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  • 13 Jan 2021 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and The Japan Foundation, New York  have partnered to launch a mask designing contest called "Mask Up 2020"! Participants of all ages are welcome.

    The deadline to submit your design is January 22, 2021 at 6pm (EST). To learn more and sign up for the contest, click the link below. Good luck to all participants!


  • 7 Jan 2021 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    Jefferson State International Program Presentations

    Jefferson State Community College's 2020 International Education Week placed a special focus on Japan and Japanese culture! View recordings of two events here.

    Conversation with Mark Jackson, Honorary Consul of Japan in Birmingham, Alabama – November 2020

    Conversation with Jolie Thevenot – Executive Director of the Japan-American Society of Alabama

  • 22 Dec 2020 4:17 PM | Anonymous






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  • 13 Nov 2020 1:47 PM | Anonymous



    Looking for English language opportunities? The University of Alabama's English Language Institute is now offering special 3-week courses year-round for improving English language ability and learning about southern US culture.

    Visit http://international.ua.edu/eli/yes/ for more information.

  • 23 Oct 2020 4:30 PM | Anonymous


    Tayō-sei: Japanese Language and Cultural Exchange Program



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    Application Deadline: November 3, 2020

    Application form available at bottom of page.

    Applicants will be notified of status by November 10, 2020

    Tayō-sei is a virtual Japanese language and culture seminar series for Black and LatinX college students at schools across the four states served by the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association Southeast (JETAASE): Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

    The free course provides an opportunity for students underrepresented in studying or working abroad in Japan, specifically for those from LatinX backgrounds and students of color, to develop an interest in studying and living abroad in Japan among this cohort. This course will give them the opportunity to consider Japan as an option in the trajectory of their lives.

    We’re looking for students who:

    • Have a passion for global languages and cultures
    • Are interested in Japan, but have not taken any Japanese language classes or travelled to Japan
    • Identify as a student of color or have a Latinx background
    • Are enrolled in a U.S. university (especially community college or historically black colleges and universities)

    Preference will be given to students who have not taken Japanese classes or traveled to Japan, who attend historically black colleges and universities, who are first generation college students, and who are community college students.

    This program is completely free and funded by a grant from the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. 

    Recognition of Completion:

    At the end of the series, JETAASE and USJETAA will award students a certificate of completion. Each student will be mailed a printed certificate and a small assortment of Japanese sweets. To receive the final recognition, students must attend 3 of the 4 required classes and submit the final survey.


    • There will be four sessions total.
    • The first three sessions will each have a different guest speaker and a Japanese lesson.
    • The final session will be a final wrap reflection on what you've learning and providing resources on pursuing Japanese language, study abroad, or work after college. 

    **JASA is not affiliated with this program offered by USJETAA.

  • 4 Sep 2020 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    The Birmingham Historical Society has compiled an impressive piece on the life and legacy of Samuel Ullman. 

    Samuel Ullman and the Poem "Youth"

    "Civic, religious, and educational leader, Samuel Ullman penned the poem “Youth” in this Birmingham residence. Ullman was 78. The poem sums up his philosophy of purpose and service, and the optimism that defined his life and continues to inspire." - Birmingham Historical Society, August 2020

    Find the full story on their website:



    Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

    Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

    Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

    Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing, child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.

    When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.

  • 23 Jul 2020 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    "Alabama man thinks three lines can change the world"


    "Scotty Colson of Birmingham and Toru Suzuki of Hitachi, Japan, are trying to bring the worlds closer with haiku." Read more on AL.com!

  • 12 May 2020 5:37 PM | Anonymous

    The National Association of Japan-America Societies has shared with us a private webinar. Join Chairman Dave Shear as he discusses Diplomatic Challenges in Asia and answers questions from JAS representatives across the country.

    "Diplomatic Challenges in Asia"


    Participating in the audience were leaders from 27 Japan-America Societies, from Boston, Colorado, Dallas/Fort Worth, Georgia, Greater Austin, Greater Cincinnati, Greater Philadelphia, Hawaii, Houston, Indiana, Kansas City, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Orleans, New York, North Carolina, Northern California, Northwest Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, St. Louis, South Carolina, Southern California, Tennessee, Toronto, the State of Washington and Washington DC participating, along with NAJAS Board members.

  • 15 Apr 2020 10:27 AM | Anonymous

    One Week left to register for the Free Online Trauma-Informed Interpreter Training by AshaKiran

    If you wish to reduce the language gap by helping people within your community with your language skills, this is the perfect training!

    Go ahead and apply by clicking on the link below. Please feel free to reply back with any questions. 

    Thanks and stay safe!

    Training details

    Schedule- April 28- May 26, 2020 from 6pm -8pm. 

    Where- adobe connect platform

    In person workshop- June 6-7, 2020

    Where- Central Alabama (venue tbd)

    ( In person can be shifted to online or postponed. Participants will be informed accordingly before May end)

    Other requirements:

    • Complete online quiz after each webinar.
    • Donate 10 volunteer hours for AshaKiran or any other crisis organisation.( AshaKiran will let the participants know of any volunteer opportunities)
    • Shadow other experienced interpreters.(AshaKiran will try to connect the participants with other interpreters).  

    (All in person requirements to be adjusted pending public health status).

    Deadline to apply- April 21, 2020

    Link to apply: https://forms.gle/Nvt2RHFS1ic6N6YB6


    For more information and registration: 

    http://ashakiran.com/Jul2017/trauma-informed-interpreting-2  OR

    contact ladv@ashakiranonline.org

  • 11 Apr 2020 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    Please see a message below from the US - Japan Council as well as a personal message from our Honorary Consul General on the recent passing of Irene Hirano Inouye.

    Message from the USJC Board of Directors Chair Phyllis Campbell

    It is with profound sadness that I must inform you of the passing of U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano Inouye on April 7, following an extended illness. We extend our deepest condolences to her family.   

    I know we are all devastated by this news. Irene was a singular figure in U.S.-Japan relations, respected by leaders on both sides of the Pacific as she carried out the mission of USJC. Since the founding of the Council, she infused the organization with her wisdom and entrepreneurial spirit, kept her pulse on every aspect of USJC while keeping her eye on the strategic vision, and managed to approach every challenge with fearlessness and determination.    

    Back in January when she wrote to the USJC membership about her plans to retire later this year and assist in the Board of Directors’ search for a new CEO, she expressed the hope that her leadership of USJC will have made a lasting contribution to the U.S.-Japan relationship. Serving as president of the U.S.-Japan Council, she wrote, “has been an honor of a lifetime.”  

    I hope Irene realized that it was actually our honor to have known her. Many of you have your own wonderful memories of Irene from USJC, from her community activities, and from her previous positions, including as the president and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum. For me, she was and always will be an inspiration and a model of leadership. 

    While current circumstances will prevent us from gathering in person to pay tribute to Irene, her family will share with us any plans for a future memorial service after the current global crisis has ended. Her family has asked that, in lieu of flowers or cards, donations be made in Irene’s name to the U.S.-Japan Council. 

    In addition to her leadership of USJC, Irene’s professional and community activities included serving as Chair and Trustee, Ford Foundation; Chair and Trustee, Kresge Foundation; Chair, Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Center; Chair of the Advisory Board, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, University of California at Los Angeles; Trustee, Washington Center; Trustee, Independent Sector, and member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; member of the Advisory Board, Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy, Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California; Chair, Board of Directors of the American Association of Museums; Board Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Member, National Board Smithsonian Institution; member, Toyota Corporation’s Diversity Advisory Board; member, Business Advisory Board of Sodexho Corporation; President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities by Presidential appointment; and Chair, California Commission on the Status of Women. 

    Until a new CEO is named, Irene’s responsibilities at USJC will be supported by Chief Operating Officer Terri Swetnam and Executive Vice President Laura Winthrop Abbot. 

    In the meantime, I know you join me in mourning the loss of a most vibrant and iconic woman, who graced us with her friendship and extraordinary leadership.  

    Very sincerely yours,


    Message from Mark Jackson, Honorary Consul General of Japan in Alabama


    Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye

    It is with great personal sadness that I learned of Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye’s passing earlier today.

    Throughout her life, she dedicated herself to the success of the Japan-USA relationship. Having been the wife of Japan-born US Senator Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) and the founder/CEO of the US Japan Council, she never tired of promoting the cause of Tomodachi (friendship) between the two countries.

    Hers was a story that spanned a lifetime.

    Her many accomplishments are catalogued across Japan and the United States; most recently in Alabama.

    Her bold keynote speech at the Japan America Society of Alabama 30th Anniversary Annual Dinner in September 2019, heralded the commitment both nations made to each other and to the world. She spoke of her life, her struggles, her successes and of her partnership with her husband. Her speech was informational and inspiring.

    All who were in attendance will remember her presentation.

    The executive director of JASA, Ms. Jolie Thevenot, summed up her feelings by saying “the confidence and passion with which she spoke was infectious and incredibly motivating for me in my work with JASA.” She further added, “it was a night I will always remember”.

    We will miss Mrs. Inouye. She left her mark on the world by making it a better place. Why? The answer is simple- because she cared.

    -8 April, 2020

    Mark Jackson

    Honorary Consul General of Japan


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Vestavia Hills, AL 35216


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