The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce is one of Honolulu’s major business organizations, representing a cross-section of the city’s businesses, industries and professions. As members of the Chamber, businesses and government professionals are given an opportunity to collectively seek solutions to Hawaii’s community and business problems which can best be solved by group action.

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As we welcomed in the Year of the Sheep, the Chamber celebrated its 70th Annual Shinnen Enkai (New Year’s) Banquet with a first time all female DOROBO cast. Of course, the event was sold out! Mahalo goes to our Event Chair, Gordon Kagawa and his planning committee, the cast members and foremost the patient “senseis” that guided the ladies, the Kojyo and Meakashi through their first class act…

The term “Kuroko” (literal translation: black child//black clothes) is used in reference to the stagehands in traditional Japanese theatre, dressed all in black so as to appear invisible. They move about kabuki and noh stages much as a stealthy ninja at night. They may even hold props or move scenery, but are rarely apparent on stage. Such is the case with Seiji Aspengren, Owner and CEO of Courier Corp. of Hawaii, one of our HJCC Kuroko Recognition Honorees…

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The HJCC presented our 2nd Business Master Class featuring Irene Hirano Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council on February 24, 2015 at the First Hawaiian Bank Board Room. 32 HJCC Women members and guests listened to Irene share her personal journey from health care, to Japan American Museum and now to U.S.-Japan Council…

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Wow, what an awesome way to kick-off the New Year, HJCC style! Our members along with their guests rang in the New Year at our annual Shinnen Enkai Banquet. This year was a special 70th anniversary edition and with that our Sensei did a fabulous job once again for a first ever all female Dorobo cast!…

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We were visited by the Director of International Trade, Takayasu Noaki  from the Shizuoka Prefecture Government who were in Honolulu to promote their beef, strawberry, wasabi and marine products during a two day show at a local Japanese store.  With them were food product people from Shizuoka.