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

Ms. Yumi Adachi (Hawaii) 
Vice President, Aichi Fukkou Co.

Mr. Kopi Akasaka (NY)  
Fashion Designer, KOZABURO

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

Ms. Kei Ashizawa, J.D. (TX)  
Attorney, Kei Law PLLC 

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

Ms. Emi Au (Hawaii) 
Senior Vice President, American Savings Bank

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

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

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

Mr. Keiji Drysdale (NY) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Clinical Application Engineer, NYU Langone, Department of Neurosurgery

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. Claire Fukuoka (Hawaii) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Project Manager, Austin, Tsutsumi & Associates, Inc.

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

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Economic Affairs Researcher, Consulate General of Japan

Ms. Tammy Funasaki (So CA)  
Head of Investor Relations, Breakwater Management LP

Ms. Georgette Furukawa (So CA) 
Vice President of Government Affairs, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

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
Consultant, Accenture Interactive

Mr. Nate Gyotoku (Hawaii)   
President, Junior Achievement of Hawaii

Mr. Takashi Hamada (CA) 
Fire Engineer, Santa Fe Springs Fire Rescue

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Marketing Manager, SCL Health Good Samaritan Medical Center

Ms. Kimberly Haruki (Hawaii)  
Community & Market Development Manager, Central Pacific Bank

Mr. Yuta Hasumi (Japan)  
Founder & CEO, Ikigai Authentic Ltd.

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
Director of Operations & Business Strategy, A3Ventures

Ms. Dawn Yamane Hewett (DC)  
Of Counsel, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

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

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Fund Development Manager, Densho 

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. Yuki Inoue (Japan)
News Anchor & Reporter, NHK 

Mr. Craig Ishii (So CA) 

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

Dr. Daiki Ishiyama (IL) 
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Physician, NUCCA JP

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 

Mr. Kensuke Kashiwagi (NY)
Manager, Finance and Business Development, Downtown Music Publishing

Mr. Leo Kasuya (So CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Senior Project Leader, King's Hawaiian

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

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

Mr. Shimpei Kawasaki (NJ) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Attorney, Helbraun & Levey LLP

Mr. Derek Kenmotsu (No CA)  
Founder & CEO, Ignite 

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. Kyla Kitamura (DC) 
Manager, Government Affairs, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association

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

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

Mr. Timothy Koide (No CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Principal, External Technology Acquisition, Coca Cola Company

Ms. Natsuko Koike (Japan) 
Manager, Global Marketing Division Category Marketing Team, Fitness Explorer Category Team, ASICS Corporation

Mr. Zach Krahmer (OR)   
Photographer and Video Producer

Ms. Sonya Yuri Kuki (DC) 

Mr. Blake Kumabe (WA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Associate, Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP

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. Maiko Kyogoku (NY) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Owner, Bessou Restaurant 

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

Ms. Aya Leslie (HI) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Director of Development and Marketing, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

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)  
Founder, Makishi Apparel

Ms. Aki Marceau (Hawaii)  
Managing Director, Policy and Community, Elemental Excelerator

Mr. Riley Masunaga (Japan)   
Freelancer

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

Ms. Ella McCann (IL) linkedIn_logo_100.png
International Programs Manager, Chicago Sister Cities International

Mr. Mark McNeil (Tokyo) linkedIn_logo_100.png
Project Leader, Marketing, McDonald's Japan

Mr. Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic (NY) 
Artist, House of Alms

Mr. Michael Mikawa (VA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Attorney, U.S. Federal Trade Commission 

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

Mr. Kai Mitsushio (IL) 
Strategic Customer Success Manager, G2

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 (Hawaii) 
Account Director, iQ 360

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)  
Chief Executive Officer, The J. Morey Company, Inc. 

Mr. Adam Moriwaki (NY)   
Vice President, Beach Point Capital Management

Mr. Max Mullowney (Japan) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Sound Designer, Assemblage KK

Ms. Anna Nagamine (Japan) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Manager, Technology Development and Innovation Center, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology 

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

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

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

Mr. Shohei Narron (No CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Lead Solutions Consultant, Looker Data Sciences

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

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

Ms. Alyssa Nilemo (CO) 
Executive Aide, City of Westminster

Mrs. Anna Ninoyu (IL) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Architect/Owner & Co-founder, METIS Design LLC

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

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

Mr. Mitch Noguchi (HI) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Agent, Noguchi & Associates, Inc.

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

Ms. Eiko Okamoto (NY) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
General Manager, CyberGym NYC; Founder, EOKA NYC

Ms. Lea Okudara (HI) 
Communications Manager, Kupu

Ms. Daniela One (IL)  
Controller, Ignite Gaming

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

Mr. Kevin Otsuka (Japan) 
Founder & CEO, ABC Coffee Club 

Mr. Trace Otsuka (NY) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Senior Manager - Corporate Affairs, ITO EN (North America) INC.

Mr. Kyle Oura (No CA) 
CFO, A&A Senior Living

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

Ms. Jordan Ozaki (HI) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
MBA Student, University of Hawai'i

Ms. Courtney Ozaki (CO) 
Operations and Business Director, Lone Tree Arts Center 

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

Ms. Alicia Rose (So CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Juris Doctorate Candidate, UCLA Law School

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

Ms. Amy Rubinger (TX) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Marketing Director, Golden Whales Group

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. Monica Samuels (NY) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Director of Sakes & Spirits, Vine Connections 

Ms. Miki Sankary (PA)   
Development Associate, Development & Alumni Relations, Lehigh University

Ms. Arianna Santiago (CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Strategic Planner, Freelance

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. Rylan Sekiguchi (No CA)  
Curriculum Specialist, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford University

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

Ms. Mali Shimojo (MA) 
Account Manager of Sponsorships & Partnerships, HubSpot

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

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

Ms. Noe Steadly (No CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Director, Murrine Mosaics, Inc. 

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

Mr. Michael Sueoka (So CA) 
Head of User Experience, Gimbal 

Ms. Andrea Sugano (IL) 
Master's Candidate, Yale University

Ms. Sonia Sugimachi Livdahl (No CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Client Solutions Manager, Facebook

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

Ms. Lindsey Sugino (No CA) 
Software Development Consultant

Ms. Camryn Sugita (So CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Talent Development Coordinator, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

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

Mr. Winston Akira Taira (Hawaii)
Advisor, 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

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

Ms. Alexis Terai (VA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Senior Program Officer, The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress 

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

Ms. Hisae Uki (So CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Sun Noodle

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

Ms. Amy Watanabe (So CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Associate, Nakatomi & Associates

Ms. Yuko Watanabe (WA) 

Mr. Timothy White (DC)   
Associate Director of Communications, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

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 

Mr. CyVan Yamamoto (No CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Executive Project Leader, King's Hawaiian

Mr. Gene Yamamoto (OR)
Administrative and Policy Specialist, City of Portland, Commissioner Dan Saltzman's Office

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

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

Mr. Rylen Yamamoto (HI) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Retirement Benefits Consultant, Group Retirement Benefits

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

Ms. Staci Yamashita-Iida (So CA) 
Attorney, Elder Law Services of California

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

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

Mr. John Yonamine (CA) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
Digital Marketing Specialist, Palo Alto Networks, Inc.

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

Ms. Lauren Zelek (CO) LinkedIn_Logo_100.png
President, Zelek International & Associates LLC

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