Member Spotlight

Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.


Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. (Mitsui USA) has been an active member and outstanding supporter of JAST since its founding in 2000. Mitsui USA sponsors the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, the Women’s Leadership Forum and Networking Luncheon, and other Middle Tennessee JAST events. Mike Fedele, VP, GM, is a dedicated board member and currently serves as the Treasurer of JAST’s Board of Directors.

Mitsui USA, established in 1966, is the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo’s Mitsui & Co., LTD, a diverse global trading, investment, and service enterprise. In addition to the traditional trading company business, Mitsui USA engages in business investment, project development and management, and capital goods leasing and technology transfer. The company utilizes its unique business engineering capabilities to develop new business models aimed at improving existing business process and generating new opportunities, and is committed to sustainable growth and corporate citizenship. Operations are guided by its distinctive Corporate Social Responsibility policy, which emphasizes environmental and social accountability and respect for stakeholders and the community.



The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. for active, social contribution programs in communities where the company does business. Established in 1987, it currently supports more than 50 initiatives across the U.S. in the areas of education, community welfare, arts & culture, employee matching and volunteerism with special emphasis on international education and U.S.-Japan exchanges. More than 50% of its grants target education primarily for college level scholarships, study abroad, forums and Japan research.

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation founded and supports The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation Scholarships in Tennessee Program and contributes generously to regional programs, including the Tennessee Area Japanese Speech Contest, the Memphis Japan Festival and The Mitsui Lecture Series, debuting with the first scheduled virtual forum on August 31st.

JAST is very thankful to Mitsui USA and The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation for their amazing support! For more information about Mitsui USA and The Mitsui U.S.A Foundation, please visit website.


Join us for the first session of The Mitsui Lecture Series, thought-provoking programming highlighting Japan’s footprint around the world and its contributions to Tennessee’s prosperity over the last forty years.

On August 31st, top-notch IT executives from Bridgestone Americas, Greater Nashville Technology Council, Nissan and NTT DATA will come together to exchange views and share their knowledge about the use of technology by local manufacturers and healthcare companies to serve their customers and grow business. Japanese companies are investing in technology innovation that powers Nashville’s economic development.

With a special welcome to everyone from Lori Odom, JAST Board Secretary and VP, International Business, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Register now. Space is limited for this unique and informative event.

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The 2021 Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation Scholarships in Tennessee Program


From left to right: Jonathan Bailey, Leanna Harmon, Emily Kell, and Emma Miller


We are excited to introduce the four outstanding Tennessee high school seniors selected for The 2021 Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation Scholarships in Tennessee Program. They will all be attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Jonathan Bailey - Crossville

Leanna Harmon - Ooltewah

Emily Kell - Goodlettsville 

Emma Miller - Knoxville 

Now in its 18th year, The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation Scholarships in Tennessee Program was established by The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation to provide educational opportunities to college-bound high school seniors and to promote cross-cultural understanding between Japan and Tennessee. The scholarship program is administered by Japan-America Society of Tennessee.

Scholarship recipients are selected by the Scholarship Review Committee on the basis of academic merit, aptitude for foreign language study, extra-curricular activities, community involvement and leadership. The Review Committee also looks for a multi-cultural and international personal and/or career interest. Four $5000 freshman-year scholarships are awarded to the selected applicants enrolling in a four-year Tennessee public college or university.

JAST joins The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation in congratulating these exceptional, globally-minded students and wishing them much success in college and in their chosen careers.


Trivia of the Month


Test your knowledge of Japan! 


Tokyo is Japan’s most populous city with over 9.7 million people calling it home. What is the second largest city in Japan?  

A) Osaka 

B) Yokohama 

C) Kyoto 

D) Nagoya 

Answer Here

JAST Pick - Dr. Stone


The JAST Pick for August is Dr. Stone. The story follows teenage scientific genius Senku Ishigami, who plans to rebuild civilization after almost all of humanity was mysteriously petrified for 3,700 years. This anime is full of witty characters who use the power of science to rebuild the world from zero. Watch as they use natural materials to make things like fire, cellphones, and Stone Age ramen. Interestingly an ex-MythBuster has confirmed the scientific accuracy of some of these endeavors. Remember though, don’t try these tricks at home! You can catch Dr. Stone on Crunchyroll.


Upcoming NAJAS Events


The United States and Japan, two of the five International Space Station principals, continue to work together on exploring the final frontier. In a program presented by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, esteemed speakers from the U.S. and Japan will dive deep into the evolving landscape of historic and startup space industries, the business factors playing into current space exploration, the government policies affecting space regulations, and the benefits of U.S.-Japan joint research.

JapanFest Atlanta

September 18 & 19, 2021 



Dr. Hou-mei Sung, Curator of East Asian Art at the Cincinnati Art Museum, will be featured in a program about Japonisme in Cincinnati in the late 19th Century. Dr. Sung has held a variety of research and teaching positions in museum and academic fields in Asia and throughout the United States. She has also organized over ten special exhibitions and written nearly sixty publications, including Masterpieces of Japan.


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

Jack and Barbara Bovender

DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.

Clay and Cathy Jackson

Humanities Tennessee

Komatsu America Corp.

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation 


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