Upcoming events

    • Friday, January 12, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Hilton Bellevue Hotel- Grand Ballroom (1F) 300 112th AVE SE, Bellevue WA

    Join our table as we ring in the new year at the Japan Business Association of Seattle's Shinnenkai

    Enjoy a delicious feast catered by Ten Zushi as we review 2017 and look ahead to 2018! Take a chance on their raffle and you just might win airline tickets or a number of other fabulous prizes. 

    This is a great opportunity to network with others in the Japanese business community while enjoying a night of entertainment, laughter, and great company. Please be aware that the program will be almost completely in Japanese. 

    Members: $100.00

    Non-members: $120.00

    Prices include drink ticket and parking.

    Childcare available:

    Ages 1-5 yrs. old: $25

    Ages 6-12 yrs. old: $20 

    Please mail your checks to:

    Japan-America Society of the State of Washington

    3010 77th AVE SE Ste 102

    Mercer Island, WA 9804

    • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Russell Investments, 1301 2nd AVE 18th Floor, Seattle, WA 98101

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    3:30 - 5:00 pm

    Russell Investments Center, Everest Room (18th Floor)


    1. Meeting Minutes from September Board Meeting

    2. Financial Report/Budget

    3. Committee Reports

    4. Old Business

    5. New Business

    *Detailed agenda and background documents will be sent beforehand.

    Be sure to sign up for the Shinnenkai/nomikai at Hamanasu afterwards! 

    • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Hamanasu Restaurant, 1200 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101


    Join us as we ring-in the New Year with new and old friends, great food, and a fresh start to 2018! We will have appetizers, wine, and great people to meet. 

    All attendees will receive 2 drink tickets and automatic entry into our New Year raffle for the chance to win fabulous prizes! 

    Members: $25

    Non-Members: $35

    Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Hamanasu is establishing itself as a premiere Teppanyaki restaurant. The tranquil Japanese gardens are the perfect backdrop for skilled and entertaining chefs, creating a unique atmosphere unmatched anywhere in the city.


    • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    • 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William H. Gates Hall UW of Law -4293 Memorial Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98195

    “Immigration Challenges

    for Japan and the United States”

    Yoshio Ishizaka, Former President of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and

    UW Law Professor Anita Ramasastry

    Despite nearly 2.5 million foreign residents, Japan does not have a comprehensive policy or philosophy for the acceptance of foreigners. At its current trajectory, Japan will become more and more reliant on immigrants to maintain its domestic economy. Immigrants built the USA, but the new governing administration champions a change in policy towards immigration. We all understand the world is changing quickly. What is the principle of foreigner acceptance?

                                                  Who will be speaking?                                              

    Mr. Yoshio Ishizaka 

    Professor Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington

    • Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Professorship in Law
    • Director, Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development
    • Faculty Director, International, Comparative, and Transnational Programs
    • Worked as the senior adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Market Access and Compliance in the International Trade Administration of the US Dept. of Commerce from 2009-2012

    The Japan Update Series (JUS) started in 2014 with a business roundtable event featuring three eminent figures in U.S.-Japan relations -- Koichi Hamada, Professor Emeritus at Yale University, Robert M. Orr, former President of Boeing Japan, and Marc Knapper, former Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. First sponsored by our longtime corporate member, Delta Air Lines, JUS demonstrates the quality of our mission, connections to some of the top sectors of the U.S.-Japan alliance, and drive to bridge members to the best knowledge and network base.

    This month's JUS event is generously sponsored by a grant from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the National Association of Japan-America Societies. 

Past events

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