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.

Date: October 27-28, 2022
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Registration: Click here

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!

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Featured Speakers

We will be joined by keynote speakers Mr. Jun SAWADA, President & Chief Executive Officer of NTT Corporation (left) and Mr. Hironori KAMEZAWA, President & Group CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (right).  Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.

Location and Hotel

The conference will be held at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel. Centrally located in Shibuya, the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel offers spacious rooms with panoramic city views. The hotel features a fitness center and a range of dining options. The Cerulean Tower is just a 5-minute walk away from Shibuya Station, providing access to many train and subway lines. From there it is a 2-minute train ride to Harajuku and the Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Reservation instructions are provided upon completing conference registration.

Nearby Hotel Information

*Special discount sleeping room rates are available to conference attendees staying at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel or the nearby Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu.


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Adobe Inc.

Advantage Partners, Inc.

Alliance 360° Insurance Solutions

Aoyama Zaisan Networks Co., Ltd.

Asahi Kasei America, Inc.

Central Japan Railway Company

Darin Arita

Donna Cole

DELSOLE Corporation

Factorial Inc.

Atsuko Toko Fish

Dr. Hiroyuki and Mrs. Mikiko Fujita


GCA Corporation

Kazu & Lynda Gomi

Hawaiian Host, Inc.

Ernest M. Higa

Leona Hiraoka

Tom Iino

Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.

Japan House LA Foundation

Japan Industrial Partners, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

King’s Hawaiian

Stan Koyanagi

KPMG Japan

Lawson, Inc.

Major League Baseball Japan

Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc.

Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

Gary S. Moriwaki

Satoru and Hiroko Murase

Ottomanson Inc. / Rumi & Mary Foundation

Palo Alto Networks K.K.


Sachiko Kuno Foundation


Lance Stuart

Takenaka Partners LLC

Tokio Marine America

Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.


Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.

Louis Vigden