Masamichi Takahashi

It is my honor to be appointed as President of ASOA (American State Offices Association) for the year of 2021.

Since its foundation in 1980, ASOA has been engaged in promotion of investment, trade, tourism and students exchange between Japan and United States as our mission. ASOA now consists of 19 states and one city. We introduce each state’s business climates and advantages of its industries at various seminars and trade shows collaborating with U.S. Embassy, Keidanren, JETRO, Prefectural Governments, Chamber of Commerce and other organizations.

Japan and United States has very close relationship. As a notable thing, in year 2019, Japan became #1 country by cumulative FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) amount in U.S. passing U.K. and Canada.

The cumulative amount of FDI from Japan to U.S. as of 2019 is US$ 645 billion. Japanese companies employ 948,100 in U.S.(2018) Japanese companies in U.S. Export $84.5 billion. These are huge contribution to the U.S. economy.(2018) As of October 1, 2019, there are 8,959 facilities owned by Japanese companies in U.S. according to the data of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan.

In this home page of ASOA, you will find the information of each state office. Our member states help and support your investment, trade and tourism. Above numbers are the result of daily efforts of these state offices in Japan. I, myself, stayed and worked in U.S. as an employee of Itochu Corporation for 17 years in total. I love U.S. and U.S. always is the Land of Opportunity.

Please feel free to contact with ASOA member offices .We will always be here to help and support your business.

Masamichi Takahashi, Executive Director, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development



President Masamichi Takahashi (State of Kentucky)
Vice President Joseph Huntemann (State of Georgia)
Vice President Kazumi Fujimoto (State of Florida)
Vice President Paul Roland (State of Indiana)

Committee Chairpersons

Program Committee Paul Roland
David Royer
(State of Indiana)
(State of South Carolina)
Trade and Investment Committee Kazumi Fujimoto
Kazuyo Mizutani
(State of Florida)
(State of West Virginia)
Communication Committee Joseph Huntemann
Neal Jansen
(State of Georgia)
(State of Arkansas)

ASOA Secretariat