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  • 7 Mar 2023 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    Milton Davis, JASA Board member, and past JASA Board chairperson, was recently inducted into the State of Alabama’s Engineering Hall of Fame (AEHOF). The Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame was founded in 1987 by proclamation of the Governor. AEHOF honors, preserves, and perpetuates the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of individuals, projects, and corporations/institutions that have brought and continue to bring significant recognition to the State.

    Milton is a champion in the field of engineering and in Alabama. He is one of the top performing business development managers in his industry with more than 40 years of progressively challenging experiences. He is vice president of economic development for Clayco, a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering, procurement, and construction firm. Throughout his career, Davis has received several honors and awards including UA Centennial Fellow Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2010, 2012 UA Distinguished Engineering Fellow, and was selected as Engineer of the Year in 1996 by the National Society of Black Engineers. His service to engineering education and the State includes several boards and leadership positions such as past chairman of the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees, chair of the Capstone Engineering Society, and co-chair of the Economic Development Committee of Manufacture Alabama, active member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, and JASA. As a member of the Alabama Community College System, Davis is at the forefront of examining and approving measures that ensure the success of residents, businesses, and industry at Alabama’s 24 community and technical colleges. He has promoted Alabama and helped in the recruitment of numerous manufacturing projects to the State.

    Learn more about the Engineering Hall of Fame.

  • 1 Feb 2023 6:58 PM | Anonymous

    "We occupy a unique space in the United States ecosystem. We have a very long history with international companies and a unique relationship with the Japanese and the European space agencies. We work in the aerospace side, the automotive side, and the genomic research side."

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  • 1 Feb 2023 6:57 PM | Anonymous

    "Alabama's strategic strength in space and aerospace presents itself as a potential opportunity for Japanese companies looking to expand their footprint in the U.S. We plan to spend some effort in that regard as well. We believe that it's time for us to work closely with our Japanese partners to capture some of their knowledge base."

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  • 25 Oct 2022 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    JASA 2022 Annual Celebration Dinner and Business Forum was featured on Made in Alabama!

    "Alabama-Japan relationship celebrated as robust bonds strengthen"

    See the whole article here!

    About JASA 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. We recognize New and Expanding Japanese Companies across the state, hear from JASA leadership about our community's mission and goals, and honor the recipient of the Samuel Ullman Award.

  • 16 Mar 2022 1:02 PM | Anonymous


    日時:2022323日(水)午後2時~3 (ET)・午後1時~2時CT
    – ウェアラブルタブレット機能説明
    – ウェアラブルタブレットを利用した簡単なデモ
    スピーカー:亀田洋輔 (中西部/南部/南東部担当シニアセールス )




    We are hosting a webinar on Wearable XR Solution to demonstrate how wearable devices can help improve business transformation and operational efficiency. 

    At the moment, the webinar is only available in Japanese. However, if you would like us to run a similar webinar in English, please let us know. It will be our pleasure to schedule another webinar for English speakers. Here is the overview of the webinar: 


    Wearable XR Solution Demo

    ●Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

    ●Time: 2-3PM (ET)/1-2PM (CT)


       - Features of the wearable tablet by Realwear

       - Quick demo on the wearable tablet

    ●Language: Japanese


    ●Speaker: Yosuke Kameda, Senior Sales for Mid-West, South, South-East of the US



  • 16 Mar 2022 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    The AAMA Supply Chain & Logistics Conference will connect logistics providers, tiered suppliers, OEMs and more to discuss issues and solutions for Alabama's expanding Automotive Industry.

    This year's conference will also include Exhibitors with dedicated exhibitor breaks, a Special Luncheon presented by NAITA, and a Networking Reception (snacks & cash bar) following the conference.

    ***Please note, if you have registered for the full conference, lunch is already included***

    Conference Program

    Wednesday, March 23, 2022 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM CDT

    The Jackson Center 6001 Moquin Dr NW Huntsville, AL 35806

    Don't miss presentations by the Port of Huntsville, the Port of Mobile, DSV Air & Sea, Inc, Norfolk Southern, US Customs and Border Protection, Foreign Trade Zone Corporation, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, and more!

    Register Now!

  • 26 Feb 2022 5:55 PM | Anonymous

    The Japan-America Society of Washington DC is recruiting volunteers to help with this year’s National Japan Bowl competition. Now in its 30th year, the 2022 National Japan Bowl will be held online via Hopin on April 21-22 as Digital Japan Bowl III.


    Each spring the Japan-America Society of Washington DC brings together 200 of the country’s top high school-level Japanese language students for two days of competition, cultural events, and networking. The National Japan Bowl is a high-intensity competition that tests the students' knowledge of Japanese language, and of the culture, history, and social context that brings the language to life.

    JASWDC is looking for volunteers to serve as preliminary round monitors to help guide the students through the preliminary round. Volunteers are assigned to one team during each preliminary round of the competition and share the pre-recorded video of the preliminary round questions, distribute answer sheets, make sure students adhere to competition Code of Conduct. It's a rewarding position that allows volunteers to engage with the students and experience the competition questions. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not necessary. Volunteers will receive training in advance.


    For any questions, please reach out to

    DJB III Volunteer Flyer_Final.pdf

  • 10 Jan 2022 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents in Central Alabama Affected by October Severe Storms and Flooding  


    Disaster Field Operations Center East 

    Release Date: Dec. 23, 2021 Contact: Michael Lampton (404) 331-0333 

    Release Number: 22-110, AL 17289/17290 Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & Instagram 

    WASHINGTON – Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are  available to businesses and residents in Alabama following the announcement of a Presidential  disaster declaration due to severe storms and flooding on Oct. 6 - 7, 2021. 

    “SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help Alabama small businesses and residents impacted by  this disaster in every way possible under President Biden’s disaster declaration for certain affected  areas,“ said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. “We’re committed to providing federal  disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help businesses and  communities recover and rebuild.” 

    The disaster declaration covers Jefferson and Shelby counties in Alabama, which are eligible for both  Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit  organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury  Disaster Loans: Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Coosa, Saint Clair, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Walker in Alabama.  

    Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or  replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other  business assets. Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical  damages, as verified by the SBA, for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include  a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, elevation, retaining walls, and landscaping to help protect  property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster. 

    For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and  most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet  working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available  regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage. 

    Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster-damaged or  destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace  disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property. 

    Interest rates are as low as 2.855 percent for businesses, 2 percent for nonprofit organizations and  1.563 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set  by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. 

    Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at, and should apply under SBA declaration #17289, not for  the COVID-19 incident.

    To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable,  applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video  Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.  

    Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s  Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration,  Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. 

    The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Feb. 21, 2022. The deadline  to return economic injury applications is Sept. 21, 2022

    About the U.S. Small Business Administration 

    The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only  go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA  empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow  or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive  network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

  • 21 Dec 2021 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    Toyota Alabama’s Future is Electrified and Turbocharged

    Plant revs up exclusive production for two new engines, going in the 2022 Tundra!

    Huntsville, Ala. (October 18, 2021) – Together with state and community leaders, Toyota Alabama held an event to celebrate the first of Toyota’s latest engine products for the all-new 2022 Tundra to come off the production line. The new engines, a hybrid electric powered twin-turbo V6 engine and the gas-powered twin-turbo V6 engine, usher in the next era of powertrains being assembled in Huntsville.

    Toyota’s new twin-turbo V6 engine line was part of a $288 million investment that also added 450 new jobs. That represented the largest hiring need in Toyota Alabama’s history, , boosting the plant’s total employment to 1,800. Completion of this project – originally announced in February 2019 - marked the fifth expansion at Toyota Alabama. Toyota Alabama’s total cumulative investment is $1.2 billion and now boasts an annual engine capacity of 900,000.

    Toyota Alabama is the sole producer of both engine models for the 2022 Tundra in North America, creating long term employment stability for the plant’s 1,800 workers.

    “Our team members in Alabama recognize the confidence and trust Toyota places in us since we are the only plant selected to build engines for the all-new Tundra,” shared Jason Puckett, president of Toyota Alabama. “Launching the new twin-turbo V6 line and celebrating our 20th anniversary remind us here just how lucky we are to have such incredible team members who have made Toyota Alabama known as ‘the engine capital of the world’.”

    At 142 yards, both of the twin-turbo V6 engine options for the 2022 Tundra are being built on the longest Toyota engine line in North America. The V6 Turbo line will produce a new engine every 58 seconds, with a capacity to build 18,000 engines each month. These additional engines push the total capacity for Toyota Alabama engine production to up to 900,000 engines per year.

    The all-new 2022 Tundra goes on sale later this year. The standard i-FORCE 3.5L twin-turbo produces up to 389 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft of torque. The i-FORCE MAX powertrain boasts 437 horsepower and 583 lb. -ft of torque, making it the most powerful engine in the Toyota line-up.

    “For the last 20 years, our state and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama have shared a mutually beneficial relationship that has created remarkable outcomes for Alabamians,” Governor Ivey said.

    “Toyota’s $288 million investment to produce the all-new twin-turbo V6 engine continues to demonstrate that Alabama is not only open for business, but is the best place to do business.” Toyota Alabama is hiring. To learn more visit

    About Toyota

    Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships.

    Toyota has created a tremendous value chain and directly employs more than 36,000 in the U.S. The company has contributed world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 30 million cars and trucks at our 9 manufacturing plants, 10 including our joint venture in Alabama that began production is September 2021.

    To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at with an immersive experience and chance to visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit

    Media Contact:

    Bekah Schmidt


  • 23 Nov 2021 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    Please see below for a special opportunity from Natasha Lewin to participate in an HBO children's documentary featuring multicultural children and elders across America!



    Award-winning documentarians are working on a new children's documentary featuring an intergenerational conversation on what it means to be multiracial in America. As a way to highlight the diversity in experiences, their crew will interview older adults across 50 states and some of the U.S. territories.  The production is seeking to hear the stories of adults who are 70+ years old and identify with two or more races and/or families with a mixed race child between the ages of 6-12. 


    If you are interested in learning more, please contact


    No acting experience necessary.

    受賞歴のあるHBOドキュメンタリーは、アメリカで多民族であることの意味についての世代間の会話を特集した新しい子供向けドキュメンタリーに取り組んでいます。 経験の多様性を強調する方法として、彼らの乗組員は50の州といくつかの米国領土の高齢者にインタビューします。 この作品は、70歳以上で、6〜12歳の混血の子供を持つ2つ以上の人種や家族と同一視する大人の話を聞くことを目的としています。

    詳細については、natasha.lewin @ hboprod.comまでお問い合わせください。


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