The U.S.-Japan Council's organizing Board of Directors consists of Japanese American leaders from across
the United States and in Japan who provide their expertise and guidance in establishing and guiding the Council’s mission and activities.
DENNIS Y. TERANISHI, Chairman of the Board
U.S.-Japan Council & President & CEO, Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR)
Mr. Teranishi is President and CEO of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR), where he has been a board member since 1997. PICTHR is a non-profit organization that accelerates technology commercialization to increase security, safety and economic opportunities in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific. Its focus is on renewable energy, agriculture, disaster management and dual-use technology. He also serves as a member of the Board of Hawaiian Host, Inc.; Island Holdings, Inc.; Island Insurance Co., Ltd.; and as an Executive Advisor to ITO EN (USA) Inc. Before joining PICHTR, Mr. Teranishi was CEO of Hawaiian Host, Inc. for 14 years. Prior to that, he worked for 19 years at AMFAC, Inc., ending his tenure as president of AMFAC Agribusiness, Inc. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in the U.S. Army. Mr. Teranishi holds a B.S. in crop science from California State Polytechnic University and an M.S. in soil chemistry and plant nutrition from the University of Hawaii. In 1993, he was recognized as an outstanding alumnus of the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun from the Government of Japan.
IRENE HIRANO INOUYE, President
Ms. Hirano Inouye is President of the U.S.-Japan Council. Through her work at the Council, she also administers the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo that invests in young Japanese and Americans while supporting the recovery of the Tohoku region. She is the former President and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, a position she held for twenty years. A recipient of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and an honorary doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University, Ms. Hirano Inouye has extensive experience in non-profit administration, community education and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide. Ms. Hirano Inouye's professional and community activities include serving as Trustee and immediate past Chair, Ford Foundation; Trustee and immediate past Chair, Kresge Foundation; Trustee, Washington Center; and Trustee, Independent Sector. She was married to the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii.
PHYLLIS CAMPBELL, Vice Chair
Chair, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Pacific Northwest
Ms. Campbell is the Chairman of JP Morgan Chase & Co., Pacific Northwest. She is the firm’s senior executive in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho representing JP Morgan Chase & Co. at the most senior level. She previously served as CEO of the Seattle Foundation and the U.S. Bank of Washington. She sits on the Diversity Advisory Board of Toyota North America, and serves as a Director on the boards of Nordstrom Inc., and Alaska Air Group. She is the immediate past Chair and Trustee of Seattle University. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington’s Executive MBA Program and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, as well as Stanford University’s Executive Management Program.
ROYANNE K. DOI, Vice Chair
Corporate Chief Ethics Officer, Prudential Financial Inc. - Japan Representative Office
Ms. Doi is Corporate Chief Ethics Officer at Prudential Financial, Inc. - Japan Representative office. She has spent over 20 years in Japan. Previously she was Senior Regional Counsel for Asia Pacific for State Street Bank and Trust Company, covering banking, asset management, foreign exchange and securities and before that, she served as Regional Director, ASIA for Legal/Government Affairs for CIGNA Songai/ACE Insurance, handling legal, regulatory, and trade issues with a variety of industry and government officials. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and received her law degree from UCLA School of Law.
GARY MORIWAKI, Vice Chair
Partner, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP
Mr. Moriwaki has more than 37 years of experience in estate planning and administration. His clients include domestic and foreign business owners, professionals and executives from a spectrum of industries. Mr. Moriwaki is well-versed in advising clients who have complex, multinational issues involving ownership of assets in multiple jurisdictions, domestic and foreign estate and inheritance taxes, choice of laws and succession concerns. As a member of various charitable organizations, Mr. Moriwaki is experienced in charitable giving techniques and the formation and operation of private foundations. He is the immediate Past President of the Japanese American Association of New York, a Trustee of the Japanese American National Museum, Vice Chair of the Asian American Federation and a member of the Japan Society, in addition to numerous other non-profit organizations. He received his BA from Columbia University and JD from Brooklyn Law School.
SUSAN MORITA, Secretary
Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
Ms. Morita is a Partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC. She specializes in domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and frequently works with Japanese companies as clients. Her firm is a full service law firm and has significant expertise in matters involving clean and green technology. Ms. Morita lived in Japan for six years and has studied at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. She is an active leader of the Japanese American Network (JA-NET), serves on the Board of Governors for the Japanese American National Museum and is a member of the Japanese American Citizens League. She holds an MPA in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, received her JD from Harvard Law School, and her BA from Stanford University.
WALLACE K. TSUHA, Treasurer
President, The Tsuha Foundation
Mr. Tsuha is the President of The Tsuha Foundation. He is also the retired Founder & Chairman of Saturn Electronics & Engineering Inc. He founded Saturn in late 1985 to provide engineering design and electronics assembly to the automotive, commercial and military markets. Prior to starting Saturn, Mr. Tsuha played major roles in two successful start-ups: Rockwell Automotive Electronics and TRW Transportation Electronics. He began his career in the U.S. Army, where he was instrumental in developing their global communications infrastructure. He then went on to work at General Motors' Advance Electronics Research Laboratory for 10 years. Mr. Tsuha has 40 years of electronics operations, design, and manufacturing experience - specifically in the automotive component industry. He is a Board Member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), Board Member of Gentex Corporation, Director at the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and Chairman and Founder of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC). He is also also a Founder & Director of ACE. Mr. Tsuha was recognized by Inc. 500 Magazine as one of the “Fastest Growing Companies,” six years consecutively. He has also received numerous awards for excellence as a minority businessperson and small business entrepreneur.
DONNA FUJIMOTO COLE
President and CEO, Cole Chemical
Ms. Cole founded Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc. in 1980. Top customers include: Bayer Material Scientific, BP, ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble and Toyota. ICIS magazine ranks Cole Chemical 134th among the top chemical distributors in the world. In 2009, the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce inducted Ms. Cole into its Hall of Fame as a Junior Achievement Laureate. In 2010, she was listed as one of the Most Influential Women in Houston by Houston Woman Magazine. In 2012, she won American Leadership Forum’s Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award. She is a longtime advocate for business, the chemical industry, women and minorities in business. She serves on the boards of the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council, the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, The Women’s Home and St. Thomas University. Ms. Cole also served on President George H. Bush's Export Council from 1991 to 1993. Ms. Cole attended Pan American University and The Amos Tuck School of Business Minority Business Executive Program, and graduated from the Manpower Business Training Institute of Technology. She was also an Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute Fellow in 1996, a Japanese American Leadership Delegate in 2006, and an Asian Leadership Delegate to Israel.
Group Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
Ms. Doi is group vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States. She is responsible for corporate finance, tax, customs, treasury, accounting, procurement and corporate services, and serves on the company’s audit, risk and benefit committees. She joined Toyota in 2000 as vice president after holding financial executive positions with AT&T Wireless, L.A. Cellular Telephone Company, and L.A. Gear, Inc. Ms. Doi has been recognized as one of the top 100 Asian Professionals in North America by the National Association of Asian American Professionals, one of the 100 leading women in the automotive industry by Automotive news and one of the top women in business by Diversity Executive, Inc. She serves on the board of directors for the Japanese American National Museum, the Japan America Society and Emmaus Life Sciences, and was a delegate of the 2010 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. Ms. Doi earned her B.A. in business economics at the University of California, Los Angeles and her CPA designation while at Arthur Andersen & Co.
President and COO, aio
Ms. Eichor is the President and COO of aio, a diverse family of businesses specializing in publishing, broadcasting, digital marketing, food and sports. aio’s founder and owner is USJC Council Member Duane Kurisu. Ms. Eichor also serves on the boards of HPM Hawaii, Blood Bank of Hawaii, Hawaii Bowl and Diamond Head Theatre, and is part of the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business Advisory Council. She has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Hawaii. She serves on the USJC Finance Committee.
ATSUKO TOKO FISH
Trustee, Fish Family Foundation
Ms. Fish retired as a U.S.-Japan cross-cultural consultant and is currently working in philanthropy as a Trustee of the Fish Family Foundation. The Foundation supports human service organizations focusing on low income working families, with a particular emphasis on immigrants and women, as well as cross-cultural programs and organizations. Ms. Fish, a first-generation American, is based in Boston and has promoted and contributed to social change in the U.S. and Japan. She is a co-founder and primary supporter of the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative here in the U.S., and she expanded its reach in Japan through the JWLI Forum. Previously, Ms. Fish worked for Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, creating a long-term tourism and trade strategy between the Commonwealth and Japan. She also worked for Governors William Weld and Duval Patrick’s Asian American Commission. Ms. Fish was the former Chairman and interim Executive Director of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, and currently serves on the board of several other cultural, educational and community organizations: The Boston Foundation, Simmons College, The Japan Society (New York) and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
ERNEST M. HIGA
Chairman, President & CEO, Higa Industries Co., Ltd.; Wendy’s Japan LLC; K.K. Higa Investments & Director, JC Comsa Corporation; Director of Shinsei Bank
Mr. Higa is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Higa Industries Co., Ltd., & K.K. Higa Investments & Wendy’s Japan LLC & Director of JC Comsa Corporation. He is a member of Keizai Doyukai, member of Trilateral Commission and has served as a Board Member for Young Presidents’ Organization, Chief Executive Organization, New Business Conference, Jermyn Street Capital Ltd., Japan Telecom, Ripplewood Holdings Japan Board of Advisors and Columbia Business School Board of Oversees. In 1985, Mr. Higa obtained the exclusive license from Domino’s Pizza LLC and created a whole new home delivery pizza industry in Japan, for which he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the New Business Conference, a Japanese semi-government organization. Mr. Higa has been awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture for “innovation in the food industry” and recognized by Toyo Keizai as one of the top 50 entrepreneurs in Japan. Mr. Higa earned his MBA from Columbia University and his B.S. from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania.
Executive Director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation & Mentor in Residence, Index Ventures
Mr. Higa was born in Indiana, grew up in Okinawa, educated in Palo Alto, and has a long and storied career in Silicon Valley. He reported directly to Steve Jobs at Apple, working to change the face of technology and consumer industries. He was a member of the original Macintosh team, and his work negotiating and launching iTunes changed music forever. He still has one foot in high tech as Mentor in Residence at Index Ventures, whose investments include Dropbox, Etsy, Facebook, and Skype. But now as Executive Director of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, he aspires to make a dent in the universe through people and communities rather than products and technologies. His deep Japan connections include on-the-ground relief efforts during the 1995 Kobe and 2011 Tohoku disasters, USJC and TOMODACHI programs, launching Apple and NeXT Japan, and serving as advisor to UNIQLO and Lawson’s. James received his AB ’81 in Political Science from Stanford University. He serves on the GRAMMY Foundation MusiCares Board, Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources Advisory Council, and Stanford Distinguished Career Institute Board. He is an extended faculty member of the Stanford d.school, and has served as arbitrator for the International Chamber of Commerce.
Principal Partner, Integrated Media, and Vice-President, Communications, Points of Light
Ms. Hiraoka has an extensive background with non-governmental organizations and associations, as well as mainstream and advocacy journalism. She is Principal Partner of Integrated Media, a communications and marketing firm. She currently serves as Vice-President of Communications at Points of Light, an international nonprofit dedicated to advancing volunteer service and corporate social responsibility. She previously served on the executive staff of the National Education Association. She is Vice President of the Washington, DC chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and serves on the editorial board of the Pacific Citizen. She is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, having been on staff at The New Republic and other publications, and is a former editorial board member of Brussels-based Education International. She participated as a JALD delegate in 2014. She has served on the USJC Communications Committee and has been named Committee chair for 2016.
YOSUKE JAY O. HONJO
CEO, ITO EN US Group
Mr. Honjo serves as the CEO of ITO EN US Group, and has more than 28 years of industry experience in food and beverage management. The ITO EN US Group has 15 companies in the United States. Its parent company is ITO EN, LTD Japan, which is a Tokyo-based beverage company with many subsidiaries, including Tullys Coffee Japan, IIE (Evian water exclusive distributor in Japan) and Chichiyasu yogurt company. He serves as Advisor of the Honjo International Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships for over 40 students every year and also conducts joint scholarship programs with the University of Southern California (USC), the University of Hawaii, Columbia University, the Japanese American Society and the Japanese Medical Society of America. He serves on the boards of directors of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Nippon Club in New York and the Japan Society in New York. He is also on the advisory boards of the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Metropolitan Museum Multicultural Audience Development Initiative (MADI). He has supported USJC financially, including the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program. Mr. Honjo earned his bachelor’s degree in Business & Commerce from Waseda University in Tokyo, and his International Business Education and Research (IBEAR) MBA from USC.
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Ms. Kizawa is the Japan Leader for Deloitte’s Advisory Practice. In her role, she is responsible for facilitating cross-border collaboration between the United States and Japan and leading the execution of key strategic activities relating to clients, professionals and service capabilities. Ms. Kizawa has over 23 years of risk consulting experience, and has served Japanese and U.S. multinational companies in industries such as life sciences, manufacturing, distribution, technology and consumer business. She has assisted clients with strategic assessments, risk management, corporate governance, financial and operational process reviews, process efficiency and internal controls. Ms. Kizawa worked in Tokyo from 2007 to 2011, providing internal control advisory services for Japanese and U.S. multinational clients. She serves on the boards of The Japan America Society of Chicago, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago and the Garden of the Phoenix. She serves on the USJC Audit Committee. She received a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago and is a certified public accountant licensed in Illinois.
Director & Vice-President, Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.
Mr. Kono is Director and Vice-President at Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd., a law firm founded in Seattle, Washington in 1929 by Nisei attorney, Thomas Masuda. Prior to 2010, Mr. Kono was the President and Managing Director at Masuda Funai for 10 years, acting as the firm’s chief spokesperson in charge of strategic planning and client development and serving as a member of the management committee overseeing the firm’s operations in Chicago, Schaumburg and Los Angeles. He practices primarily in the areas of corporate entity formation and restructuring, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and counsels clients with respect to commercial transactions, employment law and business immigration. His affiliations include the Japan America Society of Chicago, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago, the Midwest-U.S. Japan Association and the International Network of Boutique Law Firms. He has also been involved with the Friends of the Japanese Garden, Chicago Voluntary Legal Services and the Asian American Bar Association. Mr. Kono earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and law degree from Fordham University School of Law.
Director - Office of the President & Chief of Staff / U.S. Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Ms. Nishi currently serves as Director of the Office of the President & Chief of Staff in the U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. She has served in a number of leadership capacities at the Gates Foundation including overseeing the strategy, management and research & evaluation functions for the foundation’s Postsecondary Success strategy whose aim is to increase the number of low-income young adults who complete a post-secondary credential. She also led the foundation’s U.S. Libraries Program, an initiative dedicated to bringing technology access to disadvantaged communities through the nation’s public libraries. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, she served in several leadership positions in the public sector. She was appointed by Mayor Greg Nickels as director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development; and previously served as deputy director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. An active member of the Seattle community, she co-founded the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Puget Sound and on the Board of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Ms. Nishi holds a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound and an M.A. in public affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
ALLEN M. OKAMOTO
Owner-Broker, T. Okamoto & Co.
Mr. Okamoto is Owner-Broker of T. Okamoto & Co., the oldest and largest Japanese American real estate and insurance agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally founded in 1946 by Allen’s father, Takeo Okamoto, T. Okamoto & Co. has grown into the pre-eminent source of information on real estate and insurance needs for the Japanese American community. Located in San Francisco’s Japantown, the firm serves the Bay Area Counties of San Francisco, Marin, Alameda and San Mateo. Mr. Okamoto is active in the community serving as Chair, San Francisco Osaka Sister City Association; Chair, Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival and Chair, Asian Real Estate Association of America. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California and the Japan Society of Northern California, among others. In 2007 Allen was the recipient of the Community Justice Award given by the San Francisco Japanese American Citizens League for outstanding community service. Mr. Okamoto received his BA from San Francisco State University.
HENRY Y. OTA
Attorney at Law
Mr. Ota was until January 31, 2011 the Chair and founder of the Japan Business Team at Reed Smith LLP, one of the top 15 global law firms. Since that date, Mr. Ota has continued to practice law by working for a few select longstanding clients. Mr. Ota has represented Japanese clients in the United States and worldwide for over 40 years, with a focus in the areas of international business transactions, corporate law, M&A, and strategic alliances. He served as the Chairman of the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) and was a JANM trustee for 20 years. He is also a Board member of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, a nationally recognized sponsor of traditional Japanese programs. He currently serves as a Director of Pacific Commerce Bank, the only Japanese American community bank in the continental United States, where he previously served as Chair and Founder. He was a member of the Asian International Advisory Council to an LA County Supervisor, and an International trade advisor to a Los Angeles Mayor. As the Legal Advisor to the Japan Business Association of Southern California he assisted this association by founding a California state government affairs program and guiding the association in reforming the California unitary method of taxation. He has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.
DENNIS R. SUGINO
Senior Advisor, Aristotle Capital Management, LLC
Mr. Sugino has over 30 years of financial services experience. He is a former senior partner and executive committee member of Aristotle Capital Management LLC, an asset manager of equities and credit strategies. He was a founder and president of Cliffwater LLC, a specialty alternatives investment consulting firm to endowments, foundations and pension plans. He was also a managing director and principal at Wilshire Associates, providing investment consulting services to complex institutional clients. As chief investment officer, he managed multi-billion dollar pension assets for the city of Los Angeles. Mr. Sugino is currently an investment committee member of the multistate Mercy Health System. He is also an independent board member of The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF), which manages the investment funds of over 800 endowments and foundations. He serves on the USJC Investment Committee and Development Committee. Mr. Sugino has a B.S. from California State University, Dominguez Hills and an M.A. from the University of California.
President, Jan Yanehiro, Inc.
Ms. Yanehiro is President of Jan Yanehiro, Inc., a media and marketing strategic planning firm. She is also a Founding Director of the School of Multi Media Communications at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco and Board Member of the Bank of Marin. Previously, Ms. Yanehiro co-hosted “Evening Magazine,” a pioneering nightly program on KPIX TV (CBS). She has won many awards for the program, including an Emmy from the National Association of Television and Radio Artists, the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award from the United Nations of San Francisco, and the Silver Circle Inductee from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She has also hosted several documentaries on the Japanese American experience during WWII. Ms. Yanehiro the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Asian Pacific American Heritage Award, San Francisco. She is very active in the Japanese American community, serving on the boards of Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, and Osaka-San Francisco Sister City Association. She received her B.A. from California State University, Fresno.