2019 Annual Dinner

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JASA's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate with us as we reflect on our past thirty years as a society and look forward to growth in the years to come.

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. Our 2019 Annual Dinner Celebration will be held on August 22 at 6:00pm.

Join us as we look back over thirty years of strengthening the bond between Japan and Alabama. We look forward to welcoming many JASA past presidents and Samuel Ullman Award past recipients as we celebrate our history and move forward together as a community.

See below for registration information and photos from last year's event or contact executivedirector@jasaweb.org for more information.


Our program...

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America Shinsuke J. Sugiyama

Special Guest - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America Shinsuke J. Sugiyama

We are honored to welcome Ambassador Sugiyama to Alabama for our Annual Dinner celebration. His visit to Birmingham this August will not only commemorate JASA's 30th year of promoting the relationship between our state and Japan but showcase how much Japan treasures its partnership with Alabama. 

Keynote Speaker - Irene Hirano Inouye

We are thrilled to welcome Irene Hirano Inouye, founding President of the U.S. - Japan Council, as our 30th Anniversary keynote speaker. Ms. Hirano Inouye is President of the U.S.-Japan Council, where she oversees the organization and administers the TOMODACHI Initiative. She is the former President and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum, a position she held for twenty years. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and an honorary doctorate degree from SMU. Ms. Hirano Inouye has extensive experience in nonprofit administration, community education and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide. Her activities include serving as Chair, Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Center; Trustee, The Washington Center; former Trustee and past Chair, Ford Foundation; and former Trustee and past Chair, Kresge Foundation. She was married to the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii.   

We look forward to hearing about her work and her commitment to strengthening relations between our countries!


Dine and converse with fellow Japanese and American industry and community leaders and enjoy the community of the JASA network. The 2019 program includes traditional Japanese performances, a special guest speaker, and a wonderful view of Birmingham from The Club.

New and Expanding Companies

We will recognize the Alabama Department of Commerce’s 2018 new and expanding Japanese companies to showcase the significant economic impact of Japan on our state and show our appreciation for those who have chosen to call Alabama home.

The Samuel Ullman Award

The Japan-America Society of Alabama initiated the Samuel Ullman Award in 1992 to recognize those who have made significant contributions toward the advancement of the relationship between Japan and Alabama. We will honor the 27th recipient of the award during our celebration.

Our venue...


1 Robert S Smith Drive

Birmingham, AL 35205

Check-in: 5:45 pm to 6:15 pm

Reception: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Dinner: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sponsorship Information

*All sponsorships include signage and verbal recognition during the event as well as recognition in our 2019 commemorative program. 

Please view our sponsorship information and ticket packages here. 


Tel: +1 (205) 703-0960

2081 Columbiana Rd #10

Vestavia Hills, AL 35216


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