Business Leaders from Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA) and Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC) conducted an annual visit to  the state capital on June 15 and 16, 2022. This is the first in-person visit since the Coronavirus pandemic started in 2020.  

Our meeting counterparts were politicians, government agencies, and business leaders, including California Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi, California Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz), California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), and California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber). We discussed wide ranging topics from homelessness, the economy, supply chain disruption, and climate change. Some of our counterparts expressed interest and high expectations in Japanese clean/sustainable technology including hydrogen technology.

Our continued efforts to strengthen ties with lawmakers, business leaders, and government agencies help gain recognition that Japan is the foremost foreign direct investor in California that contributes to more than 105,000 jobs with estimated $10,978 million in wages to the California economy, according to the “FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN CALIFORNIA, 2022” report by the World Trade Center Los Angeles.