USJC Board of Directors

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.

 

BOARD OFFICERS

PHYLLIS CAMPBELL, Chair 
Chair, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Pacific Northwest

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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 board of Alaska Air Group. She served on the Nordstrom board of directors from 2005-2016 and chaired the Audit Committee for seven years. She serves on the global advisory board of Women Corporate Directors (WCD). She is a past Chair and former 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.

 

IRENE HIRANO INOUYE, President

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Ms. Hirano Inouye is President of the U.S.-Japan Council, a position she has held since the founding of the Council in late 2008. Through her work at the Council, she also administers the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the Government of Japan that invests in young Japanese and Americans through educational and cultural exchanges and leadership programs. 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 SMU, Ms. Hirano Inouye has extensive experience in nonprofit administration, community education and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide. Ms. Hirano Inouye's professional and community activities include serving as Chair, Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Center; Trustee, The Washington Center; member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; member of the Advisory Board, Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy, Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California; and Chair of the Advisory Board, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, University of California at Los Angeles. She served as former Trustee and past Chair, Ford Foundation; and former Trustee and past Chair, Kresge Foundation. She was married to the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii.

 

TOMOKO KIZAWA, Vice Chair & Audit Committee Chair
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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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.

 

SUSAN MORITA, Vice Chair
Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

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Ms. Morita is a Partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in Washington, DC. She specializes in domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and frequently works with Japanese companies as clients. Ms. Morita lived in Japan for six years and has studied at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Japanese American National Museum, is a member of the Japanese American Citizens League, participates in the Japanese American Network (JA-NET) in DC, and is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Halcyon Incubator. She received an MPA in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, her JD from Harvard Law School, and her BA from Stanford University.

 

DENNIS R. SUGINO, Vice Chair & Investment Committee Chair
Founder, Kansa Advisory LLC

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Mr. Sugino is the founder of Kansa Advisory LLC, an investment consulting firm to institutional clients with outsourced investment advisory relationships. Dennis was the president and a founder of Cliffwater LLC, an alternatives investment consulting firm. He was a managing director and principal in the investment consulting practice at Wilshire Associates. Dennis is a former senior partner and executive committee member of Aristotle Capital Management LLC. As chief investment officer, he managed pension fund assets for the city of Los Angeles.Dennis is a board vice chair, investment committee chair and development committee member of the U.S. – Japan Council. Dennis is a board member and audit committee chair of The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF). He is a board member and investment committee chair of Keiro Services. He is currently an investment committee member of Mercy Health System (St. Louis). Mr. Sugino has a B.Sc. from CSU, Dominguez Hills and an M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

TASHA YOROZU, Secretary & Engagement Committee Chair
Managing Attorney, Yorozu Law Group, PC

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Ms. Yorozu is the managing attorney at Yorozu Law Group, a San Francisco-based law firm that specializes in commercial transactions, tax strategy, M&A, strategic alliances, and technology/media licensing. For over 20 years, Ms. Yorozu has served as outside general counsel for Japanese corporations and their U.S. subsidiaries. Ms. Yorozu is often retained by in-house counsel at U.S.-based corporations to negotiate deals with Japanese corporations. Ms. Yorozu enjoys serving on the Board of Directors for the U.S.-Japan Council, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, and the San Francisco-Osaka Sister City Association. She is also a member of the Alliance Forum Foundation Executive Benkyoukai. She holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA and JD from Willamette University.

 

DAVID NISHIDA, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair

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Mr. Nishida has over 30 years of experience in the accounting and finance industry in Japan and the United States. From July 2005 through June 2016, he has held several positions including Representative Director, Managing Director, President and Chief Financial Officer of Hudson Japan KK, Lone Star Funds’ captive asset management company. Prior to joining Hudson Japan, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Stanley Properties Japan KK from 2001-2005. Mr. Nishida has held executive level finance positions in private industry since 1999 and has over 13 years of public accounting experience specializing in the real estate industry, most recently with Deloitte & Touche LLP, including two years (1995-1996) in the firm’s Tokyo office as a deputy professional practice director. Mr. Nishida began his career with the accounting and consulting firm of Kenneth Leventhal and Company (now part of Ernst & Young) in its Headquarters office in Los Angeles in 1985. Mr. Nishida is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Nishida serves on the Board of Governors for the Japanese American National Museum, the Board of Directors of USJC (Japan) and the USJC Finance and Audit committees. He also serves on the Boards of several technology companies.

 

DENNIS Y. TERANISHI, Immediate Past Chair
President & CEO, Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR)

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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.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

DAVID M. BOONE
President, Government Strategic Business Unit, APTIM

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Mr. Boone is President of the Government Strategic Business Unit for APTIM. Previously, David was President of CB&I Federal Services. CB&I Federal Services transitioned to APTIM on June 30, 2017 through acquisition. He joined the CB&I team in December 2013 following a 30-year career in the Navy. He began in Strategic Development, became head of Business Development, then moved to Operations across the Federal sector in Engineering and Construction, Environmental Services, Energy and Base Operating Services. David retired as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps Rear Admiral in 2013. He managed facilities and infrastructure throughout his career at bases and expeditionary locations in the United States and throughout the world. He concluded his Navy career as Director of Shore Readiness Division where he was responsible for funding and policy for 70 bases worldwide. David is a registered professional engineer in the states of Virginia and Florida. He was raised in Yokohama, Japan and attended high school in Oregon. He graduated with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Civil Engineering, and received Masters Degrees in Coastal Engineering and Construction Management from the University of California, Berkeley. David also received the Nippon Zenkokai Award from the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan. He currently serves as a USJC Board Member, is on the USJC Program Development Committee and is an alumni of the 2017 Japanese American Leadership Delegation.

 

DAVID KENJI CHANG
Portfolio Manager, Tyvor Capital, LLC

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Mr. Chang is currently a portfolio manager in New York City for Tyvor Capital, LLC, a hedge fund he co-founded in 2013 that focuses on the consumer sector. He also serves as an angel investor and adviser to several start-ups. Previously, he held investment positions at Citadel Investment Group and SAC Capital in Chicago and London. He is also a freelance editor, writer, and content producer for magazines. A California native, Mr. Chang graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a Joseph Wharton Scholar with a B.S. in Finance, a B.A. in English, and a minor in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Upon graduation, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research Foreign Direct Investment in Japan at Tohoku University in Sendai. Mr. Chang participated in the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) in 2015, and in the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program in 2017. He also currently serves on the ELP Steering Committee and USJC Board Development Committee.

 

DONNA FUJIMOTO COLE
President and CEO, Cole Chemical

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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.

 

TRACEY DOI
Group Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Motor North America

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Ms. Doi is group vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Toyota Motor North America, 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.

 

SUSAN EICHOR
President and COO, aio

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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

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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.

 

KAZUHIRO GOMI
Member of the Board of Directors, NTT Communications Corporation; President & Chief Executive Officer, NTT America, Inc.

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Mr. Gomi is a member of the Board of Directors for NTT Communications Corporation and leads NTT America as President and CEO. Mr. Gomi has been an NTT employee for more than 30 years. From June of 2009 until June of 2010, Mr. Gomi served NTT America as the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to his appointment to COO, Mr. Gomi was NTT America’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Vice President of the Global IP Network Business Unit. In September of 2009, Mr. Gomi was first named to the Global Telecoms Business Power100, a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry. He serves on the boards of directors of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New York. Also he is the Executive Vice President of Nippon Club in New York, Mr. Gomi received a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Keio University, Tokyo. He currently serves on the USJC Development Committee.

 

JAMES HIGA
Executive Director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation & Mentor in Residence, Index Ventures

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Mr. Higa has had a long and storied career in Silicon Valley. He reported directly to Steve Jobs at Apple, working to change the face of technology and entire industries. He was a member of the original Macintosh team. His work negotiating and launching iTunes changed music forever. He still has one foot in tech as Mentor in Residence at Index Ventures, whose investments include the likes of Dropbox, Slack, Facebook, and Skype. As Executive Director of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, he aspires to make a dent in society’s most pressing problems through people, communities, and radical collaboration. His deep Japan connections include on-the-ground relief efforts during the 1995 Kobe and the 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 has served on numerous boards including the Stanford Alumni Association, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford Libraries, and Recording Academy MusiCares.

 

LEONA HIRAOKA, Communications Committee Chair
President & Chief Executive Officer, KEIRO

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Ms. Hiraoka is President & CEO of KEIRO, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of senior life in the community. She has an extensive background with non-governmental organizations and associations, as well as mainstream and advocacy journalism. She is a founding partner for Integrated Media, a marketing and communications firm, and formerly Vice President, Communications, for Points of Light in Washington, DC, 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 on the board of the Washington, DC chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and served 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 serves on the USJC Communications Committee and has been Committee chair since 2016.

 

YOSUKE JAY O. HONJO
CEO and Founder, ITO EN US Group

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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.


YUKO KAIFU
President, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles

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Ms. Kaifu is the President of JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, which is a public diplomacy initiative launched by the Japanese government. Prior to joining JAPAN HOUSE in January 2016, she was Managing Director in the Corporate Communications Department of MUFG Union Bank, owned by the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. She started her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. During her service at the Ministry, she was also appointed official interpreter for Her Majesty the Empress, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Japan. After she served as Consul at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles from 2001 to 2007, she left the government to work as Vice President of the Japanese American National Museum where she was charged with US-Japan programs till she joined Union Bank in 2009. She has sat on the boards of various organizations including Nisei Week Foundation, International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, and Japan Business Association of Southern California where she has been the Executive Vice President. She also serves as honorary advisor for Japanese cultural associations for flower arrangement, tea ceremony, and calligraphy. She received a B.A. from Nara Women’s University and an M.A. from Queen’s University in Canada.

 

NORMAN NAKASONE 
Senior Vice President, Product & e-Channel Management, Central Pacific Bank

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Mr. Nakasone has been with Central Pacific Bank for 32 years and is currently Senior Vice President & Manager of its Product & e-Channel Management Division. He is responsible for implementing and managing the development and enhancement of the Bank’s product mix and non-branch delivery channels. He serves on the boards of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, United Japanese Society of Hawaii, and University of Hawaii Alumni Association. Norman earned a BA in Economics and Japanese at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and an MBA at Chaminade University of Honolulu. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

 

JILL NISHI, Program Development Committee Chair
Director - Office of the President & Chief of Staff / U.S. Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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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.

 

SCOTT SATO
President and COO, Pasona Inc. 

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Mr. Sato has served as President and COO of Pasona Inc. since 2011. After spending 7 years as an international consultant at accounting firms such as Ernst and Young, he joined Pasona International Inc. in 2000. He made significant contributions to Pasona’s global operations and was appointed to be CEO of Pasona NA, Inc. in 2004. Since then he has served senior executive positions for the Pasona Group Inc. and its subsidiary companies. He has served as a member on the Board of Councilors for the U.S.-Japan Council Japan since 2013; was Co-Chair of the 2015 Annual Conference Host Committee; and the 2016 Annual Conference Development Co-Chair. Mr. Sato was born in New York, and graduated from Iona College in 1993.  

 

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