Tennessee-Japan Forum 


More details about these virtual events and how to register will be available this week. We hope you will be able to join us for these special JAST virtual events in March!


Member Spotlight - Nissan


In 2020, Nissan rose to a number of challenges faced by Middle Tennessee neighbors in need.

Nissan used a portion of its $60,000 2020 Nissan/Lipscomb BisonBots Robotics Camps donation to help more than ten Lipscomb University engineering students complete their degrees. “The COVID-19 pandemic created economic uncertainty for many students,” said Parul Bajaj, Nissan’s Senior Manager of Philanthropy. “Our commitment to education is strong regardless of the form it takes for students.”

To address the unprecedented level of food insecurity, Nissan doubled annual funding to local food banks in Middle Tennessee and Mississippi. Nissan has been a supporter of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee for almost 30 years, donating a total of nearly $1.7 million and five vehicles valued at more than $100,000. Nissan employees regularly volunteer at Second Harvest’s warehouses in Nashville and Smyrna.

Nissan donated headbands and face shields to help frontline healthcare workers in their fight against COVID-19. Using their manufacturing and engineering expertise and 3D printers, Nissan made more than 100,000 headbands and face shields at the Smyrna Plant and Decherd Powertrain Assembly Plant. Parul Bajaj says Nissan is proud to be in Tennessee and to be able to help local healthcare workers by tapping into their spirit of innovation.

We are proud that Nissan is in Tennessee, too, and we are very grateful for Nissan’s longtime, sustaining support of the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival and our other Signature Events. JAST is one of many non-profits in Tennessee generously supported by Nissan.


From left to right: Dick Brown, Second Harvest; Parul Bajaj, Nissan; Shawn Williams, Nissan; Nancy Keil, Second Harvest; Denise Muniz, Second Harvest


The JAST Retrospective: 20 Years of Service 


The JAST Retrospective is presented as a recollection – using brief narrative and photographic references – of the people and ideas that have shaped JAST’s identity, impact, and resilience over the last two decades. Further, it charts the Society’s efforts to uphold the legacy of catalysts, founders, and supporters, while adapting to realities of a continuously changing world. Above all, it celebrates every remarkable individual who has given of their time, resources, and expertise to advance the evolution of our mission and guide the way ahead.

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This project was generously funded by


Belmont University Awarded Japanese Foreign Minister’s Certificate of Commendation


At a ceremony on February 10th, Kayoko Fukushima, Consul-General of Japan in Nashville, presented the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Certificate of Commendation to Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher. This award was conferred upon Belmont University in recognition of the school’s contribution to promoting Japan and strengthening mutual understanding between Japan and the United States. Belmont was the only American university to receive the award this year.



Pictured from Left to Right: Dr. Bryce Sullivan, Dean of the Belmont College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Mr. Tye Ebel, Japan English Teaching and Monbukagakusho Scholarship Coordinator, Dr. Bob Fisher, President of Belmont University, The Honorable Kayoko Fukushima, Consul-General of Japan in Nashville, Dr. Thomas Burns, Belmont University Provost, The Honorable Masaki Kawaguchi, Deputy Consul-General of Japan in Nashville and The Honorable Shoko Matsuoka, Consul for Culture and Information Section


Consulate-General of Japan In Nashville

Special Tohoku Bento Collaboration 


This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville has teamed up with Zen-Noh America and the Japanese catering company “J Bento Box” in Los Angeles to create lunch boxes made from Tohoku Wagyu beef, salmon from Miyagi, and rice from Akita, Japan. The Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville hopes that this project will contribute to the reconstruction of the Tohoku region as a sign of friendly relations between Japan and the United States.

Special Promotion period: February 15th to March 14th

How to order: Go to https://jbentobox.com/ and select Spring special “Michinoku” Ju Series.

Free shipping: Set of 6 bento boxes are freshly frozen and delivered via FedEx.


Welcome JAST New Members


Core IT Solutions, Inc, located in a Chicago suburb, has been serving the IT needs of Japanese companies in the USA for over 25 years, including inventory and manufacturing management used by many Japanese auto part suppliers.


Plante Moran is one of the nation's largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with financial, human capital, operations, strategy, technology, and wealth management services.

Full JAST Corporate And Organization Members List Here

Upcoming NAJAS Events


You are also invited to attend these virtual events:


Japan Language Festival 

March 6, 2021 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM PST


In partnership with The Hyogo Business and Culture Center, the Japan-America Society of the State Washington will present the finalists of the of the 38th Annual Washington State Japanese Speech and Skit Contest and announce winners! The event will also include a trivia quiz and a presentation about the JET Program.


The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami devastated large areas of the Pacific coastal areas in Japan’s Tohoku region. This catastrophe resulted in thousands of deaths, the displacement of entire communities, and a lasting memory in the history of northeast Japan. However, Japanese society and its people are also remarkable in their ability to rebound, rebuild, and recover. Join the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Ft. Worth for this special conversation with representatives from Fukushima, Iwate, and Miyagi Prefectures on the progress made in Tohoku since 2011. The conversation will include reconstructing physical infrastructure, attracting economic activity to the region, debunking myths about disaster-afflicted areas, providing social services for those still in need, and ensuring a prosperous future for Tohoku through community building and grassroots organizations.


Guide to Daily Living in Tennessee 


JAST's Guide to Daily Living in Tennessee is now available! It's for newcomers and long-time residents originally from Japan to familiarize them with essential information on aspects of daily life that may differ from life in Japan and other parts of the world where they may have lived before relocating to Tennessee. Please let your Japanese friends know about this guide. We hope this will be helpful to our Japanese community!


Partner Resources COVID-19 

JAST is generously supported by these outstanding partners


Austin Peay State University

Baker Donelson

BB&T now Truist

Jack and Barbara Bovender

DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.

Humanities Tennessee

Clay and Cathy Jackson

Komatsu America Corp.

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation 


Office: +1 615-663-6060