American Chamber of Commerce Japan

The American Chamber of Commerce Japan (ACCJ) is a non-profit business organization consisting mainly of executives from American companies. Currently, the ACCJ has members that represent over 1,000 companies with offices located in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Working closely with the governments of the United States and Japan, business organizations and others, the ACCJ actively promotes activities that help achieve its mission of further developing commerce between the United States and Japan.[1]

American Chamber of Commerce Japan
FormationAugust 24, 1948 (1948-08-24)
TypeAdvocacy group
Legal statusNon-Profit
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan
Sachin N. Shah
Main organ
Board of Governors


The ACCJ was established in 1948 by representatives of 40 American companies. Originally, the ACCJ had six committees and nine board members.[2]

The ACCJ claims to be Japan’s most influential foreign business organization, and serves as the primary forum for the foreign business community in Japan to identify and pursue shared interests and goals. There are more than sixty Chamber committees, subcommittees, task forces, and advisory councils that cover such diverse areas as: financial services, corporate social responsibility, marketing, independent business, healthcare services, e-business, transportation and logistics, legal services, the travel industry, and human resource management.[3]


The ACCJ committees combined hold over 500 programs annually, and these events are exclusively attended by ACCJ members and their accompanied guests. The backbone of the annual agenda is hundreds of engagements with leading experts and shapers of policy and business trends in Japan.[4] Speakers are drawn from the ranks of global business leaders, top U.S. and Japanese government officials, industry experts, scholars and pop culture icons. Former speakers Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe; JP Morgan Japan Director of Research, Jesper Koll; Rakuten Inc CEO, Hiroshi Mikitani; General Electric CEO, Jeffrey R. Immelt; U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO, Tom J. Donohue; former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger; U.S. Department of Energy Secretary, Steven Chu; Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood; Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, and many others have chosen the ACCJ as their forum for addressing Japan’s international business community.[5][6]


As a key stakeholder in the commercial relationship between the United States and Japan, the ACCJ works to influence the discussions that frame policy in both countries. The ACCJ issues its official positions on policy issues in Viewpoint position papers, white papers, public comments and other reports. The ultimate goal of these policy positions and the advocacy carried out to communicate them and promote their implementation is to further the mission of the ACCJ to improve the business environment in Japan for Chamber members.[7]

ACCJ Board of Governors (as of 2018)

Leadership positions within the ACCJ are held by elected officials who represent top-level Japanese businesspeople and expats in Japan from the U.S. and around the globe.[8]

Leadership PositionMember NameCompany Title
PresidentSachin N. ShahDirector, Representative Statutory Executive Officer, Chairman, President and CEO, MetLife Insurance K.K.
ChairmanChristopher J. LaFleurSenior Director, McLarty Associates
Vice President—TokyoAmy JacksonJapan Representative, The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Vice President—TokyoPeter M. JenningsPresident, Japan & Korea/Associate General Counsel, Dow Chemical Japan Ltd.
Vice President—TokyoMarie G. KisselSenior Advisor, International Government Affairs, Abbott
Vice President—TokyoJonathan KushnerVice President, Communications, McDonald's Company (Japan), Ltd
Vice President—KansaiDr. Stephen A. ZurcherProfessor & Dean, Asian Studies Program, Kansai Gaidai University
Vice President—ChubuRay ProperIT Manager, H&R Group K.K.
Treasurer—TokyoNancy NgouExecutive Director, Ernst & Young Advisory Co., Ltd.
Treasurer—KansaiCraig McGovernDirector of Operations, Hilton Osaka
Treasurer—ChubuChad MusickOperations Manager ThinkSCIENCE Inc.
Governor—TokyoEriko AsaiPresident, CEO and Executive Managing Director, Government Affairs and Policy, GE Japan
Governor—TokyoRyan ArmstrongDirector, Corporate Secretariat Department, Aflac Japan
Governor—TokyoAlison Jane EspleyManaging Director, Japan & Pacific Sales, United Airlines
Governor—TokyoBrett C. GerryBoeing Japan President, Boeing Japan K.K.
Governor—TokyoRebecca K. GreenPrincipal Consultant, ERM Japan Ltd.
Governor—TokyoYumi GotoSenior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola (Japan) Company Ltd.
Governor—TokyoTad JohnsonGeneral Manager & Representative Director, Pratt & Whitney Aftermarket Japan KK
Governor—TokyoJenifer Simms RogersGeneral Counsel Asia, Asurion Japan Holdings G.K
Governor—TokyoArthur M. MitchellSenior Counselor, White & Case LLP
Governor—TokyoRyann ThomasPartner, PwC Tax Japan
Governor—TokyoMegumi TsukamotoDirector, Government & Corporate Affairs, Japan, Caterpillar Japan LLC.
Governor—TokyoHiroshi UekiHead of Government Affairs, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.
Governor—KansaiPatrik JonssonPresident, Eli Lilly Japan K.K.
Governor—ChubuMichel WeenickVice President, Architecture & Construction, Asia Pacific Hilton Grand Vacations
President EmeritusDebbie HowardChairman, CarterJMRN K.K.
President EmeritusCharles D. Lake IIChairman and Representative in Japan, Aflac Japan
President EmeritusAllan D. SmithRepresentative in Japan & CEO, RGA Reinsurance Company, Japan Branch
President EmeritusThomas W. WhitsonChairman, Japan Market Expansion Competition
President EmeritusMichael J. AlfantGroup Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fusion Systems Group
President EmeritusJay Ponazecki
Executive DirectorLaura Younger


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  3. "ACCJ: Committees". Archived from the original on 2 June 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
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  5. "ACCJ:Events". ACCJ. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
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  8. "ACCJ Leadership". Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
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