WASHINGTON – The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) is pleased to welcome new leadership to the Board of Directors, with Kathy Matsui and Susan Morita as board co-chairs effective Jan. 1.

Matsui is a general partner at MPower Partners and former vice chair, co-head of macro research in Asia and chief Japan strategist at Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd. As a writer and economist, she is recognized for her research of “Womenomics” in Japan.

Among her many accolades, she serves as an external board director of Fast Retailing Inc., adjunct professor at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Management, board member of the Asian University for Women (AUW) Support Foundation, and director of the Fast Retailing Foundation.

In 2020, she published a best-selling Japanese book titled “How to Nurture Female Employees.”

“USJC was the first and only organization as a Nikkeijin that I really identified with,” says Matsui. “It wasn’t [about] political advocacy; USJC is really about forging people-to-people relationships across the Pacific, the micro-level ties across generations that are necessary to make this bilateral relationship thrive.”

Morita has had a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years as an attorney with the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where her practice focused on cross-border business transactions, including strategic acquisitions and investments, divestitures, and complex joint ventures. She represented domestic and international clients, including Japanese corporations, in a wide range of industries.

Morita recently retired from her position as partner at Arnold & Porter. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Japanese American National Museum.

Morita says, “I view my involvement at USJC to be in part a tribute to my issei grandparents and their legacy and the cultural heritage that they so loved and passed on to me. USJC provides a very personally meaningful opportunity to help build bridges between the country of my birth and that of my grandparents.”

USJC bid farewell to previous Board Chair Paul Yonamine, who is based in Honolulu and is the former chairman and CEO of Central Pacific Financial Corp. and executive chairman of Central Pacific Bank. He had also previously served as chair of the USJC Board of Councilors.

A full list of the USJC Board of Directors, along with their biographies, can be found here: https://www.usjapancouncil.org/board-of-directors-us/

USJC develops and connects global leaders to create a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship. Its members believe people-to-people relationships are a powerful way to bring together leaders in the U.S. and Japan to address and create solutions to mutual concerns. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization that was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with staff in California, Hawaii and Tokyo.

In 2012, the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) was created and in 2013, it became a public interest corporation (koeki zaidan hojin). It maintains an office in Tokyo.

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