Governors' Circle

(L-R) Moderator Dennis Teranishi, Chairman of the Board at USJC, with Governor Shuichi Abe of Nagano, Governor David Y. Ige of Hawaii, Governor Heita Kawakatsu of Shizuoka, and Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki of Hiroshima at the USJC Annual Conference in Tokyo



USJC has led the Governors’ Circle initiative to promote bilateral economic collaboration at the state–prefecture level since 2010. The governors of Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Nagano, Oita, Okayama and Shizuoka prefectures convene to discuss how to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations on a regional level, often meeting with governors and other local leaders in the United States.


Japan-Hawaii Economic Summit

The Japan-Hawaii Economic Summit, presented by USJC and the State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT), will be held from May 9 to 11, 2017, on the Island of Hawaii. The goal of the summit is to foster tangible, near and long term economic opportunities among Japanese prefectures, the State of Hawaii, and the U.S. mainland.

Summit attendees will explore opportunities spanning business, education, tourism and energy, and will forge one-on-one connections that will pave the way for future collaboration and trade. 

The Summit will include Governors, government officials and business leaders. Governors from prefectures with State of Hawaii sister partnerships (Ehime, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Okinawa and Hokkaido) as well as those that are part of the Governors' Circle (Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Oita, Okayama, Nagano and Shizuoka) have been invited.

For more information and to the register, please click here.


2016 Annual Conference in Silicon Valley

In November 2016, representatives from Hiroshima, Okayama, Shizuoka, Fukuoka, and Oita gave separate presentations highlighting their participation in a session called "Hidden Gems Showcase." Approximately 25 companies from Japan shared their technologies and services that have high potential for growth in collaboration with Silicon Valley innovators or investors. The purpose of this session was to provide a more holistic view of the participating companies, and to link them to the broader Governors’ Circle initiative. Click here for a summary of the discussion. The representatives also held a “trade show” presentation during the public Annual Conference, giving conference attendees opportunities to learn about the businesses individually. 


2015 Annual Conference in Tokyo

In November 2015, the governors of Hiroshima, Nagano and Shizuoka prefectures, as well as the state of Hawaii, gathered during the USJC Annual Conference in Tokyo for a panel discussion called "Strengthening Regional Economies: A Dialogue among Governors." The governors discussed their activities in stimulating economic growth, including creating an environment that supports women who want to become mothers, encouraging innovation, and focusing on renewable energy. Click here for a summary of the discussion.


Several prefectures, including Okayama (pictured), presented their publications and products during the Annual Conference.


Governors' Meeting in Silicon Valley

In July 2014, the governors of Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Oita, Okayama, Saga and Shizuoka convened in Silicon Valley with a delegation of business leaders and government officials from each prefecture. Click here to learn more about the Governors' Meeting in Silicon Valley in July 2014.  


Governors' Meeting in Honolulu

On August 21, 2012, governors from Hawaii and Hiroshima, Shizuoka and Saga convened in Honolulu, Hawaii to discuss regional economic collaboration in clean energy, tourism and educational exchange. Since then, there has been substantial cooperation in the public and private sectors between Hawaii and the three Japanese prefectures. Click here to learn more about the Governors' Meeting in Honolulu in August 2012.