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 $67.69 billion in 2017, making it the fourth largest export destination for the U.S. Imports from Japan to the United States were $136.5 billion, with transportation equipment accounting for 44 percent. According to the most recent figures, U.S. direct investment to Japan totaled $114.6 billion in 2016, largely in financial, software and Internet services. Foreign direct investment from Japan into the United States was $424 billion in 2016, making it the third largest source of FDI in the US. Japanese FDI in the US supported 856,100 jobs and contributed $8 billion to research and development, as well as another $75.7 billion to expanding US exports. The top industry sectors for Japanese FDI are: auto components, industrial machinery, automotive OEM, metals, plastics, and textiles. Select USA
California continues to be the top exporting state to Japan, accounting for 18.9% 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 $12.85 billion in 2017. Computers and electronic products accounted for 20.3 percent of total exports. Imports into California from Japan were $40.5 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
Building a Peaceful and Prosperous Future Through the Power of Women
Japan House to Open Cultural Promotion Center in Los Angeles
The Japan Times, December 1, 2017
Japan- Your Next Export Market
Andrew Wylegala, ITA Senior Commercial Officer, June 23, 2016
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
Annual Japanese Business Association of Southern California and Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California Luncheon, June 21, 2017
Japan-California Trade/Investment Ties: Annual Meeting Keeps Connections Strong, June 22, 2016
The numerous areas that affect trade and investment between California and Japan, one of the state’s largest export partners, were the subject of a lively exchange on June 22, 2016 at the annual luncheon meeting between the California Chamber of Commerce and leaders of Japanese companies with operations in the state.
Conversations touched upon topics such as the California legislative and regulatory process; state, U.S. and Japanese election politics; and presidential candidates’ attitudes toward pending trade agreements.
Heading the Japanese business delegation were Ken-ichi Sato, president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC), and Satoshi Okawa, president of the Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA).
Representing the CalChamber at the luncheon were CalChamber Board member Frank Washington, CEO of Crossings TV, and Susanne T. Stirling, vice president, international affairs.
Annual Visit Highlights Japan-California Trade/Investment Partnership, June 18, 2015
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.
Ms. Nakagawa is the Executive Director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
Nichi Bei Weekly, February 19, 2015
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.
Economic Recovery Efforts in Japan
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 during a luncheon yesterday with representatives of the Japan Business Association (JBA) and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC) hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce.
CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg met with the groups to help them celebrate some significant milestones. JBA is celebrating its 50th anniversary, while JCCNC is celebrating its 60th.
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
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
The California Chamber of Commerce recently has signed onto the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Affiliation Program.
The “JETRO Connection,” is designed to foster dynamic and mutually beneficial relationships between JETRO and various industry-affiliated and government-related organizations and media. Working as a bridge, JETRO helps organizations stay connected with up-to-date Japanese market information, and makes it easy to reach vibrant and competitive Japanese companies. Both organizations have agreed to support events, distribute information and assist members in trade-related endeavors.
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-
Information about JETRO
JETRO USA Launches New Website
JETRO USA takes a big step towards providing better support for U.S. companies looking to do business with Japan by launching its new and more interactive website at
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.
- (Reference) List of projects selected under the FY 2011 Subsidy Program for Projects Promoting Asian Site Location in Japan
- Subsidy Program for Projects Promoting Asian Site Location in Japan: Application Guidelines
- Application Forms
- (Reference) guidelines for Completing Application Forms
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
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.
Alert Story (July 11, 2014)
|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.|
|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.
|Impact of Toyota, Japan-Affiliated Companies in Spotlight|
|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.|
|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.
|New Consul General Yasumasa Nagamine Visits CalChamber||Vice Minister Shukuri Visits CalChamber|
|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.
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: