Ichiro Hirose

It is my honor to be appointed as President of ASOA(American State Offices Association) for the year of 2023.

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 20 states, one city and one port authority. 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. Even in COVID-19, Japan maintains #1 position in cumulative FDI amount in U.S.

The cumulative amount of FDI from Japan to U.S. as of 2021 is US$721 billion. Japanese companies employ 931,900 in U.S. (2020) Japanese companies in U.S. export $75.3 billion.
These are huge contribution to the U.S. economy. (2020) As of October 1, 2021, there are 8,874 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 results of daily efforts of these state offices in Japan.

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

Ichiro Hirose, Japanese Representative, Iowa Economic Development Authority



President Ichiro Hirose (State of Iowa)
Vice President Hisami Imagawa (State of Nebraska)
Vice President Hidemi Inagaki (State of Pennsylvania)
Vice President Korey Howard (State of North Carolina)
Vice President Erisa Yamamoto (State of Ohio)

Committee Chairpersons

Program Committee Hisami Imagawa
Yukio Kobayashi
(State of Nebraska)
(State of Mississippi)
Trade and Investment Committee Hidemi Inagaki
Korey Howard
Masahiro Yamamoto
(State of Pennsylvania)
(State of North Carolina)
(State of Michigan)
Communication Committee Erisa Yamamoto
Korey Howard
Kazuyo Tsuneizumi
(State of Ohio)
(State of North Carolina)
(State of Missouri)

ASOA Secretariat