Second Business Advisory Board – Tokyo

Member of the Board of Councilors Glen S. Fukushima discussing how recent elections affects U.S.-Japan relations

On March 19, 2015, the second U.S.-Japan Council Business Advisory Board Reception took place in Tokyo. Over 90 individuals attended, including USJC leaders and members like Ms. Kathy Matsui, Member of the USJC (Japan) Board of Councilors, and Mr. James Kondo, a Friend of the Council, and such distinguished guests as Mr. Yoshiaki Fujimori, President & CEO of LIXIL Group Corporation,and Dr. Mariko Bando, President of Showa Women’s University.

Paul Yonamine, Chair of the USJC (Japan) Board of Councilors, emceed the program, which included welcome remarks from Masaaki Tanaka, Vice Chair of the USJC Board of Councilors, as well as remarks from Dennis Teranishi, Chair of the USJC Board of Directors. In his remarks, Dennis discussed his deep commitment to the U.S.-Japan Council and stressed that, “for the success of our individual businesses, for the health of our respective economies, and for the greater economic prosperity of the region, strong U.S.-Japan relations are essential.”

(Left to right) Mr. Masaaki Tanaka, Dr. Mariko Bando, Ms. Kathy Matsui and Mr. Paul Yonamine

Member of the USJC Board of Councilors Glen S. Fukushima also gave a brief speech on U.S.-Japan relations after the U.S. midterm elections in November and the election in Japan in December. USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye thanked the Business Advisory Board Members’ support of the Council and discussed the Council’s activities in the coming year, including the 2015 Annual Conference to be held in Tokyo.

We would once again like to express our sincere appreciation to the individuals who participated.

See more photos from the event here.