Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth
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Vision Statement
The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is the catalyst for vibrant, lasting interaction between the people of North Texas and Japan, impacting lives in a spirit of enduring friendship and trust.

 

Mission
The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth furthers mutual understanding and ongoing engagement between Japanese and Americans.  We provide quality programs in arts and culture, education, business, public policy, and international exchange, and create opportunities for friendship and meaningful interaction.

History
The Japan-America Society of Dallas was founded in 1970 to promote friendship and understanding between Japanese and Americans in Dallas.  The organization changed its name in 1995 to affirm its commitment to serve the entire Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  Significant accomplishments include: raising $186,000 for earthquake and tsunami recovery in Sendai, Japan (2011); establishment of the Sun & Star Legacy Award, given annually for distinguished leadership in U.S.-Japan relations (1998); negotiation of an International Friendship City agreement between Dallas and Sendai, Japan (1997); and dedication of a Japanese stone lantern at the Dallas Arboretum in commemoration of 25 years of U.S.-Japan friendship in Dallas (1995). 

Programs & Services
To fulfill its mission, the Japan-America Society hosts a variety of educational, social and cultural, and business and public affairs programs.  The Society also offers exchange programs between Dallas and Sendai, International Friendship Cities.  The Japan-America Society further serves as a source of information about Japan-related activities and resources in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  The Society works in close cooperation with other international and Japan-focused organizations, schools, and government agencies. 

Membership
Membership in the Japan-America Society is open to all individuals, corporations, and other organizations interested in U.S.-Japan relations.  Membership offers valuable opportunities for interaction on many levels—to make new business contacts, to meet new friends, to practice language skills, and to understand cultural differences.

Governance
The Society is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of both American and Japanese business and community leaders from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Each elected director serves a three-year term, and one-third of the board is elected annually.  The day-to-day operations of the Society are managed by a fulltime Executive Director.

National Association of Japan-America Societies
The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, headquartered in Washington, D.C., which links more than 35 local Japan-America societies.  NAJAS is the only national non-profit network in the United States dedicated to public education about Japan.