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  • 6 Jun 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Sakura Radio is an Internet Radio community that offers a wide range of programs such as health recipes for families, childcare consultations, health hours, legal advice for business and business discourses, live entertainment, culture, celebrity interviews, and  immediate broadcasts in the case of an emergency.

    Check out their website to find out more!

    Take a peak at the schedule to listen to the talk show, LIVE news or local program.

  • 6 Jun 2019 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    Japan-America Society of North West Florida is hosting the Gulf Coast Appraise-A-Thon.

    Get 3 items apprised for just $10.
    Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    Garth's Antiques, 3930 W. Navy Blvd.

    Appraisal proceeds will help fund local middle school student exchanges with Pensacola's Japanese sister city, Gero.

    For more info, please email

  • 30 May 2019 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    Are you bilingual? Do you have a desire to help those in your community who are in crisis? Consider becoming an interpreter!

    Who should attend:  Fully fluent bilingual individuals in Alabama who have a desire to help crisis victims in 

    their community. This training is designed to teach professional interpreting -- and prepare participants for working 

    with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other violence. 

    Participants also learn interpreting procedures for common settings (Immigration, Counseling, etc.) and cultural

    competencies (LGBTQ, Disabilities, etc.).  

    Course requirements:  Total of 42 hours training through a combination of online sessions, full-day in-person 

    workshop, practicum and final interview.

    Benefits:  Complete this training to become eligible to contract with AshaKiran for paid assignments — in cities 

    throughout Alabama. And, use your valuable language skills to make a difference in your cultural community!

    Trainers:  Our lead trainer, Carola E. Green, has 20+ years experience in professional interpreting as well as teaching 

    and training interpreters. She is co-author of several national publications about interpreting in the legal 

    and medical fields including the innovative curriculum “Breaking Silence: Interpreting for Victim Services.”

    Other trainers include AshaKiran staff and subject matter experts who have experience working with

    victims and/or victim service providers. 

    Seating is limited, so apply early! Deadline to apply is July 2.  

    Application fee is $25. There is no additional cost for this training, however we 

    request 10 volunteer hours for AshaKiran and/or our partners. 

    Application and Course Schedule:   2019 Interpreter Training

    Information:     (256) 509-1882 or (800) 793-3010   

  • 23 Mar 2019 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    Japanese cuisine, or washoku, offers invaluable opportunities to think about how we understand ourselves and our world. These include, among others, the intersection of the modern and traditional, local and global, rural and urban, nature and society, taste and waste, our futures and the future of our planet. This program is based in the city of Osaka “the food capital of Japan”. Students explore the food cultures and systems of contemporary Japan through interdisciplinary, multi-sensual learning experiences. Students learn the philosophical and historical foundation of washoku as well as basic culinary techniques through intensive cooking sessions, and they broaden and deepen their culinary experience by critically engaging in the culture and politics of sustainability in seminar sessions. We also visit wholesale markets where hundreds of food ingredients and products are brought in and re-distributed, engage in field studies at a soy sauce distillery, sake brewery, and a small-scale farming village as well as historical temples in Nara and Kyoto. The program is designed by Gustolab International and hosted in cooperation with Osaka Shoin Women’s University, one of the first liberal arts women’s colleges established in Osaka and now running the nation’s first food studies program.

    Deadline: March 25, 2019

    Program Dates: May 26 - June 23, 2019

    Eligibility: Students interested in Japanese culture, language, or business. Prior language study is encouraged, but not required. Professionals and graduate students in food or environment related fields are encouraged to inquire.

    Cost: $ 4,750.00 USD

  • 15 Mar 2019 11:14 AM | Anonymous

    "There is no doubt that the Asia Pacific region is one of the most critical to the world’s economy, just as there is no doubt that the U.S. needs to have a strong ally there.

    That was the basis of the “Geostrategy in the Grassroots” presentation that the Japan-America Society of Alabama (JASA) hosted Tuesday at University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business.

    Driving the point closer to home, Japan is the second largest source of foreign direct investment in Alabama – thanks in large part, but not limited to, the automotive industry.

    Read more about March 12th's event at Alabama 
    News Center here!

  • 15 Mar 2019 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Incremental Website Globalization and Cross-border eCommerce Strategies




    AITC Webinar -  Incremental Website Globalization and Cross-border eCommerce Strategies

    March 20th, 2019 – 12:00 Noon Central Time

    Cost: Free

    Quick, affordable and non-techy ways to optimize your website for incremental global expansion and Cross-border eCommerce Strategies

    While cross-border online sales will reach $1 trillion by 2020 74% of merchants are not prepared to service their top markets. Hear straight-talking insights on how to tap into global markets via ecommerce and learn actionable take-aways you can apply to your growth strategy immediately.

    • Learn how to start your incremental journey to global sales through ecommerce channels with plug-ins and tools at the lowest cost possible with minimal in-house tech support.
    • Learn how to use government grant money to convert your transactional site into a global-ready sales channel and marketing your products overseas.

    This webinar is for online merchants of products and services looking to increase engagement and sales conversion with overseas clients. Whether you sell manufactured goods, packaged foods, apparel, cosmetics or software solutions, we will provide input as to why doing any of the following will make or break your conversation and how you can get started:

    • Display a pop-up welcome message in 10 languages
    • Display the prices in your visitor’s local currency
    • Facilitate payments in 200 currencies
    • Calculate the total landed cost for your customers
    • Translate your checkout and emails automatically
    • Find support resources and product category experts
    • Reduce your shipping costs with preferred rates
    • Protect against global fraudulent transactions

    In partnership with: 


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  • 1 Mar 2019 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    Japan 2019 aims to broaden understanding of an interest in Japanese culture in the United States through two programs: the Japan 2019 Official Program featuring a series of events co-organized or supported by the Japan Foundation, mainly in New York and Washington, D.C., and the Japan 2019 Associated Program, featuring affiliated events organized by public and private entities to introduce Japanese culture and promote exchange between Japan and the U.S.

    Check out the link below!

  • 1 Mar 2019 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    Anyone with at least beginner level Japanese language ability are invited to the upcoming U.S. Career Forum exclusively for domestic positions.
    Attendees will have the opportunity to submit resumes, interview, and even receive offers of employment during the one-day event. 

    Career Forum registration and attendance are entirely free.

    U.S. Career Forum 2019 (in New York)
    March 30 (Sat.), 2019
    * All positions in the U.S. using Japanese
    * Anyone with legal U.S. work permission welcome
    * Attendance Support available

    If you have questions about any of the Career Forums, please contact us at

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • 1 Mar 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    A new book about Japan has been published andavailable online at!

    Written by Fukuoka resident, Andrew Thomson, Bridge to the Gods: Tales From Kyushu, assists the reader in understanding where Japanese culture began, And where the country may go in the future. It discusses topics on Shinto, rice, tea, Christian samurai, food, politics, organized crime, and more.

  • 28 Feb 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    CHOKO KIMURA AIKEN and NANAHO CHIBA will introduce traditional and contemporary Japanese music by focusing on differences between US and Japanese customs and cultures.

    Choko was born and raised in Japan and began studying classical piano at the age of three and later piano, violin, voice, and music theory at colleges in Tokyo and Fukuoka as well as traveling to the United States to study jazz in Los Angeles and New York.Her "Imagination" album, made in Los Angeles in 2011, was featured in that year’s February issue of JAZZIZ magazine. Choko has also performed many genres in Japan, including jazz, salsa, latin, classical, gospel, and pop. She left her long-time group Tri-Voices and other bands to relocate to Birmingham in January 2013. Since that time, Choko has enjoyed playing in the Magic City at many of its local venues, including the 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, Moss Rock Festival, Creek Bank Festival, Mt. Brook Arts Festival, and Eric Essix Jazz Escape. She has been Guest Pianist at the 2015 Supper Jazz Concert, 2016 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, and 2017 Jazz in the Park. She looks forward to continuing with her main goal of simply making people happy with her music. For more information, please see:


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