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Welcome to Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California


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Our Background

Within the heart of California, San Francisco and Silicon Valley

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC) was founded in 1950 to promote business, mutual understanding, and goodwill between Japan and the United States.

In 1951, JCCNC was incorporated as a California nonprofit.

JCCNC is the only chamber of commerce for Japanese businesses originally founded by Japanese Americans.  One of its unique qualities lies in the fact that it comprises of Japanese and Japanese American businesses, corporations and organizations, all with ties between Northern California and Japan.
JCCNC provides assistance to businesses from Japan wishing to open a Northern California office.  It also works in conjunction with the Consulate General of Japan to convey information through a joint disaster crisis management system.

In the U.S., volunteerism and corporate responsibility is considered an important part of business.  JCCNC members support local communities, organizations, and programs as a means to encourage corporate responsibility.

JCCNC continues to promote goodwill and friendship between Japan and the United States.  It provides networking opportunities as well as informational seminars that educate Japanese corporations about doing business in California.

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Become a Member


Upon agreement to JCCNC mission statement, please submit the application form as prescribed.

Membership Categories

Corporate Membership:

Corporation located or operating business in Northern California engaging in U.S.-Japan relationship.

Special Membership:

Corporate or Individual determined by the JCCNC Board of Directors to be of significantly contributing to JCCNC.

Honorary Membership:         

Consul General of Japan Consulate General in San Francisco, or those who elected that the JCCNC board is suitable for honorary.

Personal Membership:         

Scholars, and Retirees may apply for Associate Membership.  Student may apply for Student Membership.

Member Benefit

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How to Apply

  1. Click the application below.

  2. Fill out online application form and put your signature.

  3. Submit and inform to JCCNC via E-mail.

Volunteer Opportunities

Bay Area Communities


JCCNC supports programs and activities hosted by many Japanese American communities and organizations here in the Bay Area.

Please participate as we will introduce such activities and events, along with volunteer opportunity information.

Japantown Community Congress of San Jose

Formed for the preservation of the historic and cultural heritage of San Jose Japantown

--one of last three remaining Japantowns in the U.S.--and to promote efforts to sustain and enhance the diversity, vibrancy, and viability of this community.  Visit engraved benches installed throughout Japantown that provide information about the historic significance of each site (one of their many innovative projects). 

San Francisco Japantown Foundation

Formed in 2006 with the vision to preserve and  honor San Franicsco Japantown’s history by fostering and providing funding for activities that reflect the Japanese American heritage, and to engage Japanese of all generations and all experiences.  It identifies and supports historic, social, cultural, economic, and artistic assets that benefit the Japantown community. Its annual fundraising event held in January each year is to introduce "Osechi". 

National Japanese American Historical Society

A membership organization founded in 1980 to preserve the history of Japanese Americans in general and educating the public about the contributions of Japanese Americans to American Society.  Its work includes ground-breaking exhibitions and educational events for the public, historical research, and development of educational resources for teachers and students.  Try their Japantown Cultural and Historical Walking Tour.

Wakamatsu Farm

Located in Placerville

(near Sacramento)

Site of the first Japanese Colony established by immigrants from Aizu Wakamatsu arrived in 1869, to introduce Japanese tea and silk to Americans. 

150th anniversary events were held last year.

“The Center”

Located in Japantown, San Francisco

Raised $600,000 for the victims of Kobe Earthquake in 1995; led the community to raise $3.5 million for the victims of Tohoku Earthquake.

“Tabemasho” – The Center’s largest annual fundraising event is held in September each year.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

Located in San Jose’s Japantown, with the mission to collect, preserve and share the Japanese American history, culture and arts with the greater Bay Area.  Docent tours of the Gallery and Japantown walking tours are available.  Also come visit the JAMsj store for books and volunteer made cards and crafts.

California - Japan Sister Cities Network

The APA Heritage Foundation

Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC)

California-Japan Sister Cities Network (CJSCN) provides support to the sister city and friendship city relationships between California and Japan to nurture and cultivate long-lasting international relationships. 

Through its activities of enhancing and strengthening these relationships, CJSCN will promote peace and prosperity.

The APA Heritage Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the diverse Asian American

and Pacific Islander cultural heritage as well as providing a forum for community collaborations.  

Every year, the Foundation coordinates resources to support San Francisco’s celebration of AAPI Heritage Month. 

In addition to the APA Heritage Awards and Reception, an annual signature event in SF City, the foundation also works with over 100 Publicity Partners to compile and cross-promote the AAPI Heritage Month Celebration Guide.

AAPI Month 20th Anniversary Video

“Moving Forward Together” 

The Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC)’s mission is to cultivate and enrich the lives of children and youth from diverse, multicultural communities throughout San Francisco and beyond.
JCCNC supports its “The Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) Program, " a statewide initiative that allows college students to support the work of community organizations while increasing their understanding of contemporary issues affecting Japanese Americans. 

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Partner Organizations

Valued Partnerships

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Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization)

Japan National Tourism Organization

The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Japan Society of Northern America

California Chamber of Commerce

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Get in Touch

950 Tower Lane, Suite 345, Foster City, CA 94404

Tel: (650)522-8500

Fax: (650)522-8300

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