Established in 2000 to promote friendly relations and cultural understanding between the people of the state of Tennessee and Japan, the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc. (JAST) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, funded by individual and corporate membership fees and grants from government institutions and private foundations. Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Society are The Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee and The Honorable Masami Kinefuchi Consul General of Japan in Nashville. Headquartered in Nashville, JAST is overseen by a 25-member volunteer Board of Directors from leading businesses, institutions and organizations from across the state.

JAST has as its Mission to deliver high value outreach initiatives that sustain and grow relationships, ignite commerce and secure a vibrant bilateral economic future for Tennessee and Japan.

Signature outreach programs and support for partner-led initiatives across the state drive JAST's role to enhance Tennessee's reputation as a welcoming environment and premier business location for Japanese-owned companies.  

テネシー日米協会は2000年に日本とテネシー州住民のお互いの文化を理解し、友情を深めるために設立されました。法人・個人会員費用により運営されている501(c)3指定の公益性の高い非営利団体です。共同名誉会長には、ビル・ハスラム テネシー州知事、そして、在ナッシュビル日本国総領事館杵淵正巳総領事、が名を連ねています。テネシー日米協会は一流企業、組織、団体からのボランティア25名による役員で運営されております。



Activities 活動内容

Annual networking receptions and support for Tennessee's business delegations to the Southeast-U.S. Japan Association Conferences each year are highlights of the organization's activities. JAST-supported programs also include the Mitsui USA Scholarships in Tennessee Program, Tennessee-Area Japanese Speech Contest, and a variety of regional events and cultural festivals “ including the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival “ as well as occasional gatherings that focus on specific aspects of business, culture and society, including lectures, seminars, exhibitions, music performances, round-table discussions and other social and networking events.


Benefits 得点

JAST members gain access to business, educational, cultural and social programs, with members of both the Japanese and American communities. Additionally, membership allows Japanese firms a way to contribute to the cultural fabric of the state, to show community interest, involvement and concern outside of Japanese circles, and to meet American business people who are doing business or are interested in Japan. Non-Japanese firms also gain opportunities to make friends and do business with Japanese residents across the state.


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