Japan-US Relations


I. Japanese Residents in Florida

The number of Japanese nationals in Florida is increasing. As of April 2016, over 9,600 Japanese were registered at the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. According to the 2010 official census, there were 13,224 people of Japanese descent living in Florida.

II. Trade

Japan is one of Florida’s top trading partners and trade between the regions is steadily increasing. Top imported merchandise from Japan to Florida includes vehicles and machinery, while top exported merchandise from Florida to Japan are citrus fruit and fertilizers. Japan is the 19th leading destination of Florida-origin exports.


Florida’s Leading Trade Partners, 2015
(billions of dollars)

1. Brazil
2. China
3 Colombia
4. Japan
5. Chile
6. Dominican Republic
7. Mexico
8. Honduras
9. Germany
10. Peru

Source: Enterprise Florida


Florida's Trade with Japan

(millions of dollars)
2015 6,405 559
2014 5,844 587
2013 6,240 641
2012 6,722 596
2011 5,650 673

Source: Enterprise Florida

III. Japanese Companies in Florida

Japanese companies play an important role in Florida's economy. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, in 2013 there were over 194 Japanese companies directly creating over 25,900 jobs in Florida. Recently, Florida has witnessed an increase of Japanese investments. Japanese companies are predominantly present in industries of wholesale trade, manufacturing, and services including tourism. In addition, Japan's brand products in wide-ranging fields, are transported, sold and repaired extensively by many Floridians engaged in various sectors, thus contributing to job expansion in the state of Florida.  A list of Japanese companies operationg in Florida can be found at the following webpage from Enterprise Florida.


Japanese Investment in Florida

(billions of current dollars)
2008 4.1
2007 4.2
2006 3.8
2005 3.0

Source: Enterprise Florida


Japanese Affiliated Employment in Florida

(thousand employees)

2013 25.9
2012 21.8
2011 21.7
2010 20.6
Source: Enterprise Florida


IV. Floridian Companies in Japan

With the easing of regulations, many Florida companies are successfully doing business in Japan. Florida companies are finding opportunities in areas such as advanced technology, food, hardware and other industries. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) can assist companies interested in doing business in Japan.


Select Florida Companies in Japan

Citrix Systems
Sports Authority
Burger King
Office Depot
Outback Steakhouse
Red Lobster
Tony Romas
Hard Rock Cafe


V. SEUS-Japan

Southeast U.S.-Japan joint meetings have been held every year since 1976, alternating the meeting sites between Japan and the Southeastern United States. Please click here for more information on the Florida Delegation, SOUTHEAST U.S./ JAPAN Association, Inc.


VI. Tourism

Accordings to VisitFlorida.com, 278,000 Japanese tourists visited Florida in 2012.

Number of Japanese Tourists to Florida

2012 278,000
2011 267,000
2010 241,000
2009 174,000
2008 150,000

VII. Culture

There is a significant amount of cultural exchange between Florida and Japan. In 2016, 45 young college graduates from Florida participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program to teach English in Japanese schools. There are ten sister-city relationships and one sister-state relationship between Florida and Japan which promote friendship through exchange programs and other activities. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in Florida, with rotating exhibitions in its galleries, tea ceremonies performed monthly in its Seishin-an tea house, an educational outreach program with local schools and organizations, and Japanese traditional festivals celebrated for the public several times a year.
Florida – Japan Sister State / Cities / Parks
Region in Japan Region in US Relationship Date Established
Wakayama Florida Sister States Oct. 4, 1995
Fujisawa Miami Beach Sister Cities Mar. 5, 1959
Gero (formerly Hagiwara) Pensacola Sister Cities Mar. 27, 1998
Kagoshima Miami Sister Cities May 24, 1990
Imabari Lakeland Sister Cities July 6, 1995
Miyazu Delray Beach Sister Cities Sept. 29, 1977
Nagano Clearwater Sister Cities Mar. 14, 1959
Takamatsu St. Petersburg Sister Cities Oct. 2, 1961
(formerly Tosayamada)
Largo Sister Cities July 1969
Urayasu Orlando Sister Cities Oct. 23, 1989
Sapporo Park Miami Sister Parks