Japan-AMerica Society of TenneSseE
Established in 2000 to promote friendly relations and cultural understanding between the people of the state of Tennessee and Japan, the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc. (JAST) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, funded by individual and corporate membership fees and grants from government institutions and private foundations. Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Society are The Honorable Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee and The Honorable Yoichi Matsumoto, Consul-General of Japan in Nashville.
Headquartered in Nashville, JAST’s mission is to strengthen a vibrant bilateral economic future for Tennessee and Japan by building upon long-standing relationships and promoting mutual understanding and cultural awareness among Japanese and American communities in Tennessee.
Membership support drives our work to create mutual economic benefit by increasing connections to and support for Japan’s vital contributions in our state. JAST members receive invitations and discounts for business, cultural, educational and social events and gain access to a unique environment for cementing business relationships with members of the Japanese and American communities beyond the boardroom.
Events & Programs
JAST business, cultural and educational experiences are planned to engage, connect and inspire. Highlights include our Signature Events - Memphis Japan Festival, Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, Tennessee-Japan Forum and Women’s Leadership Forum & Networking Luncheon. Occasional gatherings include regional seminars, lectures, exhibitions, golf tournaments and other social and networking events.