About CIE

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 Gregory Boyko

CIE-US is proud to support Grassroots Summits in the United States and to help strengthen this unique people-to-people initiative between the U.S. and Japan. In 27 years, over 40,000 Japanese and Americans have participated in Grassroots Summits, making ours among the most enduring and important bilateral exchange programs. Please see information on past Summits here and upcoming Summits in State of Washington in 2018.

CIE-US’ approach is focused and collaborative. We have an experienced and dedicated Board of Directors. The National Association of Japan-America Societies acts as our Secretariat and we work closely with CIE in Japan and complementary organizations in the U.S. and Japan to support the Summits. We are deeply grateful to our sponsors listed below for their generous support of CIE-US.


CIE-US Board of Directors


Gregory Boyko

President, Honorary Consul-General of Japan in Connecticut

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

Hiroko Todoroki

Secretary General, CIE

Seiichiro Ted Uchida

President, Moralogy Association USA

Ginger Wange

New York Botanical Garden

John Wheeler

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

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