Please join Law Office of Mami Terai, P.C., and JCCI, for a special session regarding changes to United States work visas. The focus will be on the future of the H-1B and L-1 Visa under President Trump. These visas are issued for Professionals and Technical skill holders who cannot be easily replaced by American workers. President Trump has expressed a strong desire to change U.S. policies pertaining to immigration and foreign workers. Attorney Mami Terai, who specializes in Immigration Law, will explain the changes and offer insights on how they will impact your company. The seminar is highly recommended for those with H-1B or L-1 visas, and Administrators or Legal Dept. personnel.
Note: This discussion will be conducted in Japanese.
Cost: JCCI/NC Members $50, Guests $80
New Year's Greeting From JCCI's President
Happy New Year to all our wonderful JCCI members! It has been an honor to work with you this past year, and it fills me with great excitement to think of what we can accomplish in 2017.
This upcoming year offers us all a chance to re-commit to our vital work of strengthening the bonds between businesses and countries. It is amazing to think that JCCI has now been engaged in this mission for 85 years! That is something that would not be possible without your continuous support and involvement. Please know that our Chamber remains focused on doing all that we can to forge stronger, mutually beneficial relationships between Japanese and American business people. It goes without saying this past year was a truly eventful one, both internationally, and at JCCI. Our 32nd Annual Dinner gala brought together roughly 900 guests to celebrate the hopeful future of the U.S. - Japan partnership. Very fittingly, the event’s theme was “Advancing Together”. The funds raised from this successful event will go to aiding non-profits in the New York area focused on community enhancement, education, and U.S.-Japan relations. Meanwhile, both the 13th Annual Music & Dinner Cruise and the 24th Annual San-Betsu Charity Golf Tournament helped raise crucial funds supporting victims of Japan’s Kumamoto Earthquakes. In addition, the Chamber’s U.S. Educators Program sent its 27th delegation of NY area teachers to tour Japan in order to better serve their students. Your support of all these efforts shows a remarkable willingness to give back and I remain very grateful for it.
I am happy to report that JCCI has many more exciting events and activities planned for 2017. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure you have all the knowledge and resources necessary to stay on the cutting edge of an always changing world. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we may further partner with you on this worthy goal. As JCCI President, I am confident that through deepening our relationships many future rewards will come.
JCCI's 32nd Annual Dinner:
JCCI celebrated its 32nd Annual Dinner on November 10, 2016 at the New York Hilton Midtown. The roughly 900 guests in attendance celebrated the bright and hopeful future of the U.S. - Japan partnership. The diverse array of relationships now existing between our nations means our destinies have never been more intertwined. The event reaffirmed just how much our future success will surely come as result of us, "Advancing Together." Among the evening's highlights were an awards presentation, speeches on a broad range of topics in business, the arts, and international politics - and of course exquisite food. The funds raised will benefit the J.C.C. Fund, which supports local non-profits helping with community enhancement, education, and U.S.-Japan relations.
JCCI would like to express its deep appreciation to all participants, and give a special thank you to the night's very generous key people:
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Raymond L. Conner, Vice Chairman, The Boeing Company; President & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
JCCI’s U.S. Educators Program
This past summer JCCI proudly sent its 27th delegation of dedicated teachers, administrators, and guests to Japan through the US Educators Program. The initiative has been an important tool for helping American educators better serve their students and Tri-State area Japanese communities. It also serves as a unique way to promote and share the culture of both countries. From July 3rd to July 17th, the group toured Japan, visited several different schools, and met with officials from the Japan Overseas Educational Services. The itinerary included stops in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and a home stay experience in Mihama. In order to experience the uniqueness of Japanese culture, they visited museums, shrines, temples, and memorials. Please click here to see some photos from the trip.
Best wishes to all the great Educators!
We ask you please consider offering your support to help victims of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes. This natural disaster has devastated the Kyushu Region of the country.
The Japanese American Association of New York is collecting donations for the JAA Kyushu Earthquake Relief Fund. More information about their efforts can be found on their website.
The Consulate General of Japan in New York is also now accepting donations. Please find info on how you can donate on their website.
Thank you for your compassionate assistance!
The J.C.C. Fund and the JCAW Foundation are pleased to support the Sakura Grant Program as part of the Cherry Blossom Centennial Commemoration Project. The purpose of the program is to support schools that provide Japanese language and/or cultural education at the K-12 level. Grants range between $500 and $3,000 per institution. The application deadline each year is June and schools are notified in late September.
The following Greater NY area schools were among the 2015 recipients:
Bayside High School
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 202-833-2210.
Since 1971, The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. has awarded scholarships to graduating high school students of Japanese descent living in the tri-state area who are applying to United States institutions of higher learning.
For more information, go to the JAA website.
JCCI NY's 2016-17 Membership Directory is now available.
A complimentary copy of the directory has automatically been sent to our member companies.
In May 2016, JCCI conducted a survey of its Board of Director Companies and Regular Member Companies to determine the state of Japanese-affiliated companies in the New York metropolitan area. The following is an analysis of the responses.
Special Thanks to JTB Cultural Exchange Corporation!
The JTB Cultural Exchange Corporation generously granted $2,000 to the J.C.C. Fund in support of its commitment to promoting positive relations between Japan and the United States. The grant will go toward supporting the 28th delegation of the U.S. Educators Program, which sends tri-state area educators from schools with high enrollments of Japanese students to Japan for a two-week study tour. The J.C.C. Fund would like to express its sincere appreciation for this contribution to the long running program.
The Chamber's Charity Events Raise $15,000 for Kumamoto Earthquake Victims
JCCI President Yasushi Takahashi proudly presented donation checks to Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi twice last year in support of Kumamoto earthquake relief. The donations comes from JCCI & Nippon Club's popular Annual Music & Dinner Cruise and San-betsu Charity Golf Tournament. Both events helped raise funds for the “Consulate General of Japan Relief Fund (Kumamoto)".
Charity Golf Proceeds Assist Students in Brooklyn
It's always great to see the impact that our members' contributions are making. We recently received an update from The Fund for Public Schools on how they are benefiting from the proceeds of the 22nd Annual San-Betsu Golf Tournament. The money was put towards their Library REACH Program which allows schools to upgrade and enhance their libraries. We're happy to report contributions from the Tournament are now assisting students at the Prospect Heights Campus Library.