Japan - Commercial Guide
Principal Business Associations

Provides references to the principal business associations, indicating which accept U.S. companies. Describes the primary roles of those associations and to what extent they influence government actions.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

American Chamber of Commerce Japan (ACCJ) (http://www.accj.or.jp/)
The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan has offices in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, and represents approximately 3,500 members from more than 1,000 companies in over 40 countries. The Chamber has over 60 Committees that organize over 500 events a year. Committees partner with the Commercial Service for advocacy efforts including an annual Diet Door Knock and the release of industry/issue specific white papers.

Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) (http://www.jcci.or.jp/english/about.html)
The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the parent entity for over 515 chambers of commerce in Japan with approximately 1.25 million members. The Chambers includes many SMEs and act as specially designated corporations. Typically, each city in Japan has its own chamber. JCCI lobbies on behalf of all chambers at a national level, promotes nationwide projects and disseminates information concerning government policies and programs.

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) (https://www.jetro.go.jp/en/)
The Japan External Trade Organization is the export promotion arm of the Japanese Government whose purpose is to promote trade and investment. As of November 2017, JETRO has over 46 domestic and 74 international offices in 54 countries. JETRO has six offices in the United States ready to provide assistance to companies interested in the Japanese market.

Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) (http://www.keidanren.or.jp/en/)
Keidanren is Japan’s most prominent business organization with 1,412 corporate, 109 nationwide industrial association, and 47 regional economic organization members (as of April, 2019). Keidanren is active in both domestic and international policy advocacy efforts and has an office in Washington, D.C. Keidanren has sent missions to the U.S. in 2015, 2016, and 2017 to promote further bilateral business opportunities.

Keizai Doyukai (http://www.doyukai.or.jp/en/)
Keizai Doyukai, known as the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with membership from 1,400 top executives of 1,000 corporations. Members join as individuals independent of their companies. Ultimately, it seeks to better Japan’s national wellbeing by drawing on the expertise of its members. The organization does this by conducting its own independent research and actively seeking to influence key policy areas through debates with political parties and labor organizations. Due to the rank and number of its members, the association is able to influence government lobbying.

Japan Association of New Economy (JANE) (https://jane.or.jp/english/)
The Japan Association of New Economy was created to strengthen Japan’s competitiveness through the expansion of the Internet and e-business, with three core objectives of innovation, entrepreneurship and globalization promotion. Made up of 525 companies as of April 2019, association members include startups and newcomers that are involved in making policy recommendations to the Japanese Government.