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.


JASI GALA 2022 - September 21st

We're excited to invite you to the 2022 JASI GALA to be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. The JASI Gala is an exciting evening bringing together corporate and community leaders from across Indiana and the Midwest.

In Japan, the month of September is highlighted by Otsukimi, or the Viewing of the Harvest Moon. It evokes images of the bright full moon...and rabbits. JASI looks forward to gathering together under the glow of the briliant harvest moon to celebrate this great Japan-Indiana relationship at The Otsukimi Gala!

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Condolences to Japan on the Passing of Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

The members and friends of the Japan-America Society of Indiana join with the world in shock and devastation and in expressing deepest condolences to the people of Japan on the loss of Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. It is a tragedy beyond the imagination in a country centered in peace. Former Prime Minister Abe was one of Japan’s greatest leaders and diplomats. He was a supporter and friend of the Japan-America Societies, both in Japan and in the U.S. 

Shinzo Abe served as the Honorary President of the America-Japan Society in Tokyo. Below is an excerpt of the statement from Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, President of the America-Japan Society, Inc., shared by the National Association of Japan America Societies. 

“Our Honorary President Mr. Shinzo Abe was shot on the 8th of July and lost his life. Of course, such a thing should never have happened. He was the longest serving Prime Minister in the history of Japan. As Prime Minister, he strengthened Japan-US relations through national security legislation and the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy. He was one of the greatest leaders in our postwar history. We will all miss this shining star. May his soul rest peacefully in heaven.” 

We join with our friends in Japan in sharing this loss and heartbreak. 

インディアナ日米協会の会員や友人は安倍晋三元首相の死去に対し、皆様と同じく大変ショックと衝撃を受けており、そして日本の人々に深い哀悼の意を表します。日本のような平和を中心とした国で想像を絶する悲劇が起こりました。安倍元首相は日本を代表する指導者であり、外交官でありました。また日米両国の日米協会の支持者であり良き友人でもありました。

近年では、安倍晋三氏は東京の日米協会の名誉会長を務められました。以下、全米日米協会よりシェアされた、日米協会会長・藤崎一郎大使の声明の一部抜粋です。

「安倍名誉会長が7月8日選挙支援演説中狙撃され落命されました。

あってはならないことが起きてしまいました。

安倍総理は歴代最長期間、総理大臣を務めました。その間、安保法制、インド太平洋戦略などを通じ、日米関係強化に努め実績を残しました。戦後史に輝く大政治家でした。

安倍名誉会長のご冥福を心よりお祈りします。

一般社団法人日米協会

会長 藤崎一郎」

私たちは、この悲報における心の痛みと悲しみを日本の友人と分かち合います


Shoko Schutte Memorial

We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our dearest friends and volunteers, Shoko Schutte. Shoko Sensei was a bright light, beloved by many. We will deeply miss her generous spirit, incredible sense of humor, her welcoming hospitality and understanding of people, and her ability to bring joy and laughter to any situation. Shoko had a gifted creative spirit and an extraordinary talent which shone through the fine arts, ceramics, calligraphy, paper arts, flower arranging, gardening, and music.

Shoko-san was the recipient of JASI’s Bridge of Friendship Award in 2018. We have always appreciated her years of tireless effort in promoting and strengthening the Japan/Indiana relationship, whether it was through her art, her volunteering spirit, or simply her warm smile.

View Obituary and Video of Shoko and Sho-Arts Studio: https://www.arnmortuary.com/obituary/Teruko-Schutte

The Japan-America Society of Indiana is humbled to serve as the recipient of contributions honoring Shoko’s life’s work of sharing culture through friendship and art. If you wish to contribute, please visit: https://japanindiana.wufoo.com/forms/shoko-schutte-memorial-contributions/


JASI's "Oishii Indiana"!

The Japan-America Society of Indiana's new restaurant series, "Oishii Indiana", travels around Indiana visiting some of the best and most authentic Japanese restaurants in the state.  Enjoy "touring" a new restaurant each week!  The short videos will include interviews with the owners and chefs, the chef's demo of a popular dish, and live comments from customers. The new online series is made possible with support from the GEN-J program, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, and Japan-America Society of Indiana, with professional support from Monumental Productions. "Oishii Indiana" will help you discover the best of Japanese cuisine in Indiana!

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JASI’s online series is made possible with support from the GEN-J program, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, and Japan-America Society of Indiana, with professional support from Monumental Productions. "Oishii Indiana" will help you discover the best of Japanese cuisine in Indiana! 


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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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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