The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) was founded in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. JCIE/USA is the North American affiliate of JCIE/Japan, one of the few truly independent think tanks in the field of international affairs in Japan. Located in New York City, JCIE/USA conducts political exchange programs for leading American and Japanese policymakers, carries out policy research and dialogue projects on pressing international issues, and works to promote a greater understanding of civil society and philanthropy in Japan and the Asia Pacific region.

In 2004, JCIE/USA was awarded the Foreign Minister's Commendation by the Government of Japan in recognition of its longstanding work to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations.

Support for our programs comes from the generous contributions and grants of individuals, foundations, and corporations. Visit our support page to learn about contributing to JCIE.

JCIE/USA Staff & Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees
Ronald J. Anderson Former Chairman, AIG Companies, Japan and Korea
Susan V. Berresford Former President, Ford Foundation
Peggy Blumenthal Senior Counselor to the President, Institute of International Education (IIE)
Gerald L. Curtis Professor Emeritus, Columbia University
Hideko Katsumata Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, JCIE/Japan
Charles E. Morrison Distinguished Senior Fellow, East-West Center
Satoru Murase Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Ariel Pablos-Méndez Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center; former Assistant Administrator for Global Health, USAID
Akio Okawara President and Chief Executive Officer, JCIE/Japan
Chair Peggy Blumenthal, Senior Counselor to President, Institute of International Education (IIE)
Secretary & Treasurer James Gannon, Executive Director, JCIE/USA
James Gannon Executive Director
Kim Gould Ashizawa Senior Associate
Atsuko Yokobori Geiger


Susan Hubbard


Stephen McHugh Assistant Program Officer
Maya Wedemeyer Program Manager
David Monico Communications Consultant
Kiyoko Shiromasa Program Associate & Graphic Designer

 (as of June 2019)

Annual Reports

Form 990s

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