Annual Dinner

Each year, the Japan-America Society of Alabama hosts a special reception and fundraiser to allow our members and guests from all over Alabama to gather, network, and dine with a special program to celebrate the JASA community. Stay tuned for more information on our next event in Fall 2018!

Our twenty-eighth Annual Dinner was hosted at Regions Field on September 07, 2017.


We welcomed guest speaker Peter Kelley, President of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, to discuss the role of JASA in grassroots relationship between Japan and Alabama communities, the network of Japan America Societies nationally, and the current state of affairs in U.S.-Japan relations.



Special Guests Hollie Pegg and Vince Perez from the Alabama Department of Commerce to recognize our New and Expanding Japanese Companies in Alabama:

Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. : Athens, AL ;Newman Technology of Alabama, Inc. : Albertville, AL; Nifco Korea USA Inc. : Montgomery, AL; North American Lighting, Inc. : Muscle Shoals, AL; Panasonic avionics : Mobile, AL; Rainsville Technology, Inc. : Rainsville, AL; Sanoh America, Inc. : Scottsboro, AL; Topre America Corporation : Cullman, AL; Touchstone Precision, Inc. : Auburn, AL; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama : Huntsville, AL; Truck & Wheel Group : Tuscaloosa, AL; UNIPRES Alabama, Inc. : Steele, AL; Yorozu Automotive Alabama, Inc. : Jasper, AL


Congratulations to our 2017 Samuel Ullman Award Winner, Mark Jackson! Mark was named Alabama’s Honorary Consul General of Japan in 2014. Working in this capacity, he has been very effective in promoting programs and furthering relationships with Japanese individuals, companies and cities. He has been very active in his relationship with the Japanese Consulate, and his leadership with Japanese Sister Cities is both exceptional and unparalleled. We are thankful to have his support as JASA grows!



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