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  NAJAS is providing speakers and support for cultural programs to Japan-America Societies for public and membership events. Funding came from several sources, which along with NAJAS, recognize the importance of offering high quality programming to our members. We appreciate the support and availability of the speakers and the generosity of the funding organizations.  
       
       

  Programs in 2016

2016 Sponsors

     
 
Business Program Speakers:
March 26, Lily Eubanks, Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida
March 26, Kenji Asakura, Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
Jan. 15, Louise Cort, Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado
 
Cultural Event Presenters:
March 30, Rochelle Kopp, Japan-America Society of Tennessee
March 29, Ira Shapiro, Japan Society of Northern California
Feb. 19, Sean McAlinden and Tohru Sasaki, Japan-America Society of Indiana
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  Programs in 2015

2015 Sponsors

     
 
Business Program Speakers:
June 11, Ira Shapiro, Japan-America Society of Chicago
April 21, Kent Calder at Japan America Society of Houston
March 12, Shihoko Goto at Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc.
 
Cultural Event Presenters:
Sept. 26, Yuki Kokubo, Japan-America Society of San Antonio
March 18, Debra Samuels, Japan America Society of New Mexico, Inc.

March 7, Andy Anderson, Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati

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  Programs in 2014

2014 Sponsors

     
 
Annual Dinner/Bonenkai Speakers:
Dec. 11, Glen Fukushima at The Japan America Society of Georgia
Nov. 20, William Farrell at Japan Society of New Orleans
 
Cultural Event Presenters:
Oct.18, Edward Lincoln, Corporate Series speaker
CGP
     

  Programs in 2013

2013 Sponsors

     
 
Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc.
Oct.29, Patricia Pringle, Annual Dinner speaker
 
Japan-America Society of Oregon
Oct.18, Edward Lincoln, Corporate Series speaker
 
Japan-America Society of Chicago, Inc.
Oct.16, Margi Preus, "Heart of a Samurai" book talk
 
Japan-America Society of Chicago, Inc.
Suzanne Basalla, TOMODACHI presentation speaker
 
The Japan-America Society of Georgia
Sep. 11, Ira Shapiro, JASG Annual Dinner speaker
 
Japan Society of Northern California
Aug. 26, Roland Kelts, Japan Expo speaker
 
Japan America Society of Minnesota
July 24, Rochelle Kopp, Corporate Roundtable speaker
 
The Japan America Society of Alabama
May 15, Glen Fukushima, Annual Dinner speaker
 
Japan/America Society of Kentucky
May 5, Dewey and Tsukamoto, Kentucky Derby Event performers
 
Japan Society of Northern California
Apr. 17, Daiei Matsui, "Black Ship scrolls" speaker
 
Japan-America Society of Greater Austin
Feb 24, Atsushi Ogata, Movie showing & director talk
 
The Japan-America Society of Houston
Feb 23, Atsushi Ogata, Movie showing & director talk
 
Japan-America Society of San Antonio
Feb 22, Atsushi Ogata, Movie showing & director talk
 
Japan Society, Inc.
Feb 21, Lawrence Kushi, Chef Edwin Bellanco, Miso-related presentation
 
Japan America Society of Minnesota
Feb 20, Glen Fukushima, Public Lecture speaker
 
Japan America Society of St. Louis
Jan 31, Glen Fukushima, Public lecture speaker
 
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana
Jan 17, James Zumwalt, Board member briefing speaker
CGP
     

  Programs in 2012  

2012 Sponsors

       
 
New York: Japan Society, Inc. December 8
Concert: Nobuyuki Hanabusa, concert Motionographer, appeared at Japan Society, Inc.
 
Pittsburgh: JASP, November 29
Speaker: Dr. William Farrell, Chairman of the Board of NAJAS spoke at JASP and gave a presentation entitled "From Black Ships to a Black President," covering the US-Japan relationship since 1868. A public lecture sponsored by JASP was held at University of Pittsburgh.
 
Philadelphia: JASGP, November 7
Speaker: Seiei Ono, President, Mitsubishi Inc. spoke at the 2012 JASGP Annual Dinner.
 
Cincinnati, JASGC, October 27
Speaker: Koichi Wakata, an astronaut from JAXA, spoke at JASGC's Annual Dinner.
 
Chicago: JASC, June 25
Speaker: Ambassador Rust Deming spoke at the 2012 JAS Chicago Annual Dinner, having been introduced to the JAS at the 2011 NAJAS Annual Meeting.
 
Cincinnati, JASGC, April 27 and Kentucky, JASK, April 28
Demonstrations: Two sumo wrestlers from Japan gave public demonstrations of sumo in Cincinnati and Kentucky.
 
CGP
       

  Programs in 2011  

2011 Sponsors

       
 
San Francisco, JSNC, November 29
Speaker: KAJI Maki - founder of Sudoku, President of Nikoli, Inc.
Kaji-san appeared at San Francisco and gave demonstrations of Sudoku at the Herbert Hoover Elementary School, which JSNC has adopted.
 
Pensacola: JASNWF, October 28
Speaker: Dr. William Farrell - Chairman of the Board of NAJAS
Bill Farrell spoke at JASNWF's annual dinner and gave a presentation entitled "From Black Ships to a Black President", covering the US-Japan relationship since 1868 in a public lecture sponsored by JASNWF.
 
Southern California: JASSC, June 7
Speakers: Dr. Edward Lincoln of The George Washington University, Daniel Bob of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, Dr. Satu Limaye of the East-West Center in Washington, Dr. Nancy Sidhu of Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Kappei Morishita of Panasonic R&D Company of America and William McMorrow of Kennedy Wilson.
JASSC organized a successful business-oriented event, combining local and national impact of Japanese investment, under the title "Japan Matters: Japan's Positive Impact on the Economy of Southern California" and introducing "Japan Matters" content developed by the East-West Center.
 
Dallas: JASDFW, May 11
Speaker: KAJI Maki - founder of Sudoku, President of Nikoli, Inc.
Kaji-san appeared at San Francisco and gave demonstrations of Sudoku at the Herbert Hoover Elementary School, which JSNC has adopted. He also visited schools and spoke at JASDFW-organized events in Dallas on May 11.
 
San Francisco: JSNC, March 1
Speaker: Dr. Kent Calder of Johns Hopkins University
Kent Calder discussed his recent books at a members event sponsored by JSNC.
 
CGP
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National Forum Series II:
 
-Cincinnati, OH in January 2011
 
-Lexington, KY in December 2010
 
-Seattle, WA in November 2010
 
-Toronto, West Michigan & Minneapolis in November 2009
 
Series II Sponsor
       

 
National Forum Series I:
 
-Columbus and Cincinnati, OH in October 2009
 
-Kansas City, Colorado Springs and Denver in April 2009
 
-Jackson, Birmingham and Nashville in November 2008
 
-Minneapolis, Cincinnati and Indianapolis in October 2007
 
-San Diego and Los Angeles in February/March 2007
 
 
 
 
Series I Sponsors
CGP
Embassy of Japan
Keidanren USA
Toyota
       

     
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