mr. Ryota Sekine (IL)   
Cofounder & COO, FitnessCubed Inc.

Mr. Yuuki Shinomiya (DC)   
Director & Chief of Staff, Septeni Global

Mr. Genki Shiohara (NY)   
Associate, RBL PARTNERS

Ms. Jean Shiraki (NY)  
Resident Physician, The Wright Center for GME/Unity Health

Ms. Sachi Siegelman (No CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png 
Financial Analyst, Worldwide Operations, Apple Inc. 

Ms. Sophie Spiegel (NY)
Teacher Assistant, P.S. 33 Chelsea Prep

Mr. Andrew Stewart (Hawaii)  
Attorney, Showa Law Office LLLC

Ms. Andrea Sugano (IL) 
Project Manager, CVS Health 

Ms. Jaime Sugino (NY) 
Manager, Investor Relations, Institutional Investor

Ms. Lindsey Sugino (No CA) 
Software Engineer, BulbRocket

Ms. Mai Taira (Japan) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Management Analyst, 18th Mission Support Group 

Mr. Winston Akira Taira (Hawaii)
Manager, Special Projects, King's Hawaiian

Ms. Mioko Tajika (NY) 
Partner, Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotto LLP

Ms. Akiko Takahashi (Japan) 
Associate, Nomura Holdings, Inc. 

Ms. Saki Takasu (So CA) 
Consultant, McKinsey & Company

Mr. Colby Takeda (Hawaii) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png Twitter_Logo_100.png
Administrator, The Plaza Assisted Living 

Mr. Tyler Tamashiro (Japan)
Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Ms. Yurika Tamashiro (Japan)
Sales Coordinator, Industrial Promotion Division, Okinawa Prefectural Government

Mr. Ryan Tanaka (Hawaii)
President, Island Business Management

Ms. Deena Tearney (Hawaii)   
Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Point

Ms. Kira Teshima (So CA) 
Associate, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Ms. Alisa Tobin (TX) 
JET Program & MEXT Coordinator, Consulate General of Japan, Houston

Ms. Evelyn Tokuyama (So CA)  

Mr. Stephen Toyoda (IL) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
President, Japanese Culture Center 

Mr. Rei Tsuchiya
 (DC)
Manager, Government and External Relations, Hitachi, Ltd.

Ms. Stacy Uchida (IL)  
Sales Operations Manager, The Kraft Heinz Company

Mr. Kenshiro Uki (NY) 
General Manager, Sun Noodle North America

Mr. Kenta Umetsu (MD)  
Children's Research Institute Facility & Biosafety Manager, Children's National Medical Center

Ms. Kaoru Utada (Japan)   
Alumni Manager, TOMODACHI Initiative, U.S.-Japan Council

Ms. Ginger Vaughn (Japan)  
Editor-in-Chief, CELEBTV (SET)

Ms. Nicole A. Velasco (Hawaii)   

Mr. Jeffrey Vogel (MA)   
Medical Doctor/CEO, Harvard University/RecoverMe Medical Solutions, Inc

Mr. Taiki Wakayama (NY) 
President, W&E Hospitality, Inc.

Mr. Kent Walther (Hawaii)
Vice President, Tradewind Capital

Mr. Allan Watanabe (Japan) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
CEO, PIPELINE K.K. 

Mr. Timothy White (DC)   
M.A. Candidate, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Ms. Jasmine Maika Wilson (NY)  
Chief Operating Officer, Stylism, Ltd. and President, Hoshuko Alumni Association

Ms. Laura Winthrop Abbot (VA)   
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, U.S.-Japan Council  

Ms. Erika Wiseberg (NY)   
Graduate Intern, Columbia University

Ms. Lilian Wouters (NY)   
Manager, JINS Eyewear US

Ms. Sakura Yagi (NY)   
COO, TIC Restaurant Group

Ms. Kendee Yamaguchi (WA)
Executive Director, Snohomish County 

Mr. Tomoyuki Yamaki (Japan) 
Assistant Section Leader, Fukuoka Prefectrual Government 

Ms. Mio Yamamoto (MA) 
Executive Director, WIT (World in Tohoku)

Mr. Ryan Yamamoto (So CA) 
Vice President, International Consulting & Marketing Group, Inc.

Ms. Mia Yamashiro (NY) 
Licensing/Marketing Coordinator, SUNRIGHTS Inc. 

Ms. Amy Yeung (NY)  
Deputy General Counsel, comScore

Mr. Steven Yoda (So CA) 
Attorney, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Mr. Colby Yoshimura (So CA) 
Executive Recruiter, CyberCoders

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