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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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Upcoming events

    • 2021-11-05
    • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Online

    We are pleased to announce that  the 24th  Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala will take place on Friday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m. 

    Now the registration is open. Please register today by clicking the link here.

    The gala will be streamed live online and include presentation of the tribute to Ambassador Mondale, the  Mondale Award, and Mondale Scholarship along with the auction, the Fund-The-Scholar fundraising and more.

    Register Here 

    Everybody is welcome to join us for free of charge. However, if you are able, please consider including our suggested donation amount of $35 or more to help offset our production and programming costs.

    This spring we sadly lost Ambassador Mondale who had been a great inspiration to us for many decades and we therefore decided to dedicate this year’s gala to him.

    Instead of having one single keynote speaker we have invited several speakers to share their stories about Ambassador Mondale as a tribute to him. We are honored by the participation of Senator Klobuchar, Ambassador of Japan Tomita, and Consul-General of Japan in Chicago Tajima. We will also hear the story of a Minnesotan war veteran who later went back to visit Japan because of an encouraging letter by Mr. Mondale. Please join us to remember the legacy of Ambassador Mondale.

    2021 Mondale Award Recipient:

    Sarah Walbert is the Minnesota Trade Office Regional Trade Manager for the medical and biopharma industries, and for Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. While encouraging and facilitating trade, her responsibilities include helping Minnesota companies to identify and develop export strategies and opportunities in the international marketplace. She has led Minnesota delegations annually to the largest medical industry shows in the world. In addition, Sarah hosts delegations from abroad and is a point person for multinational Japanese firms who are looking at new expansion opportunities. Sarah speaks and reads Japanese.  

    Prior to state government, her private sector experience includes 20 years in strategic planning, negotiations, and new business development with a US-Japan management consulting firm. She held various management positions with American Express International in New York and overseas and opened its tours to China.

    Sarah has volunteered on a variety of boards such as Courage Kenny Foundation, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Lending Committee, and JASM, as well as that of the California-Japan start-up Kinovate Life Sciences. The University of Minnesota named her the first awardee for the Design of Medical Devices Conference Outstanding Volunteer for her many years of creating global connections.

    Sarah holds a Master of International and Public Affairs from Columbia University in New York and received her B.A. summa cum laude in history from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    JASM is very pleased to present the Mondale Award to Sarah Walbert in 2021. Everyone is welcome to join us to honor Sarah.

    Mondale Scholarship 2021-2022

    Mondale Scholarship for 2021-22 is suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be watching the development of the travel situation and we hope to be able to support the students in 2022-23.

    Everybody is welcome to join us for free of charge. However, if you are able, please consider including our suggested donation amount of $35 or more to help offset our production and programming costs.

    Thank You to Our Sponsor

    Matsu/ Pine Tree Sponsorship

    Take/ Bamboo Sponsorship


    Ume/ Plum Tree Sponsorship


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

Briggs and Morgan, P.A.     IACE TRAVEL     

Satellite Industries, Inc.     UMEI    Murata Vios Inc.

Corporate Sustaining Members

     Deloitte Tax, LLP 

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.

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.   Zen Healing Center     

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     Mu Performing Arts

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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P.O. Box 26639

Minneapolis, MN 55426

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