Associates

USJC 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.

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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)  
Vice President & Corporate Counsel, Legal Team, International Business Group, ORIX Corporation

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

Mr. Patrick Baird (TN)  
Founder and President, Libation Company

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

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

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

Mr. Robert Corder (IL) 
Business Development Project Coordinator, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization)

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

Ms. Aimee Eng (No CA)  
Program Officer, Thomas J. Long Foundation

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

Ms. Kimberly Fujinaka (Hawaii)  
Director of Integrated MarketingPacRim Marketing Group, Inc.

Ms. Kay Fukunaga (Hawaii)  
Director of Hawaii State Affairs, NextEra Energy

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) 
Advisor Intergovernmental & External Affairs, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy

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

Mr. Ryu Goto (NY) 
Professional Musician

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

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

Mr. Nate Gyotoku (Hawaii)   
Chief Operating Officer & Director of Programs, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i

Ms. Kuriko Hasegawa Wong (TX)  
Vice President, Japan, FleishmanHillard

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)  
Tourism Sales Manager, Choose Chicago

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

Ms. Dana Heatherton (TX)
Trading Operations Analyst, 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)   
Operations Manager, Astronauts Wanted

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

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

Mr. John Holman (Hawaii) 
Director, Pacific, U.S. Department of Commerce / U.S. Commercial Service

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

Ms. Allison Ikeda (GA) 
Infectious Disease Research Fellow, National Institute of Health

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

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

Ms. Ellen Kamei (No CA)  
Policy Aide, County of Santa Clara, Board of Supervisors

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

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

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

Mr. Zach Krahmer (OR)   
Photographer and Video Producer

Ms. Sonya Yuri Kuki (DC) 

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. Yuki Lin (Japan) 
Community Organizer, Airbnb

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

Ms. Kay Makishi (United Kingdom)  
Master's Student, University of Oxford

Ms. Aki Marceau (Hawaii)  
Project Manager, Energy Excelerator

Mr. Riley Masunaga (Japan)   
Freelancer

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

Mr. Michael Mikawa (So CA) 
Juris Doctor Candidate, University of Southern California School of Law

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

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

Ms. Shina Miyagi (Japan)
Executive Assistant, Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa

Ms. Lynn Miyahira (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. Adam Moriwaki (NY)   
Vice President, Goldman Sachs

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

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

Mr. Toshiki Nakashige (MA)  
Graduate Student,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

Mr. Kenji Negi (IL)  
Account Manager, Rakuten Marketing

Ms. Andrea Nichols (MI) 
Director, Business Development, Android Industries 

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

Ms. Lauren Ohata (So CA) 
Lead Project Manager, 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) 
Development Manager, Greystar

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

Mr. Zachary Przystup (MA)  
Assistant Director, Global Executive and Diplomatic Education, Tufts University, The Fletcher School

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

Mr. Dustin Rabideau (MA) 
Process Engineer, Advanced Technology, Tokyo Electron (TEL NEXX)

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

Mr. John Rankin (Hawaii)   
Expedia Local Expert, Expedia

Mr. J. Christian Rawson (Hawaii) 
Solution Advisor, Honeywell International

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. Steve Sakanashi (Japan)   
Director, Sekai Creator

Ms. Margot Sakazaki-Speck (Hawaii)  
Director of Project Management, Y. Hata & Company, Ltd.

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

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

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

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)   
Attorney, RBL PARTNERS

Ms. Jean Shiraki (NY)  
Resident PhysicianThe Wright Center for GME/Unity Health

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

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

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

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) 
AssociateNomura Holdings, Inc. 

Ms. Saki Takasu (So CA) 
AssociateMcKinsey & Company

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) 
Attorney, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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

Ms. Evelyn Tokuyama (Japan)  
Account Coordinator, Weber Shandwick

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

Ms. Stacy Uchida (IL)  
In Store Sales ManagerThe Kraft Heinz Company

Mr. Kenshiro Uki (NY) 
General Manager, Sun Noodle New Jersey, LLC

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)   
Executive Director, City & County of Honolulu - Office of Economic Development

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. 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)   
Senior Advisor, Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State 

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

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

Ms. Sakura Yagi (NY)   
Operations Officer, TIC Restaurant Group

Ms. Kendee Yamaguchi (WA)
Assistant Director, Washington State Department of Commerce

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

Ms. Mio Yamamoto (MA) 
Managing 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)  
Vice President - Legal, Dataminr, Inc.

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

Mr. Bryan Yonamine (No CA) 
Enterprise Account Development Manager, Adobe Systems

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

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