Join widely recognized Japanese and U.S. experts as they lead a discussion about the U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship and geo-strategic issues in Asia and how they affect the U.S. and Japan.
March 4th, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. CST
Getting to Know You: Japanese Perspectives on Life in Tennessee
A Virtual Event
Join us for a regional roundtable discussion (conducted entirely in Japanese) as longstanding Japanese community leaders and representatives of Japanese-focused regional organizations in Tennessee share their respective experiences as state residents.
Hear candid insights from these experienced "Tennessee hands" as JAST explores how local Tennessee communities may better support current and future Japanese companies and residents and celebrates the many positive benefits that a vibrant Japanese community brings to our state.
Joining host Mari Yamamoto, JAST Manager, Japanese Community Outreach and Support Services, are panelists:
Mrs. Kumi Alderman
Asian Culture Center of Tennessee in Knoxville
Mr. Koji Sato
Vice President, Unipres U.S.A., Inc.
Representing the Middle Tennessee Japan Society
Mr. Kanzi Takayama
Japanese Investment Specialist, Sperry CGA
Representing the Japanese Traders and Manufacturers Association of Memphis
Note: This event will be conducted in Japanese only and is free of charge.
Advance registration is required.
March 9th, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. CST
Getting to Know You: Tennessee-Japan Sister Cities
A Virtual Event
Join Host Madeline Adams for a roundtable conversation with leaders of Tennessee Sister Cities organizations with Japanese “twins”.
City of Athens Friendly City Sister Cities Committee
Sister Cities Mikawa McMinnville
Sister Cities of Nashville
The Town of Smyrna Sister City Committee
Tsuru-Hendersonville Friendship Committee
Learn about the unique histories, successful initiatives, and future plans of these linked city pairs as JAST shines the spotlight on community activists and volunteers with a passion for strengthening partnerships at the grassroots level.
This event is free of charge, and all are welcome. Advance registration is required. Please share with friends, colleagues, family members and clients!
March 11th, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. CST
Tennessee-Japan Forum: JAST Annual Meeting
A Virtual Event
"Perspectives on Resilience and Revival: The Future of Japan - U.S. Relations & Expanding Tennessee's Reach"
JAST welcomes Honorary Co-chairs Consul-General of Japan in Nashville Mrs. Kayoko Fukushima and The Honorable Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee, with The Honorable Bill Hagerty, U.S. Senator for Tennessee, to address the state's Japan-connected community in our first ever virtual-format Annual Meeting.
A panel discussion with Host Peter Kelley, President of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, and trusted JAST allies engaged in fostering U.S.-Japan relations will also be featured. Panelists will include Jim Gannon, Executive Director, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) and Masaya Shimoyama, Director, The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, New York.
This event is free of charge and open to everyone, but advance registration is required. Both pre-recorded and live presentations by guest speakers will be featured. Please share with friends, colleagues, family and clients.
This event is part of the Japan Currents national series and is presented in partnership with the National Association of Japan-America Societies and the Embassy of Japan.