A Greeting Message from the JCCC Chair

Toshiya Abe

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago (JCCC) was established in 1966 to promote business and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States. The JCCC has grown significantly since its inception, expanding its activities, while making profound achievements and accomplishments in many fields.

The JCCC was founded by 58 corporations, and the Chicago Futabakai Japanese School began with 49 students. Today, the JCCC has over 500 corporate and individual members, and the Japanese School has over 800 students. This remarkable growth is due to our members and steady support for the JCCC’s activities by the City of Chicago and the surrounding communities. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to those individuals as well as to all corporate members and their families who have contributed to the JCCC.

We have three major missions which support our core values since its founding.

First Mission: Member Service – We provide comprehensive services to our members. We plan and execute all necessary services to meet the business needs of our members and promote business exchange between Japan and the United States.

Second Mission: Educational Support – The Chicago Futabakai Japanese Saturday School was established in 1966 and the Chicago Futabakai Japanese Day School was established in 1978 to provide education in Japanese for children of the JCCC members and residents in Chicagoland. The JCCC continues providing the schools with operational and financial support through membership contributions.

Third Mission: Contribution to Local Community – The JCCC Foundation was established to commemorate the JCCC’s 25th anniversary in 1991 to play the role of local corporate citizen to the communities that we serve. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $6.1 million in community funding including support for youth development programs.

In addition, as a member of the Chicago Japanese American Council, the JCCC participated in the “Japan Festival” and “Chicago Japanese Picnic”. Through such activities, we continually reflect and self-assess the importance of the Chamber and our core values. The JCCC thanks the many people in the region for their warm support as we continue to advocate for Japanese companies located in the Chicago area.

The JCCC would like to express our sincere gratitude for the generous efforts made by its members. We look forward to providing much-welcomed services throughout the greater Chicago community for years to come.