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October 2008 Newsletter
Japan Gets New Prime Minister, Veteran of the Governing Party
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
5 - 6 p.m.
Changing Gender Roles in Japan

University of Pittsburgh anthropologist Dr. Keith Brown will give a lecture on Changing Gender Roles in Japan. Allen Hall, Room 106

To register: wbennett@us-japan.org


Monday, October 27, 2008
2008 JASP Annual Dinner & Silent Auction



Silent Auction: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 7 p.m.

The JASP is pleased to announce the guest speaker for the 2008 annual dinner is Dr. Aris Candris, Westinghouse President and Chief Executive Officer.

Aris Candris is responsible for all Westinghouse global operations. He became president and CEO of Westinghouse July 1, 2008. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Candris served as senior vice president, Nuclear Fuel, providing fuel fabrication, components and services to commercial nuclear power plants worldwide. He began his Westinghouse career in 1975 as a senior engineer in the former Advanced Reactor Division.

Dr. Candris holds a B.A. in physics, math and engineering from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Look for our next email blast to find out more about our auction items.

Click here for more details about the event on our web site.

Donor Opportunities

A silent auction is part of the event in order to raise funds for the Society’s programs and educational outreach activities. We are seeking donations of merchandise, gift certificates or services. All donors will be recognized in the official program book. Please use the (bilingual) links below for details:

Donation Letter from our Chairman

Silent Auction Request Form

The JASP expects approximately 300 people, both Japanese and Americans, to attend the event. This auction presents a great opportunity to publicize your organization and its products and services to a new audience.

Questions? Please email the JASP at jasp@us-japan.org, or call the JASP office at (412) 433-5021.

Dragon Boat Festival
The annual festival features traditional Asian music, dance, and food, plus arts and crafts for children. Festival goers have an opportunity to purchase Asian art, clothing, jewelry, fans, and much more.

American “enka” singer Jero visits Pittsburgh and the JASP!
LaShonda Bennett and Jero

JASP team attends the Governor’s Conference for Women
LaShonda Bennett, Wendy Bennett
and Kelly Chaney

Sushi and Sake Hike
Keiko Rushlander, Wendy Bennett, Kazuko Macher, and David Coulson
The Japan Foundation Seeks Applicants For Performing Arts Japan

Application deadline: November 3, 2008

The Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program was started by the Japan Foundation to promote Japanese performing arts in the United States. PAJ supports the initiatives taken by U.S. nonprofit organizations to expose geographically diverse American audiences to Japanese performing arts, and encourages collaborations between Japanese and American artists.

The Japan Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for fiscal year 2009-2010. The Touring Grant assists the presentation of Japanese performing arts in the U.S. and Canada, emphasizing locations outside major metropolitan areas, and the Collaboration Grant allows collaborating artists to create new works with the potential to develop into a touring project. PAJ will fund up to 50% of the project costs.

Applications are due by November 3, 2008 for projects taking place between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010. Learn more: www.jfny.org/jfny_paj.html

Keizai Koho Center Educator Fellowship

Application deadline: February 28, 2009

Participate in an innovative fellowship program which offers educators a chance to experience modern Japan firsthand for ten days next summer. For details, visit the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) website, www.us-japan.org, call 412.433.5022 or email kkcfellowship@us-japan.org.

Mike Mansfield Fellowship

Application deadline: April 1, 2009

The Mansfield Fellowship Program — named after Mike Mansfield, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Senate Majority Leader, U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman from Montana — is a first-of-its-kind program for both the United States and Japan. The two-year Fellowships enable U.S. federal government employees to develop an in-depth understanding of Japan, learn how its government works, and establish relationships with their counterparts in the government of Japan as well as in the business, professional and academic communities.

Click here to learn more.

Western PA Japan-related Resources

Click here for our first stab at a resource list of Japan-related goods and services in the Western PA and tri-state region. Do you know of a source for taiko drum instruction, shoji screen preparation, an on-site traveling sushi maker? The JASP often receives requests like these and we would be happy to add your business or skill to our list.

Please email your valuable information to the JASP administrative assistant, Kelly Chaney.


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