Japan - Chicago Ties

Business Ties
  • There are an estimated 350 Japanese companies at 950 locations in greater Chicago including: Aeon, Astellas, Bridgestone, INX, NEC, Ricoh, Seven & I, Sony, Sumitomo and Sysmex
  • There are an estimated 100+ Chicago-area companies in Japan including: Abbott, Baxter, Hyatt, ITW, McDonald’s, Nalco and Panduit Spraying Systems
  • Japanese Consulate General in Chicago
  • CME Group and Osaka Securities Exchange announced a strategic partnership, 2011
  • Chicago-Osaka Sister City relationship
    • City of Osaka Vice Mayor delegation to Chicago commemorating 35th anniversary of Sister City relationship, 2008
  • There are 28 weekly nonstop departures from Chicago airports to destinations in Japan
  • An estimated 20,000 Japanese-Americans reside in the Chicago area, with 2,400 native born Japanese
Recent Expansions
  • Beam Suntory relocated its 450+ employees and global HQ to the Merchandise Mart, 2016
  • Uniqulio, 2nd largest US store, Chicago, 2015
  • DS Containers, new 300,000 sq. ft. distribution center in West Chicago, 2015
  • Sunstar Americas new 302,000 sq. ft. HQ and manufacturing facility in Schaumburg, 2015
  • Suntory acquired Beam, Inc. of Deerfield for $16 billion, 2014
  • Maruichi Leavitt Pipe & Tube, Chicago, 2014
  • Astellas Pharma US, Inc., new N. America HQ, 425,000 sq. ft. in Glenview, 2012 (Astellas Pharma Inc.)
  • TKI America, US HQ, relocation from Indianapolis to Schaumburg, 2012 (Tanaka Holdings Co.)
  • Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., training center in Aurora, 2012 (Toyota Motor Corporation)
  • Nomura Holdings, Chicago, 2012
  • Toshiba America Medical Systems, Vernon Hills, 2011 (Toshiba Medical Systems)
  • Toyo Ink America, LLC, Wood Dale, 2011 (Toyo Ink Group)
  • Ricoh Americas Corp., Bolingbrook, 2011 (Ricoh Company Ltd.)
  • Sysmex America Inc, Americas HQ, Lincolnshire, 2011 (Sysmex Corporation)
Total Trade, 2016: US $11.8 Billion
  • Total Imports to Illinois, 2016: US $9.8 billion
  • Top Import Categories, 2016: Aircraft, machinery parts, electric machinery, medical instruments and vehicles
  • Total Exports from Illinois, 2016: US $2.0 billion
  • Top Export Categories, 2016: Electric machinery, machinery parts, medical instruments, meat and miscellaneous chemicals