The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) strengthens the foundations of US-Japan relations and deepens international cooperation.  

As a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1975 in New York, JCIE/USA works in close partnership with JCIE/Japan in Tokyo, organizing exchanges for American and Japanese political leaders, sponsoring policy dialogues, and building ties among nonprofit organizations. Its broad networks enable it to bring together key players from different sectors—political leaders, government officials, policy experts, business executives, social entrepreneurs, and NGO leaders—to tackle the complex global issues facing our countries.

More than 1,000 Americans and Japanese political leaders have traveled to one another’s countries on JCIE’s political exchange programs, and JCIE has organized scores of policy dialogues that have served as a catalyst for US-Japan cooperation, from high-level discussions on US-Japan security and trade in the 1970s and 1980s to ones focused on global health security, women’s leadership, and other pressing challenges in recent years. In recognition of its work to strengthen US-Japan relations, JCIE/USA was the recipient of the Foreign Minister’s Commendation by the Government of Japan in 2004.

(Photo: JCIE/USA’s office is located in the building pictured at right in the foreground.)


KAZUYO KATO | Executive Director
KIM GOULD ASHIZAWA  | Senior Advisor
STACI CUSTUS | Program Associate
JAMES GANNON | Senior Fellow
HAYLEY HUTCHISON | Program Officer
STEPHEN McHUGH  | Associate Program Officer
DAVID MONICO | Communications Consultant
TOMOKO YOSHIDA  | Senior Program Officer


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 and former President, East-West Center
AKIO OKAWARA  | President and Chief Executive Officer, JCIE/Japan
ARIEL PABLOS-MÉNDEZ  | Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York
CHAIR  | Peggy Blumenthal, Senior Counselor to the President, Institute of International Education (IIE)
SECRETARY & TREASURER  | Kazuyo Kato, Executive Director, JCIE/USA

In addition to its regular programs, JCIE/USA holds a number of special events on an occasional basis to promote US-Japan relations. 

JCIE is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Support for our programs comes from generous contributions and grants from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

Internships are offered throughout the year.
Contact us about availability.