Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
    Win a roundtrip Seattle-Kansai ticket on Delta Air Lines! One winner will be selected from the attendees of both events and notified March 1. Don't miss out on a chance to travel on the new non-stop route! 

    Japan Update Series: 
    Updates on Japan and Washington State

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Bellevue City Hall, Council Chambers 

    We are proud to have Dr. Toru Mihara and Dr. Satu Limaye provide an update on the developments in Washington State and Japan's relationship.

    Our seminar topics are the following: 

    Integrated Resorts

    On July 20, the Japanese government completed their legislative project to bring casinos to Japan, facing down political and public opposition.  The Integrated Resorts Implementation Bill was voted into law by the upper house of parliament squeaking in ahead of the end of the Diet Session that concluded two days later.  Professor Mihara, was one of eight people on Prime Minister Abe’s IR committee and will speak to the economic impact and huge opportunities for Japan and U.S. businesses. 

    Japan Matters in Washington State

    The latest data on the influence of Japanese trade within Washington State will be the topic of Japan Matters in Washington State. The East West Center in Washington, D.C. has refreshed their data for Washington State.  Dr. Satu Limaye, can also speak to Japan’s changing role with the U.S. and within Asia in addition to speaking to Japanese business locally.

    About the speakers:

    Dr. Toru Mihara is the director of the Center for Amusement Industry Studies at the Osaka University of Commerce. He helped draft the legislature that legalized integrated resorts in Japan this year. 

    Dr. Satu Limaye is Director of the East-West Center in Washington. He is also a Senior Advisor at the CNA Corporation, a non-profit research and analysis organization located in Arlington, VA. He is the creator and director of the Asia Matters for America initiative, an interactive resource for credible, non-partisan information, graphics, analysis and news on US-Asia Pacific relations and the national, state and local levels; Founding Editor of the Asia-Pacific Bulletin series, an editor of the journal Global Asia and on the international advisory council of the journal Contemporary Southeast Asia.

    All members of the Society are invited to attend the lecture at no additional cost! If you are not already a member, sign-up today to enjoy our great benefits detailed here.

    Leading Sponsors

    Regular Sponsors:

    In partnership with  

    • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Lane Powell PC, 1420 5th Ave #4200 Seattle


    Integrated Resorts:

    カジノをめぐるビジネスチャンス- Myth & Reality

    Wednesday, February 27
    3:30-5:30 pm, Lane Powell Seattle


    昨年日本で成立したIR実施法(統合型リゾート法)は、期待される経済効果と共に、国民感情としては 大きな懸念もあることが、国会での議論、マスコミ報道、世論調査等で喧伝されました。マスコミは否定的な論調が目立ちますが、国の政策の在り方はどうなのか、 20年に亘る立法過程の経緯、政治と行政の絡み方、国と地方の関係等この法律が投げかけた日本を変える政策の在り方につき、世の中には知られていない事実を含み解説します

    JASSW 会員(学生会員を含む): No Charge
    非会員:$15 (学生:$5)

    講演者は立法府と 20年に亘り、この立法に関与し、現在総理の諮問機関である特定複合観光施設区域整備推進会議の委員である大阪商業大学公共学部教大阪商業大学公共学部教授 美原融氏。同氏には前日26日に Bellevue City Hallにて英語でのイベントがございます。併せてお申し込み下さい。

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    • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd, Tacoma
    • 41

    U.S. - China - Japan: The Evolving Trade Landscape
    Wednesday, March 13
    2:00 pm - 4:30
    Fabulich Center

    Join the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, Washington State China Relations Council, Port of Seattle, World Trade Center of Tacoma, and the Northwest Seaport Alliance as our panel of experts discusses the ever-evolving trade landscape between the U.S., China, and Japan, and what it means for businesses in the Pacific Northwest.

    The trade landscape between the United States, China, and Japan continues to be volatile. As trade discussions and tariffs are constantly in the news, how do businesses react as they anticipate policy changes that will affect their bottom line? What are businesses experiencing in their day-to-day operations?

    Come hear how are the evolving landscape between these three economies and trade policy changes and likely future scenarios are and will be affecting business in Washington State as well as how our local businesses are responding on the ground here and in overseas markets.

    Moderator: Andrew Crowder, Washington State Department of Commerce


    • Dennis Frett, Executive Vice President, Toray Composite Materials America, Inc
    • Amy Paulose, President, AMES International
    • John Melin, President and COO, Brown & Haley

    Welcome and Closing remarks by:

    • Yoichiro Yamada, Consul General of Japan in Seattle
    • Ryan Calkins, Commissioner, Port of Seattle
    • John McCarthy, Commissioner, Port of Tacoma

    Our panel will consider the following questions (and more):

    • How much do the trade tariffs really matter? What are possible long or short effects of the tariffs?
    • What are possible benefits for the Pacific Northwest of Japan's efforts to revive the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? 
    • What form would the most likely trade deals between China and the US as well as Japan and the US take? What would the ramifications be for the Pacific Northwest be?"
    • What are the effects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on PNW trade?
    • How do U.S.-WTO relations effect us in the PNW?

    • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:15 PM
    • Wing Luke Museum, 719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

    Annual Meeting 2019

    Join the Society as we review the year we've had and raise a glass to the year ahead. 

Past events

Friday, January 18, 2019 Japan Business Association of Seattle Shinnenkai Table
Thursday, January 17, 2019 January Board Meeting
Thursday, January 10, 2019 Shinnenkai 2019
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Holiday Celebration Dinner and Auction
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Volunteer for 2018 Holiday Celebration Dinner and Auction
Saturday, November 17, 2018 Pre-purchase Table Wine for Holiday Dinner
Saturday, November 17, 2018 JIS Volunteer Training Workshop
Monday, October 15, 2018 Karaoke Taikai 2K18
Saturday, October 06, 2018 VOLUNTEER for Japan Week 2018
Thursday, October 04, 2018 October Board Meeting
Sunday, September 23, 2018 28th Japan America Grassroots Summit Closing Ceremony
Thursday, September 20, 2018 Host Family Application for 28th Japan-America Grassroots Summit
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 28th Japan-America Grassroots Summit Opening Ceremony
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Sponsor 28th Japan-America Grassroots Summit
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Volunteer for 28th Japan-America Grassroots Summit
Sunday, September 09, 2018 Beyond Reconciliation: Celebrate Japan-US Alliance and Honor Nisei Veterans
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Volunteer for Natsu Matsuri Outdoor Summer Festival
Friday, July 13, 2018 58th Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, July 13, 2018 Volunteer for the 58th Annual Golf Tournament!
Saturday, July 07, 2018 Volunteer for Japan Fair 2018
Saturday, June 30, 2018 Salmon Meister II
Thursday, June 21, 2018 June Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Wine Tasting and Networking with JAS-NET
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Exploring the Gaming Industry in Japan and Washington State
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Annual Meeting 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018 Volunteer for Sakura-Con!
Thursday, March 01, 2018 US-China-Japan Trade Relations in the New World Order
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 トヨタ自動車副社長 石坂芳男氏との日本語Q&A
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Japan Update Series -- Immigration and Workforce Diversity: Contrasting Issues for Japan and the United States
Thursday, February 08, 2018 Seattle - Tokyo - Tel Aviv: Innovation, Cyber-Security, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
Sunday, February 04, 2018 Japan in the Schools Volunteer Training & Workshop!
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Shinnenkai Social
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 January Board Meeting
Friday, January 12, 2018 Japan Business Association of Seattle Shinnenkai Table
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Pre-purchase Table Wine for Holiday Dinner
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 2017 Holiday Celebration Dinner & Auction
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Japan in the Schools Volunteer Training & Workshop!
Thursday, September 21, 2017 September Board Meeting
Thursday, September 14, 2017 Empowering Women in the U.S. and Japan
Sunday, September 10, 2017 Beyond Reconciliation: Celebrate Japan-US Alliance and Honor Nisei Veterans
Friday, July 21, 2017 57th Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, July 21, 2017 Volunteer for the 57th Annual Golf Tournament
Sunday, July 16, 2017 JBA/JASSW Summer Social BBQ
Saturday, July 08, 2017 VOLUNTEER for the Japan Fair 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017 Board Meeting - June 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Art in the US-Japan Relationship: Preserving the Floating World
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Annual Meeting 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017 Volunteer for Sakura-Con!
Saturday, March 25, 2017 JASSW presents: Pacific Bonsai Tour
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 JYPG Presents:"Networking and Its Importance" with Mr. Tay Yoshitani, former CEO of Port of Seattle
Thursday, February 02, 2017 Board Meeting - February 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017 Japan Update Series: The Influence of Zen on Japanese Culture and Business
Friday, January 13, 2017 Japan Business Association of Seattle Shinnenkai
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 2016 Holiday Celebration Dinner & Auction
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 VOLUNTEER for the 2016 Holiday Celebration Dinner and Auction
Saturday, October 22, 2016 Japan in the Schools Volunteer Training & Workshop!
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Board Meeting - October 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Empowerment of Women in the U.S and Japan
Saturday, September 17, 2016 Beyond Reconciliation: Honor Nisei Veterans and Celebrate Japan-US Alliance
Saturday, September 03, 2016 VOLUNTEER for the Japan Fair
Friday, July 22, 2016 56th Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, July 22, 2016 Volunteer for the 56th Annual Golf Tournament
Sunday, July 17, 2016 JBA/JASSW Summer Social BBQ
Saturday, July 16, 2016 Send-off for WNBA Seattle Storm's Ramu Tokashiki
Monday, June 27, 2016 A Night with Ambassador Sasae and Mariners' Nori Aoki
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Board Meeting
Monday, May 23, 2016 CELEBRATE WASHOKU: Sake and food pairing event
Friday, April 22, 2016 VOLUNTEER for the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival!
Thursday, March 31, 2016 Update on Japan and Role in Asia ~ Japan's importance in the future of Asia
Saturday, March 12, 2016 Remember, Repair, Prepare
Saturday, January 30, 2016 JIS Volunteer Training Workshop
Thursday, January 28, 2016 Board Meeting -- January 2016
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 Holiday Celebration Dinner & Auction
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Clean Energy Pathways for Japan and the U.S.
Thursday, October 01, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, September 28, 2015 Nomikai
Sunday, September 27, 2015 The Japanese-American History Tour of the Bainbridge Island
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Japan-America Society Night in Tacoma
Friday, August 28, 2015 Japan Students Group - Costco Visit
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Seattle Storm Japan Night
Sunday, July 19, 2015 JAS/JBA Summer Social
Friday, July 17, 2015 55th Annual Golf Tournament
Sunday, June 28, 2015 Nisei Trilogy Screening - MIS
Saturday, June 27, 2015 Nisei Trilogy Screening - 442
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Breakfast with Dr. Sheila Smith
Thursday, June 18, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, May 15, 2015 Salute to Japanese Baseball Night
Friday, May 01, 2015 Tech Startup Fireside Chat (Powered by Microsoft Ventures)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Business Round Table: Empowering Women in the US and Japan
Saturday, March 07, 2015 Act With Japan - Moving Forward Together
Sunday, March 01, 2015 Kimono Jack at Benaroya/Soundbridge
Saturday, February 28, 2015 VIP Event: New Voices from Japan (NVJ) Conference
Monday, February 23, 2015 Kobe Beef
Monday, February 09, 2015 Japan Young Professionals Group - Nomikai
Friday, January 30, 2015 JASSW Q3 Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Estate Planning and Family Law in Japan and America
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 2014 Holiday Celebration Dinner & Auction
Saturday, November 15, 2014 "Japanese American History, Unknown" ~Nisei Trilogy Screening Kick-off~ (Invitation only)
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Perspectives on a Career in the United States Foreign Service
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Board Meeting (Board members only)
Friday, September 26, 2014 JSG ”就活シートで新しい自分を見つける 気づきのワークショップ”
Friday, September 12, 2014 A Journey Back in Time "Evening at Panama Hotel"
Monday, September 08, 2014 Tomodachi - Welcome Party
Friday, August 22, 2014 会計士に聞こう! ~ビジネスに生かせる会計知識~
Saturday, August 09, 2014 Seattle Reign FC: Japan Night
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Fujisaki and Makihara -- Special Reception
Friday, July 18, 2014 54th Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, July 18, 2014 Volunteer! for the 54th Annual Golf Tournament
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Pre-game Meet & Greet Reception at the Mariners
Friday, June 20, 2014 U.S.-Japan Relations – The Implications for the Pacific Northwest Economy and Trade
Friday, June 20, 2014 Marc Knapper: Life in Foreign Service (Japanese)
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Board Meeting (Board members only)
Saturday, June 07, 2014 Kimono Jack at Deco Japan
Monday, May 05, 2014 Celebrate Washoku: UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 JSG Zadankai Nihongo - 『商社』
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 The night of the Annual Dinner- Hotel room rate at Marriott Waterfront
Saturday, April 12, 2014 JIS Training Workshop
Friday, March 21, 2014 Kimono Jack at Benaroya Hall
Sunday, March 09, 2014 ACT For Japan
Sunday, March 09, 2014 Act For Japan-Volunteer Registration-
Friday, February 21, 2014 Series on Visiting JASSW Corporate Members (Students only): Costco
Thursday, February 13, 2014 第1回JSG Workshop ~女性のためのキャリアフォーラム~
Friday, January 31, 2014 JSG Zadankai Nihongo - 根本鮎子弁護士に聞く
Thursday, January 09, 2014 Shinnenkai
Thursday, January 09, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, December 30, 2013 Meet and Greet with Ryozanpaku Graduate School members
Sunday, December 08, 2013 JIS Training Workshop
Friday, December 06, 2013 Series on Visiting JASSW Corporate Members (Students only): Microsoft
Friday, December 06, 2013 Series on Visiting JASSW Corporate Members (Students only): Microsoft
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 Raffle and Drink tickets for Holiday Celebration Dinner and Auction
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2013 Holiday Celebration Dinner & Auction
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2013 Holiday Dinner & Auction - Volunteers
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 The Night of the JASSW Holiday Dinner - Special room rate at Westin Hotel
Sunday, November 10, 2013 Honor & Sacrifice: The Story of Roy Matsumoto
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 JYPG and JASSW November Networking
Thursday, October 24, 2013 JISG Katariba 第一弾 松原規人氏 "外資系広告代理店より博報堂へ"
Friday, October 18, 2013 Business Roundtable: Japan Update - Event Sponsorship
Friday, October 18, 2013 Japan Update: Business Opportunities for 2014 and Beyond
Monday, September 23, 2013 Training Workshop for JIS
Saturday, September 21, 2013 Training Workshop for JIS
Saturday, September 07, 2013 Aki Matsuri - Volunteers
Thursday, September 05, 2013 Board of Directors Retreat
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Kansai for Business and Tourism" Hyogo-Washington Sister State 50-Year Anniversary event
Saturday, July 20, 2013 JBA & JAS Summer Social 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 53rd Annual Golf Tournament -- Player Registration
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 53rd Annual Golf Tournament -- Sponsorships
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 53rd Annual Golf Tournament -- Volunteer
Friday, June 21, 2013 Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Doing Business in the USA: Starting a Business
Friday, May 24, 2013 Series on "Visiting JASSW Corporate Members"
Friday, April 26, 2013 Sakura Matsuri - Volunteers
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Annual Meeting and Dinner 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013 ☆ SAKURA-CON VOLUNEERS ☆
Sunday, March 24, 2013 U.S.-Japan Relations in a Changing World
Sunday, March 10, 2013 "Shout Out" to Japan -- Cheers from Seattle
Sunday, March 03, 2013 "Shout Out to Japan!" Community practice to learn to sing "Hana wa saku"
Monday, February 25, 2013 Speaker Series: Justice Gonzalez
Sunday, February 24, 2013 "Shout Out to Japan!" Community practice to learn to sing "Hana wa saku"
Sunday, February 17, 2013 "Shout Out to Japan!" Community practice to learn to sing "Hana wa saku"
Thursday, February 14, 2013 送別会 - Farewell Gathering
Sunday, January 27, 2013 New Year's Party/Kimono Jack at Celebrate Asia
Friday, January 25, 2013 Learn to Wear Kimono
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 JYPG Shinnenkai 新年会
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Tax Update Seminar
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 Bonenkai
Monday, October 08, 2012 Glen Fukushima
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