the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce
The Japanese American Chamber of Commerce (JACC) of Washington
State is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded
in 1992 by current Chairman, Scott Oki and the late Taul
Watanabe. Our mission is to promote increased understanding
of Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage.
We do this by encouraging and nurturing leadership and collaboration
while promoting values of integrity, excellence and entrepreneurship.
JACC is primarily volunteer-driven and encourages projects
that grow into self-sustaining concerns that benefit the
community. We believe the startup and nurturing of successful
projects foster vibrant leaders in the community. We attract
successful, forward-looking individuals who like to work
with others on projects. We also raise funds to benefit
the good works of other nonprofit organizations.
projects of the JACC include the Executive Development Institute
(EDI), a program to help advance Asian Americans into leadership
positions in large public and private institutions; and
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, an educational
organization that preserves the personal testimonies of
Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War
II. EDI and Densho are both thriving nonprofit 501(c)(3)
organizations being led by committed leaders.