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The Japan America Society of Minnesota is a member-supported, non-profit organization established to promote mutual understanding and friendship between Japanese and US citizens. Through our programs and events, we endeavor to promote an appreciation of cultural, educational, economic, public, and other affairs of interest to both peoples. JASM also connects and supports Minnesota's seven Japanese sister cities, two Japanese-language Saturday schools, over 100 Japanese corporate subsidiaries, and a host of other organizations dedicated to Japan-related topics from Anime to Zen. JASM is open to individuals, corporations, and other organizations interested in supporting its missionFounded in 1972, JASM is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.

Upcoming events

    • 2023-10-01
    • 9:00 AM
    • 2024-02-29
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online Cultural Event
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    JASM will award the Takuzo Ishida Memorial Scholarship to a student enrolled in a Minnesota high school who wants to broaden their knowledge of Japan through a combination of study and travel.  The application is now open.

    Please click here to read the details.

    2024 Timeline:

    • Start accepting applications: December 1, 2023
    • Deadline for applications: January 1, 2024
    • Finalists' interviews with scholarship committee members:  During January, 2024
    • Winner of the Scholarship will be notified: February , 2024

    If you would like to make a contribution to the Takuzo Ishida Memorial Scholarship's endowment, please click here.

    Takuzo Ishida was a researcher, carpenter, chef, and bonsai enthusiast who served as President of JASM and Founder/Principal of the Minneapolis Japanese School. The Takuzo Ishida Memorial Scholarship was established in 2019 by Mr. Ishida’s family and friends to recognize his contributions to the Japanese community in Minnesota and to support his passion for youth education. (To read a special edition of the Tsushin dedicated to Mr. Ishida, please click here. )

    • 2023-12-13
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1601 Utica Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416
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    国際会議イラスト/無料イラストなら「イラストAC」The end of the year is just around the corner. It is time for JASM’s annual meeting.  The 2023 Annual Meeting will be on December 13th at 6:00 pm at Corporate Benefactor Member, Taiyo International, Inc's new office  (Google Maps).

    At the meeting, we will be reflecting on the year as a whole and looking forward to next year. We’ll discuss additional ways we can further JASM’s  mission and will hold elections for board members.

    We will have some special door prizes and light refreshments.


    1. Welcome
    2. Call to Order
    3. Message from the President - Bob Luck
    4. Treasurer's report - Mio Ishida
    5. Message from the Executive Director - Rio Saito
    6. JASM Strategic Plan & Member Feedback discussion: Survey participants will be notified via email at the beginning of December. Please keep an eye out for the survey in your inbox around this time. 
    7. Board Elections
    8. Candidate introductions - Joe Montgomery
    9. Closing remarks & networking (fabulous door prizes!!!)

    Registration priority will given to voting members.  Please contact jasm@mn-japan.org to check on space availability if you wish to bring a guest.

    Parking information:

    Please use Lilac Drive S to enter the parking garage on the east side. If arriving from Utica Street, take the road in front of the Taiyo office building, which will lead you to Lilac Drive and the parking garage entrance. There is no charge for parking. (Click here  for the image)


JASM is supported by hundreds of individuals and over 40 Companies and Non-Profit Organizations. Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Corporate Benefactors

Daikin Applied 

Delta Air Lines, Inc.  

Sawai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd     

Taiyo International, Inc.

Corporate Patron

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Miller Milling Company


Corporate Sustaining Members


Hamre, Schumann,  Mueller & Larson PC   

Japan Lifeline Co.Ltd

Mall of America

Metropolitan Airports Commission

Naigai Industries U.S.A. Inc. 

Satellite Industries, Inc.

Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

Corporate Contributors

Satellite Industries, Inc. UMEI    

Partners in Service

JK's Table     Kiku Enterprises, Inc.     

Metoree   Minnesota Trade Office

Origami Restaurant     Sakura Restaurant

Saint Paul Saints Baseball Club     Saji-Ya Restaurant

Suishin Restaurant

TOMODACHI     Voyager Group Inc.

Nonprofit Members

Concordia Language Villages     Economic Club of Minnesota     Global Minnesota

JETAA Minnesota     JETRO Chicago     JP Network, St. Cloud State University

KCC-Japan Education Exchange     Macalester College Asian Language & Culture Department

Minneapolis Japanese School     Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minnesota Council of Teachers of Japanese     Minnesota Orchestra     

NDSU-Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection     Twin Cities Aikido Center

UMN Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

University of North Dakota-Grand Forks     Winona State University Global Studies Dept.

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 COVID-19 Update

In the interest of the health and safety of our staff, members, and broader Japanese community, we have made the decision to close the JASM office. For the time being, we have been providing online activities.  Staff members are working remotely and will continue to be available as much as possible via e-mail.

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P.O. Box 26639

Minneapolis, MN 55426

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