The Japan America Society of Southern California was founded on February 21, 1909 to build economic, cultural, governmental and personal relationships between the people of Japan and America.
We are a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable and educational organization consisting of individuals and corporations with an interest in Japan and in United States–Japan relations. Our membership is open to the general public and currently includes 130 corporate members and nearly 2,000 individual members. Corporate members are divided almost evenly among Japanese and American companies; Individual members consist of approximately 35% Japanese nationals and 65% Americans.
Support for our work is derived principally from annual fundraising events and the generous support of our individual and corporate members.
"To Build Economic, Cultural, Governmental and Personal Relationships Between the People of Japan and America.”
The Japan America Society of Southern California works to:
- Promote among the American people a more accurate knowledge of the people of Japan, their aims, customs, ideals, arts and sciences, industries, economic conditions, and educational process
- Serve the peoples of Japan and the United States in fostering mutual understanding between the two nations
- Serve as an information center in obtaining information relating to Japan and the United States for individuals and organizations
- Sponsor meetings of distinguished Japanese and Americans for the exchange of knowledge and ideas
- Assist students in obtaining proper counseling in regard to educational matters
- Foster education about Japan through bulletins, lectures, special courses, conferences, discussion panels, exhibitions, films and scientific purposes
- Article I, By-Laws of the Japan America Society of Southern California
The Society maintains an active calendar offering a diversity of programs that help promote better understanding between Japan and America. These include:
- Breakfast and luncheon programs where issues are discussed and debated by leading figures in the U.S.-Japan relationship.
- Special seminars and workshops throughout the year that provide extensive information on specific topics related to Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.
- Roundtable meetings that provide opportunities to discuss industry-specific topics and other shared interests, as well as opportunities to meet your counterparts and develop strategic contacts.
- Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration, Annual Golf Classic & Tennis Tournament, Annual Japan America Kite Festival®
- Weekend Family Events
- Art, Music, Fashion, Film, Performing Arts programs and other special activities.