Trading Partner Portal: Japan
The United States is a large supplier of chemicals, transportation equipment, and computer and electronic products to Japan. Japan is also one of the largest U.S. foreign markets for agricultural products. U.S. exports to Japan were $62.5 billion in 2015, making it the fourth largest export destination for the U.S. Imports from Japan to the United States were $131.1 billion, with transportation equipment accounting for 43.2 percent. According to the most recent figures, U.S. direct investment to Japan totaled $108.1 billion in 2014, largely in financial, software and Internet services. Foreign direct investment from Japan into the United States was $372.8 billion in 2014.
California continues to be the top exporting state to Japan, accounting for 18.3% of total US exports. Japan has remained California’s fourth largest export market since 2010, after Mexico, Canada and China. California exports to Japan, the world’s third largest economy, totaled $11.7 billion in 2015. Computers and electronic products accounted for 20.5 percent of total exports. California imports from Japan were $38.3 billion, with transportation equipment accounting for over half of total imports. California is currently the top importing state in the US for products from Japan. In addition, California buys more products from Japan than any other country besides China and Mexico.
Japan News Updates and Resources
U.S.-Japan-R.O.K. Trilateral Relationship
Remarks by Antony J. Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State, March 29, 2016
“Japan’s Legislation for Peace and Security- Seamless Responses for Peace and Security of Japan and the International Community”.
On September 19th, 2015, Japanese National Diet approved the legislation.
Government of Japan, October 2015
Why Japan? : 5 reasons to invest in JAPAN
JETRO, September 2015
Japanese Business Federation Visit Highlights Importance of Relationship with U.S., California
CalChamber, August 11, 2015
Photo Release: Governor Brown Meets With Prime Minister of Japan
Governor’s Office, April 30, 2015
Abenomics: We are Accelerating the Implementation of Our Committed Reforms
Highlights of the Growth Strategy to date and measures for accelerating reforms
Office of the Prime Minister, October 23, 2014
Regional Economic Report for October 2014
Bank of Japan, October 20, 2014
Survey of Japanese Companies In Southern California 2014
Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA) & Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), August 2014
Japanese Investors in California
Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC) & Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA), June 2014
Characteristics of Travelers from Japan to California – 2012
Trade Policy Review – Japan
World Trade Organization, March 2015
June 26, 2013 – The U.S. – Japan Business Council (USJBC) released Pacific Partners Japan’s Economic Importance to the U.S. The report provides an assessment of Japan’s importance to the U.S. economy and measures the economic contribution of Japanese firms in the U.S.. This snapshot provides clear and compelling evidence of the significant contribution Japanese companies make to the U.S. economy.
Yokohama, Japan & APEC 2010
Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement
Canada, Mexico and Japan have stated their intent to join the TPP negotiations.
CalChamber’s Comments in Support of Japan
The annual meeting between the California Chamber of Commerce and Japan business leaders highlighted California’s continuing interdependence with one of its largest export partners.
Leading the Japanese business delegation were Hitoshi Yamamuro, president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC), and Hideo Miyake, president of the Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA).
Representing the CalChamber at the luncheon were Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO, and Susanne T. Stirling, vice president, international affairs.
Front: Mr. Hiroshi Tomita, JCCNC Executive Advisor / Konica Minolta Laboratory USA, Inc.; Mr. Ken-ichi Sato, JCCNC First Vice President / Kokusai Semiconductor Equipment; Mr. Hitoshi Yamamuro, JCCNC President / Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.; Allan Zaremberg, President – CalChamber;
Mr. Hideo Miyake, JBA President / All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.; Mr. Satoshi Okawa, JBA Vice President and Business & Commerce Chair / Sumitomo;
Mr. Naoki Kawada, JBA Business & Commerce Committee Vice Chair / Perkins Coie.
Back: Dr. Hayato Urabe, Assistant to Mr. Katayama – Innovation Core SEI, Inc.; Ms. June-ko Nakagawa, Executive Director for Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California; Mr. Yoshiharu Nakamura, JCCNC Member/ Obayashi Corporation; Mr. Makoto Katayama, JCCNC Government Relations Chair /Innovation Core SEI (Sumitomo Co); Mr. Eiji Namba, JCCNC New Year’s Party Chair/ The Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi; Mr. Hitoshi Ishikawa, JBA Business & Commerce Committee Member / Mitsubishi; Mrs. Susanne Stirling, Vice President of International Affairs – CalChamber; Mr. Yuji Takahashi, Executive Director – JBA
Ms. Nakagawa is the Executive Director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
Consular Corps Reception
Japan and California:
Partners Across the Pacific
Presented by the
California Chamber of Commerce
Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
Japan Business Association of Southern California
At the consular corps reception, held in Sacramento on May 21, 2012, are (from left) Hiroshi Haruki, Fujitsu Management Services of America, ; Governor Brown; and Hideki Oshima, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
On June 23, 2011 Calchamber hosted its annual luncheon welcoming guests representing Japanese – American business in California. Japan’s economic recovery after the Tohoku earthquake and related tsunami was the topic of discussion.
Figures released in May showed that Japan’s economy shrank at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the first quarter of 2011, tipping the country into a recession, as the crisis disrupted production and prompted consumers to cut back on spending. Economists projected that the Japanese economy will shrink again in the second current quarter, but that the recession may be deep but quick, The New York Times recently reported.
Japan recently launched the Visit Japan 2011 campaign, spreading the world that the nation is safe for visitors traveling on business and pleasure. For more information visit the website, www.visitjapan.jp
The U.S. State Department recently updated its travel alert for Japan, saying that while the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains serious and dynamic, the health and safety risks to land areas outside a 50-mile radius of the plant are low and do not pose significant risks to U.S. citizens.
Related Articles & Documents:
- Perceptions of Japanese Investors about Business Retention and Expansion in California 2011
- California Japan – Business Recovery Forum 2011
- Japan’s Current Status and Challenges Towards Recovery 2011
- Luncheon Spotlights Strong Jobs/Economic Ties Between Japan, California CalChamber, June 24, 2011
The Alliance Forum Foundation (AFF) was founded in 1985 in California. During the 1980’s, AFF played a significant role in easing trade friction between Japan and the US in the field of industrial high technology. In the early 1990’s, AFF concentrated its efforts on the promotion of strategic business tie-ups between US IT /bio venture companies and leading Japanese companies with support from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and the US Government. Today, the mission of the Alliance Forum Foundation is evolving with the times. Beginning in the year 2000, AFF redefined its objectives and multi-faceted mission based on the recognition that computer-centralized technology has reached maturization as the core industry driving the global economy. As a result, the foundation is focusing its efforts and activities on the following three themes:
The Themes of AFF’s Vision for the 21st Century:
Nurturing new technologies and industries capable of generating a new core industry and facilitating debate on new industries for the post-computer era.
Promoting exchange and debate centering on new forms of corporate governance, corporate management, and the theory of Public Interest Capitalism which can provide solutions to problems encountered by shareholder-centric management that places over-emphasis on short-term profit for shareholders.
Fostering debate, exchange, and collaboration in various fields related to poverty alleviation in developing countries.
JETRO Affiliation Program
Find a Business Partner via JETRO
If your company is not yet ready to open an independent office in Japan, start by working with a Japanese partner who knows the market, has a developed network, and understands the business climate of Japan. Qualified companies can apply to join one of our Business Matching or Invitation Programs.
JETRO Recent Event: Japan-U.S. Business & Technology Symposium – February 2014
-Opportunities for Innovation: Getting More Involved with Japanese Business-
JETRO USA Launches New Website
The website, fitted with a dramatically new design and navigation, will draw attention to JETRO USA’s two main focuses:
Helping U.S. companies establish a business presence in Japan.
Helping U.S. companies procure Japanese goods and technology from Japan.
Aug. 28, 2012 – The subsidy Program for Promoting Asian Site Location in Japan is intended to sustain and strengthen high-value-added business sites in Japan and to achieve sustainable growth of the Japanese economy by supporting the establishment of new high-value-added sites in Japan by global companies operating internationally, such as Regional Headquarters or R&D Sites, which have been proven to have a significant impact on the Japanese economy, and by strategically and proactively inviting and building high-value-added business functions that match the strength of the Japanese economy.
2010 Asia Trade Mission
Governor Schwarzenegger announced in July 2010 that he would lead a delegation of California business leaders and key State of California government officials to Asia in September 2010. Asia is a dynamic and growing market for California products, produce and intellectual property. The dates of the trade mission were September 9, 2010 to September 15, 2010. The delegation started in Hangzhou and Shanghai, traveled to Tokyo and ended in Seoul. This trade mission was successful and will bring many economic and cultural benefits to the people of California.
CalChamber Joins Governor on Successful Asia Trade Mission
CalChamber, September 21, 2010
California Business Delegation
2004 Trade Mission to Japan
The California Chamber of Commerce joined Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s trade and tourism mission to Japan. The November 2004 visit was the Governor’s first trade mission to promote California’s business climate, to encourage travel and tourism, and to market California-grown products.
Read the entire story in the November 2004 Alert .
|Annual Visit Highlights Japan-California Trade Partnership – June 19, 2014|
|An annual meeting between the California Chamber of Commerce and Japan business leaders on June 19, 2014 highlighted the state’s continuing interdependence with one of its largest export partners.Leading the Japanese business delegation were Hitoshi Yamamuro, president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC), and Hideo Miyake, president of the Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA).
Representing the CalChamber at the luncheon were Allan Zaremberg, president and CEO, and Susanne Stirling, vice president, international affairs.
From left are Hitoshi Yamamuro, president, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California; Susanne Stirling, CalChamber vice president, international affairs; Allan Zaremberg, CalChamber president and CEO; and Hideo Miyake, president, Japan Business Association of Southern California.
|CalChamber Hosts The Technology Advanced Metropolitan Area (TAMA) Association from Japan|
|The California Chamber of Commerce hosted representatives from the Japanese Northern California Chamber of Commerce and The Technology Advanced Metropolitan Area (TAMA) Association, based in Tokyo on December 17. This meeting was focused on TAMA’s plan to begin doing business with California in 2014.
Read CalChamber top story
|Japanese Business Executives Meet with CalChamber Leaders|
Leaders of Japanese companies with a California presence mingled with colleagues and members of the California Chamber of Commerce on June 13, 2013 in Sacramento. Representatives of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California and the Japan Business Association of Southern California visit Sacramento each year to bring attention to the long-standing economic ties between California and Japan.
In photo are (front row, from left): Takashi Amino, regional officer & general manager, Mitsui & Company, Inc.; Masumi Muroi, western states regional officer & head of Los Angeles office, Mitsui & Company, Inc.; Allan Zaremberg, CalChamber president and CEO; Hiroshi Tomita, president, Konica Minolta Laboratory USA, Inc; Akihiko Hara, president and CEO, FX Global, Inc.; Hideki Kishimoto, executive vice president, Union Bank, general manager, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd; (back row, from left): Hitoshi Yamamuro, vice president & regional manager, Japan Airlines Company, Ltd.; Susanne Stirling, CalChamber vice president, international affairs; Norio Minato, vice president, R & D engineering, Mazda North American Operations; Masao Sasayama, senior vice president, Union Bank, N.A., Pacific Rim Corporate; Masahiro Miyazaki, president and CEO, Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.; June-ko Nakagawa, executive director Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Northern California; Scott Keene, Advisor.
| Impact of Toyota, Japan-Affiliated Companies in Spotlight|
(March 7, 2013) Toyota executive James Lentz describes the economic and jobs impact of the automaker’s presence in the United States
and California at the March 7 dinner gathering of the
CalChamber Board of Directors, the day after being named
to oversee all Toyota’s North America affi liates as senior
managing offi cer of Toyota Motor Corporation, CEO North
America Region, and president and COO of Toyota Motor
(March 7, 2013) Jun Niimi, consulate general of Japan, comments on the
strong trade and investment ties between Japan and
California at the CalChamber Board dinner. Top representatives
of the Japan Business Association of Southern California also
attended. Japan has remained California’s fourth largest
export market since 2011 ($13.1 billion in 2012 —
8% of all state exports). Computers/electronic products
accounted for 23% of total exports.
|Japanese Business Executives Meet with CalChamber Leaders|
|Leaders of Japanese companies with a California presence mingled with colleagues and members of the California Chamber of Commerce on May 21-22, 2012 in Sacramento. Representatives of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California and the Japan Business Association of Southern California visit Sacramento each year to bring attention to the long-standing economic ties between California and Japan.
In photo are Seated (from left): Gosuke Nakae, general manager, Mitsubishi International Corporation; Allan Zaremberg, CalChamber president and CEO; Hiroshi Haruki, president and CEO, Fujitsu Management Services of America, and president of JCCNC; Timothy S. Dubois, president, The Edward Thomas Collection, and CalChamber chair; Masumi Muroi, Western States regional office, Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc., and vice president, JBA; Yusuke Ozawa, general manager, Sumitomo Corporation of America. Standing (from left): Norio Minato, vice president, Mazda North American Operations; Susanne Stirling, CalChamber vice president, international affairs; Masahiro Nakada, president, Salad Cosmo U.S.A. Corporation; Hideki Oshima, vice president (Northwest Region), Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.; Masao Sasayama, general manager, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ; June-ko Nakagawa, executive director, JCCNC; and Scott Keene, Keene Law, San Francisco.
|CalChamber and Japanese Business Leaders Discuss Trade at CalChamber-Hosted Luncheon Gathering|
|On June 23, 2011 members of the Japan Business Association and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California met with California Chamber of Commerce representatives to exchange comments on Japan’s economic recovery efforts, international trade and the world economy. Both associations include Japanese businesses that invest in California and employ Californians. JBA is marking its 50th anniversary in California while JCCNC is observing its 60th year.
From Left to right: Seated- Gosuke Nakae, Mitsubishi International, Masanori Yasunaga, Calbee America, Hiroshi Haruki, President, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Allan Zaremberg, President & CEO, California Chamber of Commerce, Koichi Kinoshita, President, Japanese Business Association of Southern California, Yuko Kaifu, Union Bank, Katsuya Takamiya, Mitsubishi Electric Standing- Steven Teraoka, Teraoka & Partners, Susanne Stirling, California Chamber of Commerce, Hiroshi Tomita, Konica Minolta Laboratory, Toshihiko Sekine, FX Global, Ko Takigawa, Bank of Tokyo, June-ko Nakagawa, Executive Director, JCCNC, Scott Keene, Advisor to JBA & JCCNC
|New Consul General Yasumasa Nagamine Visits CalChamber||Vice Minister Shukuri Visits CalChamber|
(December 10, 2007) New Consul General Yasumasa Nagamine (center), representing Japan in San Francisco and Northern California, visited the California Chamber of Commerce. Topics of
discussion included the general economic situation in California and climate change issues. At left is Susanne Stirling, CalChamber vice president, international affairs; at right is CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg.
(June 30, 2010) Mr. Masafumi Shukuri, Vice Minister of Transportation for Japan visited the CalChamber offices for meetings about High Speed Rail on the Governor’s upcoming trade mission to Japan. At left is Vice Minister Shukuri with CalChamber President & CEO Allan Zaremberg.
|Chamber Joins Governor on Trade Mission to Japan||Forum Highlights California-Japan Trade Relations|
(November 29, 2007) The ever-changing business environment in California and the importance of the state’s trade with Japan received a close look recently when California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg addressed the 14th annual gathering of the Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA).
More than 150 guests – Japanese and American business executives who work for Japanese-affiliated companies – greeted Zaremberg and Assemblyman Chuck Devore (R-Irvine) at the November 15 forum.
Forum attendees (pictured from left) included JBA Executive Vice President and Secretary Akira Tasaki, president/chief executive officer, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc.; Scott Keene, Keene and Associates; Consul General Kazuo Kodama, Consulate General of Japan, Los Angeles; Kurt Miyamoto, vice chairman of the JBA Business and Administration Committee and president/chief executive officer of Quest International LLC.; CalChamber President Allan Zaremberg; Assemblyman Chuck DeVore; Gary L. Toebben, president/chief executive officer, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Professor Tayyeb Shabbir, California State University, Dominguez Hills; and Yasuyoshi Suzuki, chairman of the JBA Business and Administration Committee and vice president and regional manager, Western Region, Japan Airlines. Photo courtesy of Yuko Izumi, Lighthouse
The November 10-13, 2004 visit was the Governor’s first trade mission to promote California’s business climate, to encourage travel and tourism, and to market California-grown products. The Governor and delegation accompanying him met with business and government leaders and participated in events to promote California.
The California business delegation included:
Pictured (from left) are California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg; Debbie Howard, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan; Chamber Chair John Koeberer and Susanne Stirling, Chamber vice president of international affairs. Howard hosted lunch for the business delegation that traveled to Japan on the Governor’s trade and tourism mission.