Sustaining Tohoku 3/11 Commemorative Event with JETRO on March 12th

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Sustaining Tohoku 3/11 Commemorative Event with JETRO on March 12th


Sustaining Tohoku: Perspectives of the Recovery from American Companies in Fukushima and an In-Depth Look at

the Strength of its Economy

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日時: Thursday, 3月 12, 2015 – 5:30-8:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. ご予約

6:00 p.m. Presentation

7:45 p.m. Networking Reception

8:30 p.m. Adjournment


場所: McNamara Alumni Center, Thomas H. Swain Room, ミネソタ州立大学,

200 University Avenue, S.E., Minneapolis, MN, 55414 – (Parking Guidance: University Ramp at 1926 University Avenue, S.E., Minneapolis)



Fee: FREE ADMISSION. If you plan to attend this event, please fill out the form by clicking こちらからお願いいたします。!

Limited seating available.


To commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake, we are honored to present a special program on the progress being made in northeastern Japan, featuring a keynote address by John Harris, President and Representative Director, Nippon Becton Dickinson Co., Ltd; and presentations by Ichiro Soné, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Chicago; Yasuhiro Nagamatsu, エグゼクティブ・ディレクター, JETRO San Francisco and former Chief Director of JETRO Fukushima; and Joe Dixon, Program Manager – Environmental, PaR Systems, Inc. of Shoreview, 日米協会, a leader in the robotics industry.

Ichiro Soné, the Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago, will set the pace and tone of the program by giving a brief update on the progress of Abenomics and how the policies are designed to sustain the economy of the Tohoku region.

John Harris, whose company, Nippon Beckton Dickinson Co. Ltd., has a factory located in Fukushima, Japan, will share his knowledge on why the company is in Fukushima and how they worked to recover its operations after the disaster. He will also explain the importance that Japan has for Becton Dickinson as a critical market and source of innovation for the medical device industry.

Joe Dixon, Program Manager, Environmental, PaR Systems Inc., (Shoreview, MN) will present on the work being done in Japan especially on the equipment utilized at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant’s Rector 3 as well as the challenges and successes of this particular project. He will provide guidance on future possible work in Fukushima and Japan.

Yasuhiro Nagamatsu who was the Chief Director of JETRO Fukushima until October 2014, will talk about the current recovery of Fukushima; the strength of its economy; the importance of the Tohoku regional economy and its importance to Japan.


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Japanese Translation Competition: The 2nd JLPP Translation Competition

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Calling all Japanese-English translators!

The Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP) is a project of the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan for the purpose of translating modern Japanese literature into English in order to promote the publication of these translated works throughout the world. The JLPP Translation Competiton will help the organization to discover and promote excellent translators.

Application period: 6月 1, 2015 – 7月 31, 2015 (applications must be postmarked by July 31st)

For more information, please go to http://www.jlpp.go.jp

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Marketing Translator

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Position Title: Marketing Translator
Department: Marketing
Salary: $36,000- $40,000 Depending on Experience
Contract: 6 month to hire

This position translates and interprets foreign language(s) into English, and vice versa. It is a full time position within our translation service team. Candidate must be proficient in native language as well as English. Must be comfortable doing voice recording translations.

Essential Duties:
• Read written materials and rewrite material into specified languages.
• Ensure that the translated version conveys the meaning of the original as clearly as possible
• Edit, standardize, proofread, revise and finalize translated material prepared by other employees and contractors
• Communicating effectively with others in writing as indicated by the needs of the reader/audience.
• Working with new material or information to grasp its implications.
• Inspecting and evaluating the quality of products.

Other Responsibilities:
• Demonstrates attention to detail
• Maintains confidentiality
• Listens and seeks clarification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, grammar, and history
• Basic knowledge of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
• Knowledge of methods of compiling, organizing and analyzing data.

Qualifications: (Education/Experience)

• A high school diploma or its equivalent
• 3+ years of experience in translation and interpretation of English and a required second language.
• Additional related education or certification(s) may substitute for the required experience.

Please call Eric Mann, number below, or Rachel Bierschbach at 651-252-3445 with questions, or email your cover letter/resume to Eric Mann.

Eric Mann

651-252-3334 Direct
651-252-3920 Fax


109 7th Street Suite #111.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

The Economic Club of Minnesota: Luncheon featuring The Honorable Haruhiko Kuroda Governor, Bank of Japan, April 19th

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The Economic Club of Minnesota: Luncheon featuring The Honorable Haruhiko Kuroda Governor, Bank of Japan, April 19th

The Economic Club of Minnesota cordially invites you to our April Luncheon featuring
The Honorable Haruhiko Kuroda
Governor of the Bank of Japan



日時: Sunday, April 19, 2015

Reception: 11:30 AM – 12:30 時から開催します。

Luncheon: 12:30 時から開催します。 – 1:30 時から開催します。

場所: Wayzata Country Club

200 Wayzata Boulevard West

Wayzata, MN 55391

Register: JASM Members: Click here to register at the $60 Guest of Member rate

Contact: Amy Burggraf, amy@ecomn.org or 612-432-6790



Mr. Haruhiko Kuroda was appointed the 31st Governor of the Bank of Japan on March 20, 2013.

He started his career at the Ministry of Finance in Japan in 1967. In the early years, he was seconded to the International Monetary Fund as Advisor to the Executive Director. His responsibilities at the Ministry encompassed fields such as international finance and national and international tax as well as services in the finance minister’s office including as secretary to the then Finance Minister Murayama. He represented the Ministry at a number of international monetary conferences as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, including meetings of the Group of Seven Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, International Monetary Fund/World Bank Joint Annual Meetings, and bilateral meetings between Japan and other countries/regions.

From 2003, he served as Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Koizumi, while teaching economics and finance as Professor at the Graduate School of Economics of Hitotsubashi University.

His previous position was President of the Asian Development Bank. He took office in February 2005, and in the eight years of his tenure he contributed to the reforms of the institution by formulating a long-term strategy and strengthening its financial resources.

Born in October 1944, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law from The University of Tokyo (1967), and a Master of Philosophy in Economics from University of Oxford (1971).

JASM is co-cosponsor of this event

日本語能力クイズ大会 2015

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J-Quiz 2015

On Saturday, 2月 14, 2015, high school students from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin will gather together to put their knowledge of Japanese Language and Culture to the test!

Teams of students from each school will compete in 3 levels of difficulty. Students will first write an essay, then participate in a preliminary round of questions regarding Japanese Language and Culture. 優勝者にはワシントンDCで行われるジャパン・ボール. 及びさくら祭りに参加するための切符が渡されます。.

This year again, we are inviting family of the students, and any interested parties to come and watch the finals of J-Quiz! Please come and support your student, or all students with an interest in Japan.

There will also be a Flea Market offering Japanese items to support the winners’ trip to Washington DC. If you wish to donate curios or Japanese crafts, please contact the JASM office. JASM is also recruiting event sponsors. For more information, please feel free to contact the JASM office.



Saturday, 2月 14, 2015



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Lorenz Auditorium (Fine Arts Building)

France Avenue South and 98th Street in Bloomington, MN


*This schedule is subject to change.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Registration

8:00 am – 8:30 am Opening Ceremony

8:30 am – 11:30 am Student Preliminary Round and Written Tests

9:40 am – 10:05 am Japanese Art History Lecture by Matthew Welch

10:05 am – 10:30 am Taiko Drum Performance by Mu Performing Arts

10:40 am – 11:05 am Repeat Japanese Art History Lecture by Matthew Welch

11:05 am – 11:30 am Repeat Taiko Drum Performance by Mu Performing Arts

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch

12:10 pm -12:30 pm Shakuhachi Flute Performance by Leo Hansen

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Final Round, Closing Ceremony, & Award Presentation


Download the J-Quiz Public Events Flyer here!












The Final Rounds begin at 12:30! EVERYONE is invited to watch the finals! The Cultural Programs are also open for the public to enjoy!

Cultural Programs and the Final Rounds will be held in the Lorenz Auditorium in Fine Arts Building.

(If you are a parent, please ask your student which level they are in, and at what time their final round is!)

St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee Annual Meeting, Dec. 6th

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Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee
Annual Meeting, Dec. 6
Enjoy a Japanese dinner, silent auction, and live entertainment!
Join the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee for an evening of socializing, entertainment, and preview of 2015 on Saturday, 12月 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the party room at 111 Kellogg Blvd. (Kellogg Square apartments). This year’s silent auction will feature gift certificates from local businesses, Japanese items, and an Asahi beer and snack pack! Come to learn more about the SPNSCC tour going to Nagasaki for next October’s Kunchi Festival.
Only $25 per person with sushi and hot food from Nakamori Japanese Bistro.
Use Paypal on our website www.stpaulnagasaki.org
or send a check to:
c/o Fusako Muro
1701 Long Lake Road
New Brighton, MN 55112

Chip Fricke Award

Also at the Annual Meeting, brothers Matthew and Anthony Kujawa will be presented the Chip Fricke Award for their dedication to the sister city relationship. Both have lived in Nagasaki and worked to establish the Nagasaki Saint Paul Sister City Committee as a volunteer-led organization. They were also active in facilitating exchanges of young people, focusing on Boy Scout and tennis exchanges.

新年会 2015 January 18th 2015

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Shinnenkai 新年会 2015 January 18th 2015

Want to visit Japan? Here is your chance to do it without having to buy a plane ticket! The Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) is bringing the sights, tastes, and sounds of a Japanese New Year to Minnesota through our Shinnenkai celebration.

About Shinnenkai 2015:

Shinnenkai is annual New Year Celebration in which we hope to bring the traditions of a Japanese New Year celebration to Minnesota. We will be promoting cultural exchange and new experiences in a fun environment. There will be cultural performances, delicious Japanese food, a silent auction, mini-workshops, and children’s activities. We hope to create a fun family atmosphere that allows people of all ages to come together and experience a Japanese New Year!

Time & Date:
Sunday, 1月 18, 2015
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center
1001 日米協会 7, Hopkins, MN 55305

Tickets are now available!


Preregistration is now over! Please purchase your tickets at the door and come join us at JASM Shinnenkai 2015!

At the Door : 1月 18th

$7 for Children Age 6-18

$12 for Adult JASM Member

$16 for Adult Non- JASM Member

Family Package:

$22 for JASM Member

$27 for Non- JASM member


View the flyer here!


Performance Schedule:

4:10 Koto Music by Sakura Kai

4:40 Japanese Traditional Dances by Mikaharukai

5:20 Steel Sword Show by Toyama Ryu Batto Jutsu

5:50 Kendama Demonstration by Sweets Kendamas

6:30 Thunder Wave and Japanese songs, Momoko Tanno(soprano) Aaron Barnell(drummer) Asako Hirabayashi( keyboard) Naomi Matsuoka (keyboard) Naoko Koyano (recorder)

7:20 Taiko Drum Performance by Mu Performing Arts

7:50 Closing Remark and Tejime


Schedule in the Exhibitor Area:

4:40 Koto (Japanese musical instrument) by Sakura Kai

5:10 Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) by Ikebana Sogetsu Group

6:00 Japanese Cooking by Kimiko Molasky

6:50 Kakizome (Japanese calligraphy) by Tetsuya Shimano



Bloomington Sister City Organization

Concordia Language Villages

Ikebana Sogetsu Group

Kimiko’s Japanese Home Cooking

Minneapolis Japanese School

Nihonjin Kai

Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee

Sweets Kendamas

Toyama Ryu Batto Jutsu

Zen Healing Center

Mr. Yoshi Satoh

Ms. Keiko Doi


Activities & Demonstrations:

Anime / Cartoon Coloring, Calligraphy, Green Tea Workshop, Kendama, Mochi Pounding, Sogetsu Ikebana Flower Arrangements, Travel Desk, and more!


Food Donated by Asian Foods

Food Prepared by Tomoko Drake and Friends



Silent Auction item(s) Donations by:


Brian Graham Salon

Dale Studios

Great Harvest

Green Teaist

Takehito & Richiko Kamata


Walker Art Center

Zen Box Izakaya

Corporate Roundtable, Dec. 3, 2014

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Corporate Roundtable, Dec. 3, 2014

JASM Corporate Roundtable Meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014


“Want to Make the Best of Your Business Strategies in Japan? Let JETRO Guide the Way”

Enhance your understanding of the Japanese market with the Japan America Society of Minnesota Corporate Roundtable, a business forum featuring speakers from the Board of Directors, corporate member companies, and their colleagues visiting from Japan.


We are very pleased to welcome Ichiro Sone, the Chief Executive Director of JETRO Chicago to this JASM Corporate Roundtable program. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a Japanese governmental organization whose mission is “to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan the rest of the world.” We are pleased that Mr. Sone will join us in a discussion of recent economic developments in Japan and how U.S. companies can increase their effectiveness in promoting their goods and services to Japan. What areas of the Japanese economy are increasingly open to investment from the U.S.? What are some of the challenges that face Japanese companies in the current economic situation in Asia and the Pacific? How is JETRO positioned to assist American companies in their Japan business initiatives? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in the business roundtable discussion by Mr. Sone.


Ichiro Sone was appointed the Chief Executive Director of JETRO – Chicago in June, 2013. He has served in a number of posts for JETRO, including positions in JETRO’s offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco where he worked in public relations and business development. He has also provided leadership in the management of JETRO’s North America offices and supervised the opening of new offices for JETRO in Cambodia, China and India. Director Sone has a diverse background in business as well as other fields due to his bachelor’s degree in art history and museum studies from Doshisha University in Kyoto.


JASM is pleased welcome Ichiro Sone of JETRO – Chicago to Minnesota for this Corporate Roundtable meeting to inform Minnesota business leaders about the opportunities that exist for Minnesota companies in doing business in Japan.

Date: Wednesday, 12月 3. 2014

Time: 8:00–9:00 a.m. With Registration starting at 7:30 a.m.
Place: Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P.A. IDS Center, 5th Floor

80 S 8th St. Minneapolis, MN 55402

料金: $15 JASM members, $20 non-members and guests, $7 Students

For RSVP, please click here


Info: 612-627-9357 or jasm@us-japan.org or the JASM Website

Parking validation will be provided


JASM would like to thank Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennet, P.A. for hosting this event.


The Last JASM Professional Group of 2014! @ Zen Box Izakaya, Dec. 9th

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The Last JASM Professional Group of 2014! @ Zen Box Izakaya, Dec. 9th

JASM Professional Group Event

Location:Zen Box Izakaya

602 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Date: Tuesday December 9th, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7:30
Join us for the next JASM Professional Group event for a fun, social, networking event open to everyone. This event welcomes anyone who is looking to network professionally, culturally, or just looking to connect with people that have a common interest in Japan. The last event was a blast and we hope to see you at the next JASM Professional Group!

Please RSVPこちらからお願いいたします。

料金:Free for JASM members. $5 for Non-members.:

JPG Non-Member Admissions

If you have questions or concerns about any of our upcoming events, please email us at
jasm@us-japan.org or call our office at 612.627.9357.

Japan Business Roundtable in Rochester, MN

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Japan Business Roundtable in Rochester, MN

Japan Business Roundtable

Is Japan Still an Important Business Partner for Minnesota?”

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Enhance your understanding of the Japanese market with the Japan America Society of Minnesota Japan Business Roundtable, a business forum featuring speakers from the Board of Directors, corporate member companies, and their colleagues visiting from Japan.

As the third largest economy in the world, Japan has a dynamic market with a high standard of living for its citizens who expect world class products and services. American goods of high quality are highly prized by Japanese consumers where attention to detail and quality are a way of life. In addition, Japan is Minnesota’s fourth largest trading partner. After two decades of stagnant economic growth, Japan is emerging again as an economic power house.

What opportunities are available to Minnesota companies who wish to engage in trade with Japan? What cultural perspectives should Minnesota businesses be aware of in doing business with their Japanese counterparts? What are the best practices that American businesses have developed to be successful in the Japanese marketplace?


Three leaders from the Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) will address these questions and more in a panel discussion at the forthcoming Japan Business Roundtable on November 20th. In this first business event for JASM in Rochester, the panel will feature Sarah Walbert, International Trade Representative for the Minnesota Trade Office and former JASM Board Member, ディック・ストール, President of Sassafras Consulting, LLC, and Emeritus Director of JASM, and Ben van Lierop, Executive Director of JASM. All have lived and worked in Japan and have also worked with companies in their Japan business initiatives. Whether your knowledge of Japan business etiquette is fundamental or advanced, we invite you to join this roundtable discussion to increase your expertise and network with others interested in pursuing Japan related business opportunities in Southeast Minnesota.

Sarah Walbert: International Trade

Representative for the Minnesota Trade Office

ディック・ストール: 会長, Sassafras Consulting, LLC


ベン バンリーロップ: Executive Director of JASM


Funding for this Program is being provided by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership


Date: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Time: Registration starting at 7:30 a.m. Roundtable: 8:00–9:00 a.m.
Place: Commons Room, Double Tree by Hilton

150 South Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904

料金: Introductory Offer – Complimentary Basis
Info: 612-627-9357 or jasm@us-japan.org


Admission is free, however, seats are limited. Please make a reservation to ensure that you have a seat at the table.