FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 3, 2015
Keidanren USA to Reopen in Washington D.C.
On November 4, Keidanren USA officially reopens its Washington D.C. office. Keidanren USA is the U.S. liaison entity for Keidanren, the Japan Business Federation. Keidanren is a comprehensive Japanese economic organization with a broad membership consisting of 1,329 Japanese companies, 109 industry associations, and 47 regional economic organizations.
Keidanren Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara has consistently emphasized the importance of the United States as Japan’s most important bilateral partner, and a critical ally in ensuring peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. As a base of operations in the political and administrative heart of the U.S., Keidanren USA will strive to further deepen cooperation and coordination between the U.S. and Japanese economies.
Keidanren USA’s main objectives are as follows:
- Collection and Analysis of Information on the U.S.-Japan Relationship
- Promotion of Japanese Business Sector Proposals and Perspectives on Current Issues
- Promoting Better Understanding of the Current Political/Economic/Social Situation in Japan
- Promoting Awareness of Japanese Companies’ Contributions to the U.S. Economy
- Establishment and Enhancement of Policymaking Networks both within Washington D.C. and at the State and Local Level
The following can be attributed to Keidanren USA Executive Director Atsushi Yamakoshi:
“Keidanren USA intends to engage in a broad spectrum of activities to raise the presence level of Keidanren member companies within the Washington D.C. policymaking community, and the United States more broadly.”
“I believe that Keidanren USA’s mission is to link the many different examples of Japanese business activities in the U.S. into a vibrant and effective framework that serves to represent the closeness and interrelated nature of our two economies. Japanese businesses’ investment in, and commitment to, the U.S. economy are worthy of recognition, and this is a story that needs to be told. We look forward to serving as a leading voice in that telling.”
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy wrote an article for the Monthly Keidanren in which she expressed her views on the U.S.-Japan relationship and Keidanren’s role, including comments on the reopening of Keidanren USA.
Representative Joaquin Castro wrote an article for the Monthly Keidanren in which he discussed his role as founding co-chairman of the Congressional U.S.-Japan Caucus, U.S.-Japan economic ties, and his interaction with Keidanren during his August visit to Japan.
Mr. Greg Kimura, President & CEO of the Japanese American National Museum, wrote an article for the Monthly Keidanren in which he described the history of Japanese Americans in the U.S., and the Museum’s efforts at educating them about Japan.
Mr. Hiroaki Nakanishi, Keidanren Vice Chair and President & CEO of Hitachi Ltd. wrote about his personal experiences in the United States and the need for Japanese businesses to recognize such factors as the size and diversity of the U.S. in their interaction.