April 2013 Newsletter
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April 2013 Newsletter

In this issue:

Tomodochi Festival at the Carnegie Library
Paul J Wilhem Memorial Golf Outing on May 13, 2013
US-Japan Economic Outlook and Global Corporate Strategies: May 23, 2013
Welcome Back Amy Boots
Tekkoshocon 2013 (by Amanda D’Amico JASP Intern)
Raffle Items Needed
Silk Screen Festival Launch Part

JASP Member Matthew Ketchum in NHK Documentary
The 56th International Pittsburgh Folk Festival  
Tokyo Foundation Article About Abe


Tomodochi Festival at the Carnegie Library

tomodachi_slider.jpegLooking for something fun to do on Saturday?  Please join the JASP at the 2nd Annual Tomodachi Festival at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Saturday, April 20, 2013
2 p.m.
CLP – Main, Children’s Department
4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland)

Tomodachi is a Japanese word meaning “friends.”Help us celebrate the spirit of friendship through activities, art and food that showcase Japan, its people and rich history.

Activities include:

  • Kamishibai storytelling, singing and dancing
  • Origami art
  • Kimono try-ons
  • Japanese inspired refreshments
Click here for more information.


Paul J Wilhem Memorial Golf Outing on May 13, 2013

Please register now for the Paul J Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing on
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MEPPI golfers Bob Misback, Masahiro Oya, Alex Ukai and Joe Durante from the 2012 Golf Outing.
May 13, 2013 at Valley Brook Country Club.

Click here to register now!

This is a great opportunity to spend the day with a client, treat employees on network with industry colleagues while supporting a noble cause.

Proceeds benefit JASP educational programs for students, training for teachers and an annual speech contest held in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh.


puzzple_3US-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

Click here to register now!


amy_bootsWelcome Back Amy Boots

Amy Boots, the JASP volunteer of the year in 2011, will begin her new role at the JASP from this coming Monday.  She will be handling all of the daily office management, annual golf outing duties, as well as the development of membership and programs geared to a younger market (covered by the Japan Foundation grant).  Amy lived in Okinawa as a JET, is fluent in Japanese and was in intern at the JASP from 2010-2011.  You’ll have the chance to welcome Amy at the golf outing on May 13.

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Amanda D’Amico and Katsuko Shellhammer
Tekkoshocon 2013
By Amanda D’Amico JASP Intern

The JASP participated at Tekkoshocon (Pittsburgh Anime Convention) from April 5th-7th held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. JASP hosted a workshop on Furoshiki and participated in a panel on the Great Tohoku Earthquake with JETAA, a panel with the Pittsburgh Taiko and was represented at a JASP membership table throughout the weekend by several wonderful volunteers.  The workshop and panels were welcomed by the Tekkoshocon attendees and JASP volunteers had an enjoyable time.

anime2I really enjoyed planning the Tekkoshocon event this semester. I learned a lot of scheduling and communication skills as well as improved my organizational skills. The volunteers were wonderful to work with and I have truly enjoyed my internship experience at JASP. I have been given so many opportunities at JASP to learn and the staff has been so inviting and fun to work with.


Raffle Items Needed

Raffle items are needed for the Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing. Proceeds from the golf outing support the JASP education outreach activities. Items needed are gift certificates, theater tickets, golf items, electronics, etc…, which help to make this program our largest fundraiser a success. Your donation is tax deductible. 

Contact Donna Lee Siple at 412.433.5022
or dlsiple@us-japan.org with your name and the items you would like to donate.

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galaSilk Screen Festival Launch Party

Join Silk Screen Festival and the Film Programming Team as they showcase several of the upcoming Festival Films!  Silk Screen Festival is coming May 10-19, 2013.  For a sneak peak, see here:

When: Tuesday, April 23, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Where: Pittsburgh Grille (USX Tower-600 Grant Street, http://www.pghgrille.com/)
More information: http://www.silkscreenfestival.org/

JASP Member Matthew Ketchum in NHK Documentary

JASP Member Matthew Ketchum was recently mentioned in an NHK Documentary about the Tohoku region in Japan.  Matt’s NGO, “My Japan”, is assisting in post tsunami relief in the city of Miyako. The video is in Japanese and but you can read some of the information about Matthew by going just beyond minute 3 on the video. 

Click here to view the video.

folkfestivalThe 56th International Pittsburgh Folk Festival

An annual celebration of the Pittsburgh region's cultural and ethnic diversity with showcase over 30 nationalities. Cost: $5 for adults, free for kids under 12 and Pitt students, $4 for other college students.
  • When: Friday, April 19 4:00 p.m. - Saturday, April 20 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum
  • More information: www.pghfolkfest.org
Tokyo Foundation Article About Abe

"The New Shinzo Abe: Eyes on the Prize"
image01During his first three months in office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won the public’s confidence with his forceful economic leadership, while displaying little evidence of the hawkish tendencies that have so alarmed analysts overseas. While applauding the prime minister’s newfound discipline and resolve, political analyst Katsuyuki Yakushiji warns against assessing the Abe administration’s true colors until after the crucial upper house election this summer.

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