JASO 2020 Programs & Events

Weds January 15, 6-9pm Shinnenkai at EcoTrust, 721 NW 9th Ave, Portland. Photos here.

January – March, Winter Term, Japanese Language Classes for Business Purposes

Weds February 19, 11:15am-1:30pm Women in Leadership: Breaking Barriers, Hilton downtown Portland, 925 SW 6th Ave. Photos here.

Sat February 22, 9am-5pm Pacific Northwest Japan Bowl at Clark College, Vancouver WA. Photos here.

Thurs March 5th, 6-8pm GOLD MEMBERS & ABOVE ONLY Cross-Cultural Workshop for Japanese employees in the US.

April – June, Spring Term, Japanese Language Classes for Business Purposes

Thurs April 23rd, 6-8pm GOLD MEMBERS & ABOVE ONLY Cross-cultural Workshop for US employees at Japanese companies in the US.

Fri May 1st, 12-1pm, Business Speaker Series – How the US & Japanese Governments Have Responded to the Covid-19 Crisis: An Economic Overview, with Hiro Ito, Chair, Economics Department at Portland State University

Sat May 30th, JASO NEXT Happy Hour (Young Pro Group)

Tues June 2nd, 12 noon, Member Spotlight with Sora Shodo on Facebook Live. Video here.

Fri June 12th, 8-9:30pm, Virtual Netflix Party

Tues June 16th, 8-9am, JASO New Member Orientation.

Wednesday July 1, 3-4:30pm, Business Speaker Series – Columbia Sportswear and the Global Pandemic: How One Company is Weathering the Storm, with Tim Boyle, Chair, President & CEO.

Saturday July 18th, 6-8pm, Virtual Beer Garden

Tuesday July 21st, 4-5:30pm, Business Speaker Series – A Fireside Chat with Junki Yoshida.

September – November, Fall Term, Japanese Language Classes for Business Purposes

Thursday October 15th, 5-6:30pm, Business Speaker Series – How Japan Maneuvers Within the US-China Rivalry, with Shujiro Urata, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Affairs at Waseda University

Saturday November 21st, Toyama Cup – college student speech contest

Friday December 4th, 5-6:30pm, Virtual Celebration – A High Quality, Diligent Life: How Portland Sensibility Drives Japanese City Design, with ZGF Architects. Registration open here.

Community Calendar

Sun Jan 26th, Mochitsuki, Japan Festival at PSU. 11am-4pm.

Thurs Feb 6th, Postwar Japan: A Pre-Postmortum with Carol Glick at PSU center for Japanese Studies, from 6pm. Free. SMSU 327

Feb 25, The Future of Japan: The Imperial House into Changing Definitions of What it Means to be Japanese with Ken Ruoff at PSU Center for japanese Studies, from 6pm. Free. SMSU 327

May 19, ONLINE – The World Economy & Market Outlook, Tohru Sasaki, JPMorgan Tokyo. Free. To register shoko.a.glover@jpmorgan.com.

June 3, 10, 18, 25 ONLINE – What’s Next for Innovation? Speaker Series by JETRO San Francisco. Details and registration .

Oct 6, Model Minority Ideology and Anti-Blackness in Japanese American History, with Scott Kurashiga, TCU at PSU Center for Japanese Studies

Oct 11, Mask Dance of the Three Nations: Japan, Korea & China, Consular Office of Japan in Portland

Nov 17, The OIST Experiment, Building a World-Class Science & Technology University in Okinawa, at PSU Center for Japanese Studies

Dec 18, JASO NEXT Virtual Sake Tasting and end of the year celebration