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December 2008 Newsletter

Free Lecture and Demonstration
of a Japanese Tea Ceremony

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2008 Annual Dinner
and Auction

Shigenori Shiga and Steve
Ceurvorst are all smiles.
Diane Unkovic grasps her big ticket!
Dinner guests view auction items.
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Thanks to our 2008 Annual Dinner and Auction donors

Please click on the logo links below to learn more about our donors.

In mid-November, I traveled to Houston to attend the premier North American Social Studies Educators conference and together with my Japanese colleagues and Sam Shepherd, Director of the National Association of Japan America Societies, help roll out the 2009 Keizai Koho (KKC) Fellowship.

For the last five years, the Society has been administering and serving as the stateside representative of this prestigious Fellowship.

For almost 30 years now, the KKC Fellowship has afforded American and Canadian educators the opportunity to travel to Japan at the beginning of each summer. Ten participants per year are selected to visit schools and corporations, enjoy a homestay and have the chance to experience contemporary Japan first hand.

The Keizai Koho Center (The Japanese Institute for Economic Affairs) works in cooperation with large Japanese business associations with the goal of fostering an understanding of Japanese business, education and culture and encouraging KKC participants to incorporate what they've experienced into their lesson plans.

The KKC Fellowship is a fully funded 10-day tour, and the application deadline is February 28, 2009.

Click here to download the KKC brochure.

Questions? Please call the JASP office, 412.567.5023 or email

The Future of Global Capital Markets
Live Web Event
Noon, Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Magnus Böcker, President of NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. offers a behind-the-headlines look at the world’s largest electronic stock market and offers his unique insights on the future of global capital markets, including global consolidation of stock exchanges, the current capital raising environment, convergence of regulation, as well as Japan’s economic opportunities in this new environment. As the leader of a market that Barron’s has recently called a “global juggernaut,” Mr. Böcker provides his perspective on the challenges and opportunities associated with reaching global investors and the role NASDAQ OMX will play in connecting the world’s markets.

Speaker: Magnus Bocker, President, NASDAQ OMX

Presider: Merit Janow, Professor in the Practice of International Economic Law and International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Chairwoman, Board of Directors, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

Click here for more information.

Bankokushi – World History in Meiji Japan
4:00 pm, Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Opening presentation of Pitt’s World History Seminar by visiting scholar at Pitt’s World History Center, Professor Shingo Minamizuka (Hosei University, Japan). 3703 Posvar Hall. Japanese scholars and officials began translating Western – and especially American – books on world history and world civilization soon after the 1868 Meiji restoration. Prof. Minamizuka traces the evolution of this genre up to WWI and discusses its implications for Japanese study of world history in times since then.

ANA presents “NIPPON EIGA”
Series in Pittsburgh
“Happy Flight”
7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 5, 2009

Supported by Japan America Society of PA

Shinobu Yaguchi brought feelings of laughter, tears, and exhilaration to audiences in Japan with his films about boys' synchronized swimming and girls' high school big band jazz. The theme of his latest film is "airplanes" of all things! Yaguchi's intent was to create a more realistic, completely new film that oversees all corners of the aviation industry. He interviewed the various sections to create his story, to understand just how many people are involved in making a single airplane take off and land

Place: Regent Square Theater, 1035 South Braddock Ave., Edgewood, PA. 15218

Free Admission RSVP by Saturday, February 1, 2009: www.newyork-tokyo.com/wp/pit

2008/Japan/103min/Japanese with English subtitles

Echoes from the Distant Past:
Music & Musical Instruments of Ancient China, Japan, and Korea
1 p.m., Friday, February 20, 2009

Music dept. Colloquium Series. Half-day Symposium and Concert sponsored by ASC and the Music dept. Three paper presentations by Ingrid Furniss (Univ. of Texas, Arlington), Bell Yung (Univ. of Pittsburgh), and Bo Lawergren (Emeritus, Hunter College, NYC), followed by a recital of harp and kugo by Tomoko Sugawara (NYC). Dining Room A of the William Pitt Union.

Free to a good home:
Unusual copper cooker/warmer, possibly used for tofu and perhaps other foods. If interested please contact Jan Sargent: janet.sargert@verizon.net janet.sargert@verizon.net

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