Jiro Murase

An Announcement from JCCI and the Nippon Club

It is with great sadness that we advise you that Mr. Jiro Murase passed away on Tuesday, August 5 in New York City. He was 86 years old. He served on the Board of Directors of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, and as the J.C.C. Fund Board of Trustees Chairman. He also served as Chairman of the Legal Committee, a member of the Executive Committee, and Honorary Director & Advisor of the Nippon Club. His leadership, warmth, and generosity will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to Satoru Murase and his family.

The funeral was held privately. A memorial service is planned for a later date.

Keiko Haruno

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Rokyoku Dinner Show
Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 pm

JCCI cordially invites you to a rokyoku dinner show, featuring a performance by Keiko Haruno. Rokyoku is a genre of traditional Japanese narrative singing. Generally accompanied by a Shamisen, rokyoku became very popular in Japan during the first half of the 20th century. Ms. Haruno will perform in English and Japanese with English subtitles. This special evening will also include a three-course dinner with seafood and seasonal vegetables, prepared by Nippon Club chef Hideki Yasuoka.

To register, please contact JCCI: 212-246-8001 /

Alex Chachkes

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Everything You Need to Know About U.S. Intellectual Property Law
Wednesday, September 24, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Please join Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe and the JCCI for an hour-long session regarding United States intellectual property law. The session will focus on patent law, but cover trademark, copyright and trade secret law as well, focusing on these issues as they relate to Japanese companies. Alex Chachkes, a partner in Orrick’s New York office and Co-Head of Orrick’s Patent Practice Group, will lead the discussion. Mr. Chachkes has represented Japanese companies, including Nikkei Stock Index 300 companies, in important IP-related matters.

To register, please contact JCCI: 212-246-8001 /


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The 22nd Annual San-Betsu Charity Golf Tournament
Tuesday, September 30, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc. in cooperation with the Nippon Club, this fundraising event is planned as an all-day golf outing in scramble play format. Teams will be formed by industry, providing a unique opportunity to expand your network of friends among colleagues in your respective areas of business. Proceeds benefit The Fund for Public Schools.

To register, please contact JCCI: 212-246-8001 /

US Educators

JCCI's 2014 U.S. Educators Program - Report

This year, JCCI sent its 25th delegation of educators on a study tour of Japan, from June 30 to July 14, 2014. 15 teachers, administrators, and guests traveled to Japan to gain new insight into Japan's culture and educational system, in order to better serve their students and Tri-State area communities. The group went to Tokyo, Miyagi, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nara, and Hakone, where they visited Japanese schools, educational institions, and major cultural sites. They toured a region that was devastated by the 3/11 disaster and learned about the country's ongoing recovery, explored beautiful temples and shrines, met with an atomic bomb survivor in Hiroshima, enjoyed a tea ceremony in Kyoto, and stayed overnight with host families in historical Asuka village. Please click here to see some photos from their journey!

You can also read about the educators' experiences in their own words by visiting the program's official blog.

Women's Networking

Women's Networking Event Report

On the evening of May 14, 50 guests gathered to attend JCCI and the Nippon Club’s first Women’s Networking Event. The event featured two speakers—Ms. Keiko Tashiro, Chairperson of Daiwa Capital Markets America, and Ms. Allison MacEachron, Director of Business Council for the United Nations—who discussed their career paths and offered advice to women seeking to advance in the workplace.

Ms. MacEachron advised the attendees to “blow their own horn,” noting that simply doing a job well does not necessarily mean it will be noticed. It’s crucial that women to advocate for themselves, ask for promotions, and share their accomplishments, she said. She also spoke about her experience moving from the private sector to an NGO, and said that networking is essential to making transitions successfully.

Ms. Tashiro, who has been with Daiwa for 27 years, said that her career path was unusual, as many women change jobs because they feel they aren’t advancing quickly enough. She advised women that it is important to remember that the workplace isn’t always fair, and that the best way to avoid resentment and jealousy is to try to see a situation from all angles. She recommended that women focus on prioritizing what matters. She also spoke about being in a management role, and the importance of learning how to motivate people.

The talk concluded with a Q&A from the audience. Guests then enjoyed a networking reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres. We appreciate everyone’s participation and hope to see you again at future events!

Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner

JCCI's 29th Annual Dinner - 1,000 Distinguished Guests Gather to Celebrate the Chamber's Anniversary

JCCI's 29th Annual Dinner was held at the New York Hilton Midtown on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. The event was a huge success, with a full house of almost 1,000 guests who enjoyed speeches from business and political leaders, an award ceremony, fabulous entertainment, and great food. JCCI is grateful to all participants, whose contributions will go to the J.C.C. Fund, which supports organizations in the Tri-State area working for community enhancement, education, and U.S.-Japan relations. JCCI would like to extend a special thank you to the key individuals who helped make the night such a memorable one:

Dinner Chairman: Mr. Toshiya Hasegawa, Co-CEO, Nomura Holding America, Inc.
Dinner Co-Chairman: Mr. Alan MacDonald, Vice Chairman, Citibank
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Ian Bremmer, Author and President, Eurasia Group
Eagle on the World Awardee: Mr. Hideki Matsui, Professional Baseball Player
Eagle on the World Awardee: Former Ambassador John V. Roos, United States Ambassador to Japan
Special Awardee: Former Senator Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator from Hawai'i

We hope to see all our guests again next year!




Sakura Grant Program

The J.C.C. Fund and the JCAW Foundation are pleased to support the Sakura Grant Program as part of the Cherry Blossom Centennial Commemoration Project. The purpose of the Sakura Grant Program is to support public, private, and charter/magnet schools that provide Japanese language and/or Japanese cultural education to students at the K-12 level in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. Grants will range between $1,000 and $3,000 per school, per school year. The application deadline was June 30, 2013 and schools were notified in September 2013.

For more information, e-mail or call 202-833-2210.



JAA: 2013 General Scholarship

Since 1971, The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. has awarded scholarships to graduating high school students of Japanese descent living in the tri-state area who are applying to United States institutions of higher learning.

The scholarships generally range from $1,000.00 to $6,000.00 and depending on the year, one round-trip ticket between New York and Japan. In 2013 there was a new $10,000 Nishimiya award.

The JAA Scholarship Committee presented the awards at the Annual Scholarship Dinner on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Harvard Club in Manhattan. The keynote speaker was Columbia University Professor Gerald Curtis.

For more information, go to the JAA website.



2014 Directory

2014 Membership Directory
会員企業名簿 2014

JCCI NY's 2014 Membership Directory is now available!!

A complimentary copy of the directory has been sent out to our member companies.

≫ Please click here to purchase the 2014 Membership Directory (PDF order form)

2012 JCCI Member Business Survey Results

2013 JCCI Member Business Survey Results
(Members only)

In November 2013, JCCI conducted a survey of its Board of Director Companies and Regular Member Companies to determine the state of Japanese-affiliated companies in the New York metropolitan area. The following is an analysis of the responses.

Chamber's Earthquake Relief Activities

Ocean Conservancy

Thank you JTB Cultural Exchange Corporation

The JTB Cultural Exchange Corporation generously granted $2,000 to the J.C.C. Fund in support of its commitment to strengthening positive relations between Japan and the United States. The grant will go toward supporting the 25th delegation of the U.S. Educators Program, which sends tri-state area educators from schools with high enrollments of Japanese students to Japan for a two-week study tour. The J.C.C. Fund would like to express its sincere appreciation for this contribution.

Ocean Conservancy

The Nippon Club and JCCI Donate $71,000 to the Ocean Conservancy for Tsunami Debris Cleanup

Mr. Kazuhiro Takeuchi, President of the J.C.C. Fund, presented the donation to Ms. Betty Hallman, Director, Corporate Relations, and Mr. Nick Mallos, Conservation Biologist and Marine Debris Specialist, of the Ocean Conservancy on July 9, 2013.

The donation comes from JCCI and the Nippon Club's Eastern Japan Earthquake Fund. We are grateful to JCCI and Nippon Club members, whose generosity makes it possible for us to fund ongoing relief efforts in the wake of the 3/11 disaster. This donation will support mobilizing cleanups where tsunami debris washes ashore in the U.S.

Picture (from left to right): Mr. Kazuhiro Takeuchi (Sumitomo Corporation, President & CEO and J.C.C. Fund President), Ms. Betty Hallman (Ocean Conservancy, Director, Corporate Relations) and Mr. Nick Mallos (Ocean Conservancy, Conservation Biologist and Marine Debris Specialist)

All Hands

The Nippon Club and JCCI Donate $10,000 for the Queens Library Foundation for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Mitsuhiko Kawai, President of the JCC Fund, presented the donation to Thomas W. Galante, President and CEO of Queens Library, and Diana Chapin, Executive Director of the Queens Library Foundation, at the Peninsula Library in Rockaway Beach on March 8, 2013.
The donation, made possible thanks to the generous contributions of JCCI and Nippon Club members, will help the many libraries in Queens that suffered storm damages. Despite their own challenges following the hurricane, Queens libraries served as crucial community centers in the hardest hit areas.

Picture (from left to right): Ms. Diana Chapin (Executive Director, Queens Library Foundation), Mr. Mitsuhiko Kawai (President of the JCC Fund), Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki (Consul General of Japan in New York), Ms. Simone-Marie Meeks (wife of Rep. Gregory Meeks) and Mr. Thomas W. Galante (President & CEO of Queens Library)

All Hands

The Nippon Club and JCCI Donate $95,000 for All Hands Volunteers' Sandy Relief

Mr. Mitsuhiko Kawai, President of the JCC Fund, presented the donation to Mr. David Campbell, Executive Director of All Hands Volunteers, on February 6, 2013.
Thanks to the generous contributions of JCCI and Nippon Club members, the JCC Fund was able to donate $95,000 to All Hands Volunteers, a non-profit that provides assistance to communities in the wake of natural disasters. JCCI's donation will help All Hands Volunteers in their storm response, which includes Project Long Island and Project Staten Island, initiatives that work closely with community-based organizations to help homeowners with the first step on their road to recovery.


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