Board of Councilors
The U.S.-Japan Council’s distinguished Board of Councilors consists of leaders who are recognized for their life-long contribution and commitment to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations. Their expertise guides the Council’s mission and activities.
IN MEMORY OF the late Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, who served as Vice Chair until his passing on May 3, 2022
President & CEO, Mineta & Associates, LLC; Former Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation; Former Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
Ernest M. Higa, Chair
Chairman, President & CEO, Higa Industries Co., Ltd.
Takeshi Niinami, Vice Chair
Representative Director, President & Chief Executive Officer, Suntory Holdings Limited
Masaaki Tanaka, Vice Chair
Former Representative Director and Deputy President, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.; Former Chairman, President and CEO, Nippon Paint Holdings Ltd.
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia University
His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki
President, Nakasone Peace Institute; Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the U.S.
Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita
Founder and CEO, Quality Electrodynamics;
Chief Technology Officer, Canon Medical Systems Corporation, MRI Division
Glen S. Fukushima
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
Attorney and Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives, State of Hawaii
Managing Partner, Offline Ventures
Executive Chairman and CEO, Hitachi, Ltd
Senior Advisor, Sony Group Corporation
Yosuke Jay O. Honjo
CEO and Founder, ITO EN US Group
Counselor, Mitsui & Co., LTD.
Chairman of the Board & Chief Global Group Officer, Daikin Industries, Ltd.
Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Administration, University of Hawai’i West O’ahu
His Excellency Ryozo Kato
Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the U.S.
Ambassador Masaharu Kohno
Director, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group,Inc.; Former Special Representative of the Government of Japan for the Middle East and Europe; Former Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for the Middle East Peace
His Excellency KONO Taro
Minister for Digital Transformation, Cabinet Office of Japan
Journalist; Goodwill Ambassador for Japan, UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Chairman, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.
Chairman of the Board, Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.
Dr. Daniel Okimoto, Ph.D.
Director-Emeritus, Shorenstein APARC; FSI Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stanford University
President and Group CEO, Nomura Holdings, Inc.
Principal, iQ 360
W. Douglas Parker
Chairman, American Airlines Group, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, Toyota Research Institute, Inc.; Chief Scientist and Executive Fellow for Research, Toyota Motor Corporation
Partner and CAO, Geodesic Capital
His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae
President, The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA); Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the U.S.
Honorable John Thomas Schieffer
President & CEO of Envoy International, LLC; Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the U.S. to Japan
Chairman and CEO, Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd.
Actor, Hosato Enterprises, Inc.
Dr. Keith Terasaki
Chairman, Terasaki Family Foundation
President, Toshizo Watanabe Foundation
General Manager, IBM Japan
Founder, Always Dream Foundation
Chef and Restaurateur, Roy’s
Dr. Shinya Yamanaka
2012 Nobel Laureate; Director, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University
Paul K. Yonamine
Chairman Emeritus, Central Pacific Bank and Central Pacific Financial Corporation
Honorary Board Members
Honorable George Ariyoshi
Former Governor, State of Hawai’i
His Excellency Yasuo Fukuda
Former Prime Minister of Japan
Honorable Mazie Hirono
United States Senate, State of Hawai’i
His Excellency Yohei Kono
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan
Honorable Doris Matsui
United States House of Representatives, State of California
Honorable Mark Takano
U.S. House of Representatives, State of California