U.S.-Japan Council Membership

If you are a current member interested in submitting a nomination, please fill out the online form here.

The U.S.-Japan Council comprises members and supporters committed to the mission of the organization.

Country_Breakdown.jpg Included in these ranks are top leaders from major corporations, academia and researchpolitics and law, as well as entrepreneurs and thought leadersCouncil Leaders are Japanese American leaders who contribute to shaping U.S.-Japan relations. Associates are young professionals. Friends of the Council are individuals of diverse backgrounds who support USJC. Corporate Partners are companies that financially contribute to the Council's mission and programs on an annual basis. Sector.jpg

All membership statistics as of Dec 2015 

Membership categories

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Council Leaders are Japanese American leaders who support the mission and goals of the U.S.-Japan Council by engaging in programs and activities and by contributing time, expertise and resources. Council Leaders have high levels of professional achievement with senior leadership positions held. They have strong interest or experience in U.S.-Japan relations, and an interest in expanding the role of Japanese Americans in U.S.-Japan relations. They are active supporters of the U.S.-Japan Council’s mission and goals.

The Associates category was created to accommodate delegates of the Emerging Leaders Program due to the expressed desire to keep current, past, and future delegates connected to the Council. It has grown to include young professionals between the ages of 18-40 and select past participants of USJC TOMODACHI programs. Associate Members receive the same benefits as Council Members.

Friends of the Council
The Friends of the Council is a distinguished group of Americans and Japanese who are leaders, experts, and contributors in building U.S.-Japan relations and who actively support the work of the U.S.-Japan Council. They should show a strong understanding of the Council and have previously demonstrated their support. Friends of the Council may be nominated by USJC leadership, members or staff and will be approved by the Membership Committee. Individuals in this category will receive Council newsletters and event invitations and member discount rates for the Annual Conference and other events. They will be invited to participate in the Annual Members Meeting and in member working groups.


Becoming a member

Membership is by invitation and nomination only. Council Leaders, Associates or Friend of the Council may nominate an individual for membership.


1) Identify a potential member and provide information to him or her about the Council
2) Fill out the nomination form
3) Submit a short narrative biography or resume for introduction to Membership Coordinator Lauren Mosely - lmosely@usjapancouncil.org.

The nomination is then submitted to the Membership Committee for review and approval. Once approved, the nominee will be sent an official invitation. Please note that this process may take several weeks once the nomination materials have been submitted.

If you are a member interested in submitting a nomination, please fill out the online form here.

Membership Contribution Levels

$50 - Ages 18-25
$100 - Ages 26-40

Council Leaders
$250 - JALD Alumni
$500 - Contributing Members
$1,000 - Contributing Benefactors

Friends of the Council
$500 - Contributing Members
$1,000 - Contributing Benefactors

*Contributing Benefactors ($1000 contributions and higher) will be recognized in our USJC Annual Report. 

Membership benefits

USJC members enjoy several benefits, including access to members-only events and discount rates at the Annual Conference.


USJC Annual Conference

USJC members can sign up for discounted rates for the Annual Conference. For more information, please view the Annual Conference webpage.


USJC Members Newsletter

New USJC members are automatically signed up for the twice-monthly USJC e-newsletter, which includes important news and upcoming event information. If you are currently not receiving the USJC newsletter, please contact press@usjapancouncil.org



Hotel New Otani - Tokyo

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is generously providing USJC members with corporate discount rates through December 2016. 

To receive special rates for U.S.-Japan Council members, please call (212) 880-1501 or email nyoffice@newotani.co.jp and direct your inquiry to Mr. Norito Teramae, Director of Sales and Marketing, U.S.A. & Canada. When making your inquiry, please mention that you are a USJC Council member.

Read more about the special rates here.


Imperial Hotel - Tokyo

The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo is generously providing USJC members with corporate discount rates through December 2016.

Read more about the special rates here.


Tokyu Hotels - various

The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo is generously providing USJC members with discount rates at four of their Japan locations. Please click on the links below to find out more about the rates.

- Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu - Rates
- Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu - Rates
- Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu - Rates
- Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel - Rates

To make a reservation, please use the following information:

For USJC members in the United States:

Tokyu Hotels New York Office
Contact Person:  Ms. Ai Meyer
Email: reservation@tokyuhotelsjapan.com
Phone: 1-212-490-0456

For USJC members in Japan:

Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu
Contact Person:  Mr. Yo Adachi
Email:  y.adachi@tokyuhotels.co.jp
Phone:   03-3580-2311

Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu
Contact Person:  Mr. Norihito Kishii
Email:  n.kishii@tokyuhotels.co.jp
Phone:  03-5457-0109

Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu
Contact Person:  Mr. Toshikatsu Yabuuchi
Email:  t.yabuuchi@tokyuhotels.co.jp
Phone:  03-5756-6000

Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel
Contact Person:  Mr.  Ryuta Sugawara
Email:  r.sugahara@tokyuhotels.co.jp
Phone:  03-3498-0109