| The first Chamber of Commerce and
Industry in Japan was established in March, 1878 in Tokyo. Chambers were
later set up in other cities, and in 1892 fifteen chambers gathered
together to form the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. This
organization was changed to the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(JCCI) in 1922.|
Today, nearly all of Japan's major cities have a chamber of commerce. The 517 (as of April 2007) Chambers of Commerce form a large-scale nationwide organization boasting 1.43 million members (as of March 2006).
Chambers in Japan are designated as corporations with special status. They are created and operated under a special government law called the Chambers of Commerce and Industry Law. Japanese Chambers of Commerce and Industry have the following characteristics: