About the Center

・Hideaki Kawachi, Executive Director
Hideaki joined Hyogo Prefectural government  in April 1982 and has been the director of HBCC since 2015.

He has served in managerial capacities upon graduating from Kobe University of Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies in 1998, including: the Director of Hong Kong Representative Office of  Hyogo Prefectural Government (April 2004 – March 2007); the Deputy Director of  the International Relations Division (April 2009 – March 2011).and the Director of Business Support Center in Tokyo  (April 2011 – March 2013);As Director of Business Support Center in Tokyo; as the Director of the International Economic Development  Division, overseeing  two groups  under the division:Overseas Development Group, Investment Promotion Group. Email




About the Center


October 22, 1963. Signed agreement on a sister state alliance between Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture and the United States of America’s Washington State.