Date: October 27-28, 2022
Location:  Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

New challenges posed by the pandemic, climate crisis, and geopolitical disruptions have given rise to novel thinking and actions across multiple sectors including government, business, education and technology. The U.S.-Japan Council is pleased to present “The Great Reconnect: Strengthening Alliances, Partnerships and Communities” as the theme for our first in-person conference since 2019. This gathering of Council Members, alumni, sponsors, friends and other stakeholders will feature leaders and experts who will discuss inherent risks and emerging opportunities in this new world. In this year that marks the 150th anniversary of the Iwakura Mission that sent over 100 leaders of Meiji Japan to the United States, join us in Tokyo to reconnect with the USJC community and take part in a bilateral dialogue as we forge ahead in a new era together!

Are you interested in attending the USJC Annual Conference this October, but worried about visa requirements to enter Japan? While the border restrictions still remain in place, USJC can now issue a certificate of Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System (ERFS) to conference attendees. ERFS certificates are given to those with “special exceptional circumstances” (see the New Border Measures (29) for more information), and they are allowed for new entry into Japan. For non-Japanese or non-Japanese resident participants, obtaining this ERFS certificate is required upon applying for a Japanese visa. Click here for more information.

Events and Activities

  • Public Symposium (October 28): Open to the public, the Public Symposium of the Annual Conference will offer a stage for critical conversations on topics relevant to the U.S.-Japan relationship with an emphasis on government, business, nonprofit and next-generation leadership. A reception will be held in the evening.
  • Members Day (October 27): USJC Members are invited to attend an additional day of programming to receive organizational updates, meet USJC leadership and network with fellow Council Leaders and Associates. Click here for more information.
  • Networking Dinners (October 27): Optional networking dinners will take place throughout Tokyo, offering the opportunity to try local cuisine while networking with other conference attendees in an intimate and casual setting. For more information, please click here.
  • Post-Conference Excursions (Beginning October 29): From trying your hand at traditional pottery-making or taking a dip in hot springs, to wandering through national parks and precious heritage sites, post-trip excursions offer the opportunity to learn more about Japanese history and culture while spending more time with USJC’s network of leaders.
  • ELP50 Tokyo (October 25-26): USJC will select 50 rising star Japanese American leaders for a 2-day visitation program that elevates their knowledge of Japan, introduces them to Japanese top leaders, and connects these next generation leaders to their Japanese counterparts. Click here for more information.
  • Next Generation Activities (October 27-28): The conference will also host training seminars and workshops for USJC’s next-generation leaders from the Emerging Leaders Program, TOMODACHI Initiative, and Watanabe Scholarship Program.


Our work is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and supporters. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, learn more here or contact the Development Team at [email protected].

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Advantage Partners, Inc.

Aoyama Zaisan Networks Co., Ltd.

Darin Arita

Asahi Kasei America, Inc.

Central Japan Railway Company

Donna Cole

DELSOLE Corporation

Factorial Inc.

Atsuko Toko Fish

Dr. Hiroyuki and Mrs. Mikiko Fujita

Kazu & Lynda Gomi

Sachi Hamai

Hawaiian Host, Inc.

Ernest M. Higa

Houlihan Lokey Corporation

Tom Iino

Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.

Japan House LA Foundation

Japan Industrial Partners, Inc.

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Japan

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

King’s Hawaiian

Stan Koyanagi

KPMG Japan

Lawson, Inc.

Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc.

Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

Gary S. Moriwaki

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Ottomanson Inc. / Rumi & Mary Foundation

Pacific Point


Lance Stuart and Jessie Furness

Takenaka Partners LLC


Tokio Marine America

Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.


Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.


The U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference is a yearly event that brings together regional, national and international leaders from the government, business, academia and nonprofit sectors to discuss the current status and future outlook of the U.S.-Japan partnership across a range of timely and relevant topics. Each year we look forward to seeing our Council members, program alumni, sponsors, and friends across diverse backgrounds, sectors and generations, and uncovering new avenues of cooperation between our two countries through informed discourse, leadership development and people-to-people connections at all levels.