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The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP) is an association of individuals, corporations and organizations in the state of Pennsylvania and its surrounding regions that was established in 1986. Its purpose is to promote understanding and enlightened relations between the United States and Japan.

The Society provides informative, innovative programming in order to encourage a better understanding of the business, cultural, social, educational and political practices and customs of Japan and the United States.

JASP members gain access to business, educational, cultural and social programs focusing on U.S. - Japan relations, which also provide opportunities for developing personal relationships with members of both the Japanese and American communities. Membership is extended to individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations.

The Society complements the existing array or organizations comprising the infrastructure that makes Pennsylvania attractive to Japanese business and expatriate families, as well as institutions that promote Japanese art and culture.



Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania Mission Statement

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
seeks to promote local understanding of and mutually beneficial participation in the changing
U.S.- Japan relationship by:

  • Providing relevant and timely Japan-related information to the public
  • Establishing dialogue between the state's Japanese and American business/professional communities
  • Introducing a forum for the presentation of cultural ideas and programming
  • Providing educational outreach opportunities for teachers and students
  • Promoting good will concerning the U.S.-Japan relationship

    The JASP logo, a calligraphic representation of Pittsburgh's three rivers with the city's skyline at its confluence, has been a convenient visual representation of our core mission:
    To serve as the go-to information source for and liaison between the Japanese and American business, cultural and educational communities in the Western Pennsylvania tri-state area.