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About CIE-US

CIE-US is CIE’s partner in the United States. CIE-US helps to find and support host cities for Summits in the United States and also to encourage Americans to participate in Summits in Japan. Japan-America Societies across the United States have been important hosts of Summits in the U.S., most recently in San Diego in 2014 and Atlanta in 2016. The Japan-America Society of State of Washington will host the 2018 Grassroots Summit in Seattle and neighboring cities.

Message from CIE-US President James Kelly

I and my wife Amy have long and personal relationships with many dear friends in Japan through our many years spent in the country as members of the U.S. Navy. That includes six years in our hometown of Yokosuka, where we worked closely with local government leaders and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force in support of the Japan-USA Alliance. Our many friendships formed over the years were key to everything we did - then and now.
To have the honor and pleasure of leading the John Manjiro-Whitfield Commemorative CIE-US efforts with our counterparts in Japan is a joy - person-to-person relationships are the corner-stones to our country-to-country relationships, and I am looking forward to doing my best to bring our two peoples ever-closer through grassroots summits and other venues whenever possible.
You have my commitment, and I will do my best!
Sincerely, Jamie Kelly


CIE-US Board of Directors


James Kelly

President, RADM USN (Ret)

William Farrell

Treasurer, Naval War College Adjunct Professor

Peter Kelley

Secretary, President of National Association of Japan-America Societies


Kazuyoshi Domoto

Executive Director, Japan – America Society of Georgia

James Gannon

Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA)

Peter Grilli

Former President, Japan Society of Boston

Robert Johnson

Attorney, Baker Donelson

Frederick H. Katayama

Anchor / Producer, Reuters

Matthew Krebs

Executive Director, Japan Society of Boston

Urban Lehner

Former Wall Street Journal Tokyo Bureau Chief

Louisa Rubinfien

Debra Saito

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Chika Aoki

Secretary General, CIE

Ginger Wange

New York Botanical Garden

John Wheeler

Consultant, U.S.-Japan business, arts and culture

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