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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.

Upcoming events

    • 2022-10-06
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Zoom (online)

    JASM is pleased to announce a new online event, "Enthusiastic Cheering Culture of Japanese Baseball Fans" by Masaya Muneda and Yuma Miyashita via Zoom on Thursday, October 6th at 6 PM. One of the  presenters is a former members of one of the Team from NPB’s (Nippon Professional Baseball Organization) Cheer Group. They will be presenting  live from Japan!

    Watching a baseball game in Japan is totally different from watching one in America. Unlike American fans, Japanese fans cheer their team with voice, drums, and dances led by the Cheer Group’s command.

    This presentation reviews how Japanese Cheer culture works at the baseball park along with the true story of former members of one of the teams from NPB’s cheer group.

    You can see a glimpse of audience cheering at a Japanese baseball game here or the youtube image above.

    Masaya Muneda, originally from Japan received a PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya. He has been a researcher of the Center for Lifelong Sports Practice and Research at Osaka University of Health and Sport Science, and an assistant professor at the Department of Sports Health in the Faculty of Human Health at Kanazawa Gakuin University and the Graduate School of Sports Health Science at Kanazawa Gakuin University. He received his BA of Business Administration in 2013, MS in Sport Science in 2015, and PhD, of Sport Science in 2021. His research primarily focuses on sport management and sport marketing. In particular, he draws on sport consumer behavior theory and sport organization theory to study the impact of sport on participants and spectators, including local communities.

    Yuma Miyashita, originally from Japan, is currently a first officer at All Nippon Airways. He received his bachelor of intercultural communication in 2013 at Seinan University in Fukuoka prefecture. After he graduating from university, he went to Civil Aviation College and got a Commercial Pilot License in 2015. Since he grew up in Fukuoka, where so many people love its local professional baseball team, SOFTBANK HAWKS, he was a big fan of Hawks since he was in elementary school. While he was a student at university, he became a member of the private cheer group (Kyushu Takakaze) for the Hawks and attended over 70 games out of 140 games in a year during 2010 to 2013 seasons.

    We are looking  forward to seeing you there!

    Non-Member: $8

    Member: free

    Fee is not refundable but is transferable. Please become a member to support JASM.

    • 2022-10-27
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Online
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     JASM is pleased to announce an online event: "Smart Agriculture and its Benefits" by Katsutoshi Mizuta on October 27 at 6 PM

    Smart agriculture has demonstrated its great possibilities to enhance crop productivity, economic returns, and environmental quality. The farmers use various sensors and data to optimize fertilizer application, irrigation, and soil nutrient leaching. This presentation reviews some advanced practices and technologies implemented in the US and world. 

    Katsutoshi Mizuta, originally from Japan received a PhD, is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota Precision Agriculture Center. He is leading a multistate precision nitrogen management research project in collaboration with Purdue University. He received his BS in environmental engineering in 2014. He also received both his MS majoring in soil and water sciences (SWS) in 2016 and his PhD majoring in SWS (minoring in food and resource economics). He also has experience in research from a local to regional scale with cutting-edge technologies (machine learning; proximal, airborne, and satellite remote sensing) based on big data of soil, crop, biome, climate, terrain, and geology.

    In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family.

    We are looking forward to seeing you there!

    $8: Non-member

    $0: Member

    The ticket is not refundable, but transferable.

    • 2022-11-19
    • Oak Ridge Country Club 700 Oak Ridge Rd, Hopkins, MN 55305

    We are pleased to announce that the 2022 Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala will be held in person on

    Saturday, November 19th at the Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins.

    Please mark your calendars.

    The 25th Mondale Gala will pay tribute to Ambassador Mondale who greatly strengthened the relationship between Japan and the United States and was an avid supporter of JASM. The Mondale Award was created 25 years ago as a way to recognize individuals who walked in Amb. Mondale's footsteps in their outstanding achievements in continuing to build the bond between Japan and Minnesota. At the same time, the Mondale Scholarship was created to provide  financial support for the students studying in Japan. 

    We have not been able to recognize Bill Deef and Sarah Walbert, the award winners in 2020 and 2021 respectively, as well as scholarship recipients in person due to COVID. Therefore, they will also be recognized alongside the 2022 winners in this year's gala. Please join us to celebrate award and scholarship recipients as well as JASM's 50 years of strengthening Minnesota-Japan relations.

    Please keep an eye out for registration information which will be coming soon.

    • 2022-11-19
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Oak Ridge Country Club 700 Oak Ridge Rd, Hopkins, MN 55305

    Congratulations to Judith and Gayle Fleming, the 2022 winners of the Mondale Award for Japan-Minnesota Partnership! The Mondale Award was established in 1997 to recognize outstanding contributions to the relationship between the people of Japan and Minnesota. 

    Judith and Gayle share much in common with the first winners of the award, Joan and Walter Mondale:

    · A passion for Japan in all its facets, particularly arts and culture

    · Commitment to youth

    · Continuous, hands-on work with a variety of organizations to further the Japan-Minnesota connection.

    Judith and Gayle are active in the Yukimakai Tea Ceremony Association. Judith served as Treasurer for Yukimakai for 10 years. Both Judith and Gayle are active in spring and fall cleaning and in presenting Tea at Como's Tea House each year. Gayle crafted a beautiful Tenchaban table and stools for the group. They host a yearly moon viewing chakai and dinner at their home for Yukimakai members and their guests.

    Their cultural interests spread beyond tea ceremony to gardening. Gayle is a long-time volunteer and consultant at the Como Garden and the Normandale Friendship Garden. He and Judith have assisted many members of the Twin Cities community in their efforts to establish Japanese Gardens, and they have hosted many events at their own garden.  In the words of one nominator, “Like Japan, where space is limited, the Flemings have transformed their home, yard, and any viable area, into a magical Japanese-style getaway from the urban area in which they live.”

    They are also core members of the Minneapolis-Ibaraki Sister City Commission, having hosted many Welcome and Farewell Parties at their home, acting as judges for the Ibaraki Haiku Poetry Award, and serving as long-time Board Members.

    Perhaps most impressive is their commitment to young people. The Flemings served as host parents to at least 7 Japanese high school students (some of them staying for up to 3 years). They have stayed in touch with many of their Japanese sons and daughters, hosted parents who came to visit the students, put on graduation parties, and even traveled to Japan to attend a wedding. One of their former students had this to say: “The time I spent with them is the most precious moment in my life. Now I am an adult and I know how difficult to be Host family with foreign student living together in same house. Although they did it so naturally with warm heart”

    The Mondale Award Selection committee received 13 pages of heartwarming testimony in support of the Flemings. They have built the Japan-Minnesota connection group-to-group, and, even more impressively, person-to-person. We are awed by their accomplishments and thankful for their contributions.

    We look forward to presenting them with the award at our annual gala.


    Bob Luck,

    JASM President

    Chair, 2022 Mondale Award Selection Committee

    JASM is very pleased to present the Mondale Award to Judith and Gayle Fleming in 2022. Everyone is welcome to join us to honor Judith and Gayle.

Connecting Japan and Minnesota for nearly 50 years

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.


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 Contributors

Satellite Industries, Inc.     UMEI    

Corporate Sustaining Members


Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, PC     Japan Lifeline Co.Ltd

Mall of America     Metropolitan Airports Commission     MGK, Inc.

Naigai Industries U.S.A. Inc.     Satellite Industries, Inc.

Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

Partners in Service

JK's Table     Kiku Enterprises, Inc.     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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