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January 2018 Newsletter

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2018 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series      
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We're pleased to announce the first of our 2018 MEPPI Lecture series: "Tokyo, One of the Safest Cities in the World" with Naruomi Ebitani.
Why is Tokyo so safe? After devoting 15 years to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Police Inspector Naruomi Ebitani now works at Carnegie Mellon University researching information security. From his experience in both countries and his police officer’s perspective, he will address the differences between policing and crime in Japan and the United States.
             
Join the JASP for this free evening at the Carnegie Mellon University on January 18, 2018. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
The JASP thanks the Japanese Student Association at the Carnegie Mellon University for their support for the January lecture.

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The lecture on February 22 will feature Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Consul General of Japan in New York.  On March 29, Dr. Brenda Jordan of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh will detail the woodblock printing industry at the Carnegie Museum of Art for the opening of their Hiroshige exhibition.

Check out our event page for more details.
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Thank you to MEPPI for their generous sponsorship of this series.arrow2
Member Spotlight: Meyer, Unkovic and Scott LLP

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The JASP would like to recognize our Gold member Meyer, Unkovic and Scott LLP.
 
Meyer, Unkovic and Scott LLP is a business law firm whose clients include Fortune 100 companies, significant financial institutions, small venture enterprises and individuals. Established in 1943, the firm’s dedicated and excellent service to clients has earned recognition on U.S. News’ Best Law Firms list among other local and national awards. Based in Pittsburgh, their membership in Meritas connects them to law firms and clients worldwide.

We would like to heartily thank Meyer, Unkovic and Scott LLP for its support of our organization!arrow2
Energizing Western PA's Economybulb1

Join the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and the Western Pennsylvania Global Business Forum for a breakfast briefing and moderated panel discussion on the growing energy economy in Western Pennsylvania.

Veteran manufacturer Elliott Group will present their activities in the sector, followed by a discussion with retired Yokogawa Electric America CEO Chet Mroz and Charlie Schliebs of Stone Pier Capital Advisors.

With the development of petrochemical processing facilities and nearby Liquified Natural Gas export terminals, what are the opportunities for local and international investment? Are there areas in which American and Japanese businesses can work together to take advantage of changes in the global energy sector in 2018?

Registration is $15 and includes breakfast.
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Japanese-English Reading Circle

JERCThe Japanese-English Reading Circle is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month. In addition to discussing your reading in Japanese or English with other members, there are opportunities to play games and build your confidence and vocabulary in your second language. 

Saturday, January 20, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, February 3, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Saturday, February 17, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Saturday, March 3, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Kenmawr Apartments, Community Room, Ground Floor
401 Shady Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232          arrow2
The JASP Welcomes New Member

Individual Member:
              Dr. Lila Penchansky 
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Spring Program Calendar inu 

January 18, 6:00-8:00 PM; MEPPI Japan Lecture Series
February 17, 1:00-5:00 PM; Squirrel Hill 2018 Lunar New Year Celebration
February 22, 6:00-8:00 PM; MEPPI Japan Lecture Series
March 2, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM; High School Japanese Speech Contest
March 20, 7:30-9:00 AM; Energizing Western PA's Economy
March 29, 6:00-8:00 PM; MEPPI Japan Lecture Series
April 6-19; Row House Cinema Japanese Film Festival
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Keizai Koho Center Fellowship
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Since 1980, the Keizai Koho Center (Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) has sponsored a fellowship program to Japan for educators in the U.S. and Canada. The fellowship allows teachers to learn firsthand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance their classroom teaching of global perspectives.

The 2018 Fellowship Application is available. Please review the application criteria before you apply. The deadline is Feburary 1, 2018.arrow2
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Preparations are beginning for the 2018 High School Japanese Speech Contest! Each year more than 80 students participate in the speech and poster contests. The poster contest is open to Japan clubs at schools that do not currently have Japanese language programs. Area high school Japanese language students will be competing for the grand prize of an electronic dictionary, supplied by the Japanese Consul General of NY. The contest will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on March 2 and will include a full day of Japanese activities, games and the chance to compete with other students of Japanese. For more information on how to participate, visit the Speech Contest page. Contact Katsuko Shellhammer if you're interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering! arrow2
         
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