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Southeast U.S.-JAPAN CONFERENCE | 米国南東部日本協会

Unfortunately the 2020 & 2021 SEUS-Japan Meetings in Tokyo, Japan was postponed due to the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Stay tuned for more details about the next event and learn more at

“On behalf of the member states of the SEUS-Japan Alliance and as Co-Chair for this year’s summit, it is my pleasure to share a video presentation of the 43rd Annual Joint Meeting of the SEUS-Japan & Japan-SEUS Association. While we were unable to gather in-person this year, the alliance continues in its commitment to enhancing strong economic and diplomatic ties, and deepening connections with our Japanese friends. This video highlights the enduring strength of our bilateral partnership - developed over five decades – and recognizes the importance of Japanese businesses in our region. I would like to extend my gratitude to Chairman Asada, and all of our partners as we continue to work together to support this alliance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been an honor to serve as Co-Chair of this important association, and I look forward to joining together in Florida next year”.  -Virgil Miller, Chairman, SEUS Japan Association

What is SEUS-Japan?

Created in 1976 by former Georgia Governor George Busbee, the Southeast U.S.–Japan Association (SEUS-Japan) was established to promote trade, investment, understanding and friendship between Japan and the southeastern United States. Member states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and SEUS-Japan has a Japanese counterpart, the Japan-U.S. Southeast Association. Both memberships include top business leaders and government officials. An annual conference between the two associations is held on a rotational basis in Japan and the southeastern U.S. Each of the seven states serves as “Host and Co-Host State” for a two-year term and assumes leadership of SEUS-Japan during that period. The state of Georgia hosted the first annual joint meeting in Atlanta in 1976,and will host it again this year.


The 42nd Annual Joint Meeting at the Westin Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Georgia October 20-23, 2019, promotes business-to-business matchmaking, trade and investment and knowledge-sharing among the participants. For more information including registration, special tours Savannah and the program, please see


米国南東部日本協会 (米国側) と日本・米国南東部協会(日本側)は、日本と米国の加盟州間での貿易、投資、相互理解および友好関係の促進を目的として、1976年に設立され ました。現在、米国南東部日本協会にはアラバマ州、フロリダ州、ジョージア州、ミシシッピ州、ノースカロライナ州、サウスカロライナ州、テネシー州が加盟 する一方、日本側の日本・米国南東部協会には、日本のトップ企業のリーダーの方々や政府高官が会員となっております。日本と米国南東部間の長年の経済的、 文化的つながりを評価確認して開催されるこの重要なこの会合には、グローバルなビジネス界のリーダーが集まり、出席者間の情報交換と交流を深めるまたとない機会となっています。

日本と米国にあるこの両組織による合同会議は、年に一度 日本と米国側南東部加盟州内にて交互に開催されています。また米国側では7加盟州が交代で「ホスト州、準ホスト州」となり、2年の任期の間SEUS-Japanのリーダー役を務めます。年次合同会議には米国南東部日本協会の7加盟州から州知事、企業の社長およびCEO、経済開発分野やビジネス界のリーダーが集まり、毎年400-500 がこの会議に参加しています。会合ではビジネス界と、大使や総領事を含む政界のリーダー間でのミーティングが開催されるなど、日本と米国南東部間の経済関 係にとって非常に重要な会合となっています。

Recap of 2019 SEUS-Japan Meeting

October 2019 marked the 42nd SEUS-Japan conference, an annual event celebrating the longstanding diplomatic and economic ties between Japan and the Southeast United States. Since the inaugural event in 1976, SEUS-Japan has remained a hallmark of Southeast U.S.-Japan relations with hundreds of delegates convening each year to recognize the important relationship between the two regions. Georgia hosted this year’s conference, welcoming more than 430 delegates to the coastal city of Savannah.


The Japan-America Society of Georgia, Inc.

is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote

mutual understanding between the people of Japan

 and the state of Georgia 


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