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.


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"JASI PPE Path Forward Campaign" in COVID-19

The Japan-America Society of Indiana always strives to be in-step with our members during challenging times, bringing together our statewide community in a meaningful way, and facilitating the sharing of resources and information.   JASI announces the “PPE Path Forward” Campaign to help provide assistance to first responders, medical facilities, and communities.  Businesses are asked to consider donations of “personal protective equipment” to help meet the critical need for these items, including  masks, protective goggles, isolation gowns, full length face shields, children’s health face masks, nitrile gloves, sanitizers, etc.   JASI’s campaign is structured in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Indiana National Guard. 

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COVID-19 Information for the Japanese Community in Indiana

Dear JASI Members and Friends:

To help provide service and support for our members and the Japanese community, JASI has complied information regarding the current COVID-19 situation.

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Indiana's Back on Track Information in Japanese
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As a community organization, we believe it is important to follow the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  In the interest of the health and safety of our staff, the Japan-America Society of Indiana will be working from home.  During this period we will continue to monitor and respond to emails remotely but our response time may be delayed.  Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,
The JASI Staff

JETRO Quick Business Surveys During COVID-19

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Japan Currents 2020 Report

The Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI) presented the "Japan Currents Symposium 2020" on Wednesday, February 26th, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Indianapolis.  The theme of the Symposium was “The Currents of Change and Innovation”, anticipating key developments for Japan and the U.S. in the coming year.  Change and challenge are forecasted for 2020, with the influence of the upcoming U.S. Presidential election; ongoing geopolitical challenges in security and trade; and the excitement of Japan hosting the Olympics; and new concerns about covid-19 impacting supply chains. 

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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.

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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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