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[FAQ+ Info] 38th Annual Dinner Gala: Moving Towards the Future

Published on September 30, 2022

Dear JCCI 38th Annual Gala invitee,

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc. (JCCI) invites you to join us at the 38th Annual Gala to celebrate the vibrant bilateral U.S. – Japan relationship. This year’s theme, Moving Towards the Future, focuses on the betterment of how we work and live. We are delighted to gather in person once again to recognize the contributions that this year’s guests of honor have made to our community. We hope that their stories inspire you all to continue doing your part every day to make our world a more understanding, unified, and peaceful place.

The 38th Annual Gala will be held in-person at the New York Hilton Midtown on Monday, November 7, starting at 6pm. On this unforgettable evening, the Chamber will highlight the efforts of several individuals who have promoted strong ties between our nations.


Eagle on the World Awardees 

Suzanne Basalla – President & CEO, U.S.-Japan Council

Syukuro Manabe – Recipient of 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics

Commemorative Awardees

Norman Mineta – 14th United States Secretary of Transportation

Shinzo Abe – Former Prime Minister of Japan

Keynote Speaker

Ian Bremmer – President & Founder, Eurasia Group



We kindly request your support as a gala benefactor.



Honorary Vice Chair Table - $25,000

- Guest of honor reception tickets for 8 guests 

- Premier seating

- Preferential listing in gala program and event display screens

Vice Chair Table - $15,000

- Guest of honor reception tickets for 2 guests

- General reception tickets for 6 guests

- Priority seating

- Listing in gala program and event display screens

General Table - $8,000

- General reception tickets for 8 guests

VIP Seat - $1,200

- Guest of honor reception ticket for 1 guest

General Seat - $600

- General reception ticket for 1 guest



Contributions also welcome

Contributions made at the Honorary Vice Chair and Vice Chair levels will be given recognition during the event and in the gala program. 



The J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization (Tax ID: 13-3307742). All monies are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Attire is black tie optional, with black tie encouraged for table hosts.

Please see the attached formal invitation letter and brochure for more information. We kindly request that you RSVP online by Friday, October 14.

We hope to see you on November 7 as we move towards the future together.


Ryoichi Shinke
Dinner Chair 

Paul Knopp 
Dinner Co-Chair

Sayu Ueno
JCCI President

Please find below for our FAQ

How can I get to the Hilton? Are there multiple entrances? 
The Hilton is located on 1335 Avenue of the Americas. Reception and the gala will both be on the 3rd floor. Coat check is available on the 2nd floor. There will also be a coat rack by the entrance of the Honorary Reception located in the Mercury Ballroom. (Note: This coat check is available only for guests with "Honorable Guest Gala Tickets") The gala will be held at the Grand Ballroom.

Signs will be placed throughout the venue, and JCCI staff will be there to guide you should you need any assistance.

If you are coming by car, please note self parking is not available, and valet parking is $75.

Will I need to wear my mask?
Masks are NOT required, but are strongly encouraged. We kindly ask you to stay home if you are feeling unwell, and/or experiencing any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

Will I need my proof of vaccination?
No, it is not required.

What is the dress code for this gala?
Dress code will be black tie optional. Women can choose a formal evening gown, a shorter cocktail dress, or formal separates. For men, tuxedoes are encouraged for table hosts and BOD members, but are not mandatory. A suit and tie in muted colors will do just fine.

What time will the event end?
The event should end around 10 PM ET.

Where can I access the gala program and seating chart?
They have been sent to all attendees via email. They will also be available digitally through a QR code at the event. 
Alternatively, you may access them here: