May 2013 Newsletter
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May 2013 Newsletter

In this issue:

US-Japan Economic Outlook and Global Corporate Strategies: May 23, 2013
Paul J Wilhem Memorial Golf Outing
Japan: Land of the Rising Sun Shiner
Japanese Films Showing This Weekend in Pittsburgh
Japan in the Schools
EITC at JASP Deadline July 1
Ambassador John Mallot on "Soft Power"
New Members
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Visits Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Taiko Elects New Officers



US-Japan Economic Outlook and Global Corporate Strategies: May 23, 2013

This high-level luncheon event will focus on the future economic outlook for Japan and the United States - and how economic, political, and security concerns may impact the global business of both countries. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about Hitachi America, Ltd. corporate strategies from Hitachi’s Chairman.

jasp_1 Mr. Matthew Goodman
William E. Simon
Chair in Political Economy
Center for Strategic & International
jasp_2 Mr. Takashi Hatchoji
Hitachi America, Ltd

Last chance to register! Don't miss this opportunity!


Paul J. Wilhem Memorial Golf Outing Photos


2013 Winners
Michael Basil, John Matune, Marinos Ioannides, and Don Rakoci

Thanks to the outstanding support from our sponsors, the hard work of our staff and volunteers and an enthusiastic field of golfers, the 2013 Paul J. Wilhelm Golf Outing was a success. The generosity of our sponsors and our golfers’ loyalty to this event are constants for which we are truly grateful. That support allows the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania to continue to expand our programs and outreach and pursue our mission. 

Click here to see more photos!


Japan: Land of the Rising Sun Shiner


Join Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum and JASP board member, for a 10-day journey through Japan.  Japan: Land of the Rising Sun Shiner, will take tour participants through Eric’s personal favorites from the six years he lived in Japan.  Following the 10-day journey, you are invited to join Eric for an optional extension to Koyassan for a stay at a Buddhist monastery complex set in the high hills of Wakayama.

The dates for the trip are March 25 – April 4, 2014 (departure from the United States on March 24, 2014) with the optional extension to Koyassan, April 4-5, 2014.  Deadline for registration is May 18, 2013.

Please click here for more information.


Japanese Films Showing this Weekend in Pittsburgh

The Silk Screen Asian Film Festival brings three Japanese films and a host of other Asian films to Pittsburgh over the next couple of weeks.  This weekend there are three Japanese films being shown – Key of Life on May 17 and Asura and Tatsumi on Anime Film Night, May 18.  Click here for detailed information about screening times and details about all the films in the festival.

Click here to see the full festival schedule.

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The end of the school year is upon us and what a year it has been for the Japan in the Schools program offered by the JASP.  Volunteers, coordinated by Katsuko Shellhammer, have introduced over 3000 area students to Japanese culture, customs, language, food, storytelling and more.  Look at the schools we’ve served in the 2012-2013 school year!

Allderdice High School
Avonworth Middle School
Brentwood High School
Camp Konnichiwa at Carnegie Library
Carnegie Art Museum
Chartier's Valley High School
City Charter School
Carnegie Mellon University
Grandview Elementary School
Greater Works Christian School
Harrold Middle School
Homeville Elementary School
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Kennywood Asian Day
Manchester Craftsman’s Guild
North American Karate and Fitness
Norwin High School
Penn Middle School
Penn State Erie
University of Pittsburgh
Nationality Room Open House
Pittsburgh Obama
Sacred Heart Elementary
Shady Side Academy Middle School
Slippery Rock University
St. Irenaeus School
Stream Elementary School


If you would like your school to benefit from this fantastic program, please click here to find out more.


EITC at JASP Deadline July 1
You can support the Japan in the Schools program through the educational improvement tax credits (EITC) from the State.  We need your help to receive those funds. Please consider sending your tax dollars to the JASP rather than Harrisburg.  Time to apply is drawing near – new corporate applications must be submitted on July 1, 2013. Please find a link to the application by visiting Your support through the EITC program could fund the JIS for the next two years and allow the JASP to develop new outreach programs. 



Ambassador John Malott on "Soft Power"

In June 2012, Ambassador John Malott,  President and CEO of the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C. was asked to speak at an international conference in D.C. about Japanese "soft power"/cultural diplomacy and what he does at JASW to promote Japanese culture. He also talked about the appeal that Japanese culture has long had for America and the West.

The organizers, a German group called the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, recently posted it on YouTube

New Members

The JASP welcomes new members:

Jim Knapp
Carol Winder
Oliver Schmidt

MotegiMinister of Economy, Trade and Industry Visits Pittsburgh

JASP member Sumitomo Corporation of America, together with its affiliate, Summit Discovery Resources, received a mission from Japan headed by Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in Pittsburgh on Saturday, May 4.   He toured the Marcellus Shale development and production site in Butler County where Sumitomo participates in the development of shale gas together with the State College based company, Rex Energy.
Exporting LNG (liquid natural gas) exports from the US is a hot political and economical topic in the gas industry. The minister's visit to Pittsburgh followed his Washington, D.C. to discuss energy issues including LNG. 

Click here to view a Japanese TV news report about the visit.

Pittsburgh Taiko Elects New Officers

Congratulations to Pittsburgh Taiko’s new officers! 

President - Gaby Fabrizi
Performance Coordinator - Roger Walker
Business Manager - Mikana Maeda

taiko1The group performed at a reception for the "Japan is the Key" exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Art on March 28.  Said Barbara Tucker, Director of Individual Giving, "The event was a one of a kind celebration that the august group of Carnegie Museum of Art Fellows are still raving about."

Pittsburgh Taiko is available to perform at your event. To schedule a performance, click here.

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