Paul Yonamine Becomes New Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors


WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) is proud to announce Mr. Paul Yonamine, Country General Manager and President, IBM Japan, Ltd., as the new Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors.

Mr. Yonamine is the Country General Manager and President of IBM Japan, one of the largest overseas units of the IBM corporation. He is the son of Maui-born baseball legend and Japanese baseball Hall of Famer Wally Yonamine. Mr. Yonamine has devoted his career to promoting the globalization of Japanese corporate management and operations, and has served as National Partner-in-Charge of Japanese Practice Consulting and Managing Partner of Hawaii Operations for KPMG LLP, President of KPMG Consulting Japan, Chairman of BearingPoint Asia Pacific, Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii, and President of Hitachi Consulting Co., Ltd. Mr. Yonamine is a Member of the World Presidents Organization and Keizai Doyukai in Japan.

Mr. Yonamine was previously a Member of the USJC Board of Directors, and was instrumental to the success of the USJC Annual Conference held in Tokyo in November 2015. Approximately 850 American and Japanese leaders from all sectors gathered for USJC’s first Annual Conference in Japan. The approximately 60 speakers included Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Mr. Nobuyuki Hirano, President & Group CEO, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.; Hon. Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Ms. Sandra E. Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson and more. The two-day Conference was covered by 71 journalists, resulting in 135 pieces of exposure.

Mr. Yonamine will continue to guide USJC in bringing its 2016 Annual Conference to Silicon Valley. The Conference, themed “Imagine. Innovate. Inspire.— The Silicon Valley Experience,” will be attended by hundreds of distinguished U.S. and Japanese leaders from all sectors, providing a unique opportunity for networking. It will highlight innovation, entrepreneurship and inspiring the next generation of leaders, building upon themes discussed during the 2015 Conference, Prime Minister Abe’s 2015 visit to Silicon Valley and more. The Conference will be held in conjunction with the Silicon Valley-Japan Platform, USJC’s new initiative which will be headed by Dr. Daniel Okimoto, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University who was the previous Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors.

About the U.S.-Japan Council
The U.S.-Japan Council is a Japanese American-led organization fully dedicated to strengthening ties between the United States and Japan in a global context. By promoting people-to-people relationships through its innovative programs in networking and leadership, the Council serves as a catalyst to inspire and engage Japanese and Americans of all generations. The Council was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Washington, DC with staff in California and Tokyo. In 2012, the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) was created to support the administration of the TOMODACHI Initiative, and in 2013, it became a Public Interest Corporation (Koeki Zaidan Hojin). The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) maintains an office in Tokyo, Japan. (