Board of Councilors

The U.S.-Japan Council’s distinguished Board of Councilors consists of leaders who are recognized for their life-long contribution and commitment to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations. Their expertise guides the Council’s mission and activities. 

BOARD OFFICERS

Paul Yonamine, Chair
Country General Manager and President, IBM Japan, Ltd.

Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, Vice Chair
President & CEO, Mineta & Associates, LLC; Former Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation; Former Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC

Masaaki Tanaka, Vice Chair
Senior Global Advisor, PwC International, Tokyo, Japan

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Naoyuki Agawa
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Doshisha University, Kyoto,  Japan

Honorable George Ariyoshi
Former Governor, State of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI

Gerald Curtis
Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia University, New York, NY

His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki
Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States, Tokyo, Japan 

Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita
Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Quality Electrodynamics, Mayfield Village, OH

His Excellency Yasuo Fukuda
Former Prime Minister of Japan

Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC

Soichiro Fukutake
Director and Chairman, Benesse Holdings, Inc., Tokyo, Japan

Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
Former Member of the United States House of Representatives, State of Hawai'i, Honolulu, HI

Yasuchika Hasegawa
Chairman of the Board, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

Honorable Mazie Hirono
United States Senate, State of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI

Masami Iijima
Chairman & Director, Mitsui & Co., LTD.

His Excellency Ryozo Kato
Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the U.S., Tokyo, Japan

Yorihiko Kojima
Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Hiroko Kuniya
Journalist, Tokyo, Japan

Honorable Doris Matsui
United States House of Representatives, State of California, Sacramento, CA

Hiroaki Nakanishi
Chairman of the Board, Representative Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

Takeshi Niinami
President, Suntory Holdings Limited, Tokyo, Japan

Hiromitsu Ogawa
Chairman, CAI International, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Daniel Okimoto, Ph.D.
Director-Emeritus, Shorenstein APARC; FSI Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

John Onoda
Senior Consultant, Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, Moraga, CA

W. Douglas Parker
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines Group, Inc., Fort Worth, TX

Susan Roos
Chief Administrative Officer, Geodesic Capital, Hillsborough, CA

His Excellency Motoatsu Sakurai
President, Japan Society; Former Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York, New York, NY 

Honorable John Thomas Schieffer
President & CEO of Envoy International, LLC; Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the U.S. to Japan, Fort Worth, TX

George Takei
Actor, Hosato Enterprises, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Toshizo Watanabe
President, Toshizo Watanabe Foundation, Irvine, CA

Kristi Yamaguchi
Founder, Always Dream Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Roy Yamaguchi
Chef and Restaurateur, Roy’s, Honolulu, HI

Dr. Shinya Yamanaka
2012 Nobel Laureate; Director, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University

 

HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS

His Excellency Yohei Kono
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan, Tokyo, Japan

Honorable Walter Mondale
Former Vice President of the United States; Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the U.S. to Japan, Minneapolis, MN

His Excellency Yoshio Okawara
Special Adviser, Institute for International Policy Studies; Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the U.S., Tokyo, Japan 

His Excellency Kunihiko Saito
Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the U.S., Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Katsuhiko Shirai
Former President, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

His Excellency Shunji Yanai
President and Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea; Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the U.S., Tokyo, Japan

 

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