Welcome to the Japan-America Society of Indiana

The Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI) is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization whose mission is to serve as a bridge of friendship between the people of Indiana and Japan. The Society is supported by a diverse membership of individuals, families, businesses and academic institutions.

Japan Currents Symposium 2020

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

12:00 - Luncheon
1:30 - Speaker Sessions
5:00 - Networking Reception

The Japan-America Society of Indiana will present the "Japan Currents Symposium 2020" on Wednesday, February 26th, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.  The program is presented in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies and the Embassy of Japan.   

Now in its ninth year, the Japan Currents Symposium has become a signature event in the Midwest, providing a business, economic and international relations outlook for the year with discussion of developments for Japan and Indiana, as well as key issues for the Japan-U.S. relationship in Asia.   The program draws business, community, government, and economic development leaders from throughout the state and region.

For more information as well as a link to registration, click here.

An Evening with Daiko Matsuyama

Thursday, February 27th
Presentation: 7:00 PM
Followed by Reception

Marian University
Michael A. Evans Center, Room 150
3200 Cold Spring Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46222

Due to limited seating,
registration is requested.
Cost: Free

“The Importance of Interfaith Dialogue and Learning,
and How Christianity Has Influenced My Life”

An Evening with Zen Buddhist Priest, Daiko Matsuyama

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Launch Japan Career Day Recap

With more than 230 students / job seekers and 50 corporate and organizational representatives; JASI's inaugural "Launch Japan" Career Day was a big success!  This first state-wide initiative welcomed broad participation from the businesses and organizations representing the large footprint of "Japan in Indiana", connected and inspired students and bilingual individuals, and addressed workforce needs in a new way.

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JASI Culture Center - Capital Campaign

We are delighted to announce the construction of a JASI Japan Culture Center in the Union Station building, an historic landmark in downtown Indianapolis!  With a prominent, front-of-building location, and a Japanese architectural design, the new Japan Culture Center will bring the “Japan brand” front and center to the State and City.  It will allow JASI to greatly expand its offerings, providing a venue for tea ceremonies, classes, cultural workshops, training, meetings, and receptions.  

Improving JASI’s physical space has been a goal for nearly ten years.  With these objectives, the JASI Board of Directors has set forth a first-ever Capital Campaign to fund the completion of construction and to provide a reserve fund for future enhancements.

For more information and for donor opportunities, click here.

JASI Mentioned in Nikkei Article by Mitoji Yabunaka

Nikkei Newspaper Evening Edition published an article by Mitoji Yabunaka about the Indiana-Japan relationship and that mentions JASI.  Mr. Yabunaka was Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese Government and served as the Consul-General of Japan in Chicago from 1998 to 2002. 

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Conferral of The Order of the Rising Sun,
Gold and Silver Rays Upon Ms. Theresa A. Kulczak

On November 3, 2016 (Japan Time), the Government of Japan announced the recipients of the 2016 Autumn Imperial Decorations.  Among the 96 foreign recipients is Ms. Theresa A. Kulczak, Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Indiana.  She will receive The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays in recognition of her significant contribution to promoting friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.  The prestigious decoration is conferred by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.

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