Tokyo, 3 October 2023(TDI): Kamikawa Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, hosted a cordial and productive courtesy call with a distinguished delegation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Japan-U.S. Business Council on October 3.

The delegation was led by Suzanne P. Clark, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

During the half-hour meeting, Minister Kamikawa highlighted the historic significance of President Clark’s leadership as the first female President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, underscoring the growing importance of women in both politics and business on the global stage.

She commended the pivotal role that Japan has played as the world’s largest investor in the United States for four consecutive years.

Minister Kamikawa acknowledged the member companies of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Japan Business Council as integral pillars supporting the strong and enduring Japan-U.S. relations.

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In response, President Clark expressed her deep appreciation for the significant contributions made by Japanese companies to the U.S. economy and expressed her commitment to further strengthening the U.S.-Japan economic relationship, including at the local level.

She emphasized the value of bilateral collaboration and engagement.

Both Minister Kamikawa and President Clark recognized the importance of female leadership and its potential to inspire and empower women entrepreneurs and business professionals worldwide.

They shared a common commitment to promoting gender equality and acknowledged the positive message sent by female leaders to women in all walks of life.

They engaged in valuable discussions about the strong economic ties between Japan and the United States and their shared commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive business environment.

They expressed their enthusiasm for ongoing collaboration and cooperation in various areas of mutual interest