More than 700 Japanese companies are located in Southern California, one of the highest concentrations of Japanese businesses
operating outside of Japan in the world. 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.
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 primarily engages in the following three activities in support of its mission: Strengthening Ties with the Local Community, Membership Services, and Educational Support Activities.
-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
-Engaging in activities that promote friendship and networking among members
-Disseminating information and providing educational programs for members
-Managing Asahi Gakuen, a Japanese Saturday supplemental school
-Supporting and improving the educational environment for members
-Supporting and communicating with local educational institutions
-Supporting cultural exchanges between the United States and Japan