Womble Bond Dickinson Partner Masami Tyson has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC). USJC is an invitation-only organization devoted to improving U.S.-Japan relations. Its membership includes top leaders from the business, political, sports and entertainment sectors, as well as diplomats working in both nations.

Tyson joined USJC in 2019, and she is the founding Chair of the Shin-Issei Affinity Group and has worked to build the organization’s membership and raise visibility of the Southeast in U.S.-Japan related opportunities. Her other USJC activities have included organizing several Women’s Leadership panel discussions, being selected to attend Consul General/Japanese American Dialogues in Washington, DC, in 2019 and 2020, and serving on the organization’s Program Committee. 

At Womble Bond Dickinson, she guides global companies, particularly Japanese companies, that wish to do business in the U.S. Tyson is building Womble Bond Dickinson’s Japan Practice, and she provides Japanese and global businesses with a wide range of business, legal, and economic development counsel, including helping clients with understanding the process of setting up operations in the U.S. She has vast experience in structuring and negotiating complex contracts and general corporate matters in either Japanese or English.

The U.S.-Japan Council develops and connects global leaders to create a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship. It is an organization whose members believe people-to-people relationships are a powerful way to bring together leaders in the U.S. and Japan to address and create solutions to mutual concerns. USJC is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit educational organization that was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Washington, DC with staff in California, Hawaii and Tokyo.

Also, click here to read an op-ed Tyson previously wrote for USJC on her role as a Shin-Issei and a first-generation Japanese American.