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Southeast U.S.-Japan Association

The Southeast U.S.-Japan Association was established in 1976 to promote trade, investment, understanding and friendship between Japan and Southeast U.S. member states - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. SEUS-Japan has a Japanese counterpart, the Japan-U.S. Southeast Association.

The Southeast U.S.-Japan Conference is a prestigious gathering of global business leaders celebrating longstanding economic and cultural ties. Delegates from Japan and the seven southeastern U.S. member states come together to delve into global issues with new perspectives and to connect with peers and leaders from around the world. The annual conference between SEUS-Japan and the Japan-U.S. Southeast Association is held on a rotational basis in Japan and the southeastern U.S. with each of the seven states serving as host and co-host state for a two-year term.

This year’s Southeast-U.S. Association annual in-person conference, which had been scheduled to take place in Tokyo, was canceled due to the pandemic. The member states and Japan co-produced a video presentation in lieu of the event, which is now available for viewing at this link:


The video includes messages from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and governors of other member states and also features three Japanese companies with a significant presence in the Southeast U.S. Each of these companies has a very strong presence right here in Tennessee.

A message from Virgil Miller, Chairman for the U.S. side, regarding this year’s virtual programming:

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 2021 Annual Joint Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Southeast Association and the Southeast U.S./Japan Association. While we are 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.

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