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The American counterpart of one of Japan's leading international affairs organizations, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) fosters dialogue and cooperation between Japan, the United States, and other countries around the world.

JCIE Mourns Passing of Jiro Murase

The board and staff of JCIE are saddened by the passing of Jiro Murase on August 5, 2014. Murase was a pioneer in US-Japan relations, and was a long-time board member, advisor, and friend of JCIE. He founded Marks & Murase in 1971, which grew to become one of the leading Japanese law practices in the United States. His firm was merged into Bingham McCutchen Murase, LLC, in 1997.

Jiro Murase became a board member of JCIE/USA in 1977, soon after its establishment, and then served as president from 2001 until 2012, providing invaluable guidance as the organization expanded its activities. During his career he was also a key figure in strengthening US-Japan ties, serving on numerous advisory commissions—including the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations—and playing an active role in a range of other US-Japan organizations and initiatives.

The kindness and wisdom he demonstrated during his four-decade involvement with JCIE will be deeply missed, and those of us at JCIE extend our deepest sympathies to his son Satoru, daughter Miwa, and the rest of the Murase family.

JCIE/USA board members Gerald Curtis, Tadashi Yamamoto, Tom Foley and Jiro Murase in 2001

Jiro Murase with Sadako Ogata and Tadashi Yamamo at JCIE/USA offices (2003)