Dear JASCO friends and family,
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all JASCO programming for the immediate future will take place online. This includes our Japanese language classes. You can still reach JASCO staff via our individual e-mail addresses, or via the organization e-mail at . Our office phone number is also still accessible, with all messages routed to our cell phones, so please feel free to reach out to us if you need to do so!
We recognize that these are trying and unprecedented times. Our thoughts are with you all, and we look forward to when we can all gather together and celebrate the relationship between Central Ohio's Japanese and American communities that is such a crucial part of the region.
The JASCO staff
Japan-America Society of Central Ohio
Women Entrepreneurs in Ohio part 2
Ms. Sachiyo Isoda Peterson Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Sachiyo is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office. She counsels and assists clients in the highly complex area of immigration, nationality, and employer sanctions (I-9) law. She focuses her practice on employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for her clients’ global workforces. She helps clients maintain seamless business processes, including the attraction and the retention of international talent. Her practice spans various industries, including manufacturing, retail, universities, health care, agriculture and other corporations. At times, she also assists in family-based immigration matters.
2021 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest
Since 1999, JASCO has been hosting the annual Ohio Japanese Speech Contest, offering an opportunity for Japanese-language learners to showcase their achievements. The objective of this event is to foster Japanese language education throughout the state of Ohio by supporting the continued effort of local public schools and colleges to improve the quality of the Japanese-language learning environment. The winners of the contest will receive prizes that will encourage them to continue studying Japanese language. This competition not only provides highly motivated students across the state with the chance to improve their Japanese language skills, but also inspires and encourages others to broaden their understanding of Japan, its culture, and the strong ties between Japan and United States. The 2021 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest has been moved online. This year's participants and schedule are as follows: HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY 10:00 AM WELCOME 10:10 AM Meadow Callicoat (Marysville High School) 10:20 AM Grace Hackett (Marysville Early College High School) 10:30 AM Keegan Mulligan (Marysville High School) 10:40 AM Cheyanne Parker (Marysville High School) 10:50 AM Sherzod Soatjonov (Dublin Coffman High School) 11:00 AM LUNCH BREAK (1 hour) COLLEGE CATEGORY 12:00 PM WELCOME 12:15 PM Garrett Brown (University of Findlay) 12:30 PM Allyson Givens (University of Toledo) 12:45 PM Jocelyn Haugh (University of Findlay) 1:00 PM Thea Knapp (University of Findlay) 1:15 PM Yawei Li (The Ohio State University) 1:30 PM Shuhan Luo (THK Accelerated Japanese for Professional Development Program) 1:45 PM Tamara Medakov (University of Findlay) 2:00 PM Fred Shippy (University of Toledo) 2:15 PM Samuel Thacker (University of Findlay) 2:30 PM BREAK (30 minutes) ADVANCED CATEGORY 3:00 PM WELCOME 3:15 PM Branden Labarowski (University of Cincinnati) 3:30 PM Nahal Pahlevani (University of Cincinnati) 3:45 PM Karen Xiao (University of Cincinnati) 4:00 PM JUDGING BREAK 4:30 PM WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT
JASCO 2021 New Year's Celebration - Tea Ceremony
Learn about the Japanese tea ceremony, and how to make a great-tasting cup of green tea, with Yuko Eguchi Wright, assistant professor title of tea ceremony (Jyun-Kyojyu 準教授), in the Urasenke tea ceremony school certified by Sen Soshitsu XVI. Visit her website at http://yukoeguchi.com.
Geostrategy in the Grassroots - 11-17-2020
A special webinar hosted by the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio in partnership with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) and The Sasakawa Peace Foundation on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 PM EST via Zoom. We were honored to host two experts on the subject who will provide their insights into the impact of recent political changes on the US-Japan relationship as well as broader geostrategy issues in Asia: Ms. Aiko Doden, Special Affairs Commentator, Senior Director, NHK World TV Aiko Doden is Special Affairs Commentator on international affairs and Senior Director at NHK World TV. Concurrently she presents “Newsline InDepth”, a feature segment on NHK World News. She has expertise in reporting on a wide range of global issues from hard security to human security. Since April, she also presents NHK Educational TV Special Series “Crisis Interviews: Looking Beyond the Pandemic”. Ms Doden comments on developmental affairs with a focus on sustainable growth, global health, gender and education. She is a popular face on TV having anchored key news program as “NHK News at 9 PM”, “NHK World Network” and “NHK Asian Voices”. She was a correspondent based in Thailand covering ASEAN countries extensively with close to 50 visits to Myanmar. Dr. Kent Calder, Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins University Kent Calder serves as the Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He previously served as Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) from 2018 to 2020 and as Director of Asia Programs from 2016 to 2018. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2003, Calder served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Professor at Princeton University, Lecturer on Government at Harvard, and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Following Ms. Doden and Dr. Calder's individual presentations, there was be a special panel discussion moderated by Peter Kelley, President of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, and then a question and answer session with the panelists. Geostrategy in the Grassroots is a public affairs program focusing on the geostrategic challenges Japan and the US face in a changing Asia presented by The National Association for Japan America Societies and The Sasakawa Peace Foundation.