The Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA) is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to develop and improve the business environment for Japanese companies in Southern California. The JBA pimarily engages in the following three activities in support of its mission :
Engaging in activities that promote friendship and networking among members
Disseminating information and providing educational programs for members
Maintaining regular communications with local governmental agencies and other political and economic organizations
Periodic publication of the contributions made to the local community through the activities of Japanese companies
Engaging in activities that contribute to the local community
Supporting and improving the educational environment for members
Managing Asahi Gakuen
Supporting and communicating with local educational institutions
Supporting cultural exchanges between the United States and Japan
Japanese Business in Southern California
Southern California, where 700 Japanese companies are located, is one of the most highly concentrated regions for Japanese companies operating outside of Japan. The economic impact of Japanese businesses in Southern California is particularly significant because Japanese companies tend to enter the U.S. market by establishing new facilities and hiring new employees rather than by acquiring existing businesses. Our survey shows that 88% of Japanese companies entered the U.S. market by starting new entities.
* 2012 Survey of Japanese Companies in Southern California (Jointly conducted by JBA and JETRO)
Contribution to Local Company
Our survey shows that at least 17 Japanese companies in Southern California had annual revenue of $1 billion or more, and 62 Japanese companies had revenue of $100 million or more in 2011.
The 453 Japanese companies who responded to our survey also created approximately 50,000 jobs in Southern California.
The Japanese companies operating in Southern California reflect the diversity and breadth of the Southern California economy and include manufacturing, services, wholesale/retail, trading, and transportation. The Japanese companies in the service industry include information systems, film/publishing, leisure/tourism, professional services, and other businesses.
Most Japanese companies in Southern California are based in Los Angeles County, followed by Orange County and San Diego County. Torrance, which is a well-established hub to many Japanese companies, is the city that is home to most Japanese companies, followed by Los Angeles, Irvine, and Gardena.