Mission

The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth furthers mutual understanding and ongoing engagement between Japanese and Americans. We provide quality programs in arts and culture, education, business, public policy, and international exchange, and create opportunities for friendship and meaningful interaction.

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Vision

The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is the catalyst for vibrant, lasting interaction between the people of North Texas and Japan, impacting lives in a spirit of enduring friendship and trust.

History

The Japan-America Society of Dallas was founded in 1970 to promote friendship and understanding between Japanese and Americans in Dallas. The organization changed its name in 1995 to affirm its commitment to serve the entire Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Significant accomplishments include:

  • Facilitating the Dallas-Sendai Young Ambassadors exchange program on a yearly basis (2013-2015)
  • Raising $186,000 for earthquake and tsunami recovery in Sendai, Japan (2011)
  • Establishment of the Sun & Star Legacy Award, given annually for distinguished leadership in U.S.-Japan relations (1998)
  • Negotiation of an International Friendship City agreement between Dallas and Sendai, Japan (1997)
  • Dedication of a Japanese stone lantern at the Dallas Arboretum in commemoration of 25 years of U.S.-Japan friendship in Dallas (1995)

National Association of Japan-America Societies

The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, headquartered in Washington, D.C., which links more than 35 local Japan-America societies. NAJAS is the only national non-profit network in the United States dedicated to public education about Japan.

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