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Our largest dinner of the year, with more than 100 guests from Pittsburgh and beyond, fun auction items, and an interesting speaker.  This year's keynote speaker will be Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Fellow and Co-Director at the Stimson Center. Stay tuned for more information about this year's dinner!

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When: November 14 , 5:30 - 9:00 PM
Where: Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Pittsburgh International Business Networking ReceptionNetworking

Join The Pittsburgh Business Exchange

 (PBX), Vibrant Pittsburgh, and other amazing organizations, for an “International Business Networking Reception” at the Hard Rock Cafe! Join hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs, and other professionals from the Greater Pittsburgh Area and around the world! Enjoy an evening of professional networking, cocktails, and fun!

When: Wednesday October 16, 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, 230 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Upcoming Community Events

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Work, Health, and Social Well-Being: Perspectives from the U.S. and Japan

On October 10, RAND will host a conference to discuss U.S. and Japanese perspectives on artificial intelligence. What impacts could it have on work, health, and social well-being in both countries? David Danks, Department Head & L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University will present a keynote address on designing artificial intelligence for social effect through policy. His insights will be supplemented by presentations from experts on key issues related to artificial intelligence. See the event website for more information.

When: October 10, 1:00 - 4:30 PM
Where: RAND Corporation, 4570 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

All for All Summit

Spanning three days from October 10th through the 12th, this year's All for All Summit features community tours to help us go deeper in experiencing the real Pittsburgh, a daylong interactive forum on immigrant inclusion, and a block party with local and international performers to celebrate our multicultural roots. See the Summit website for more information.

When: October 10 - 12
Where: Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Asia Pop Speaker Series: J-Pop

Dr. Ian Condry will lead the third lecture in our new Asia Pop series. He will compare the diverse ranges of pop music in Japan to understand how they combine to influence Japanese society. Currently, Dr. Condry is a cultural anthropologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also the author of two books about Japanese pop music (J-pop): Hip-Hop Japan and The Soul of Anime.

When: Thursday, October 10, 5:30 PM
Where: 4130 Posvar Hall, 230 S Bouquet St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Godzilla on My Mind: Godzilla in Japanese History and the Global Imagination

Please join the NCTA for an evening lecture with William Tsutsui, Japanese historian and president of Hendrix College. This talk will introduce the 1954 film, survey the history and impact of the 32 Godzilla movies, reflect on Hollywood’s handling of the King of the Monsters, and assess the impact of changes in special effects technology, cinematic fashion, and global politics on the world’s oldest and longest film franchise.

When: October 16, 2019, 6:30 PM
Where: Assembly Rm, Wm Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

KusudamaFall Flower Show: Japanese Inspirations

Starting Saturday, October 19, Phipps’ Fall Flower Show: Japanese Inspirations will take you on a spectacular journey to experience an inspiring celebration of harmony and nature. Join Phipps for a trip to Japan, where festivals are spectacular and the colorful chrysanthemum reigns as king. Phipps’ new show lasts for just three weeks — don’t miss this grand celebration of the season!

When: September 21 - November 10
Where: Phipps Conservatory,One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213


11th Annual Sakura Fall Planting Day

Pittsburgh Sakura Project is hosting an annual fall planting day. Help plant young cherry and other trees; mulch, water, weed, stake and install deer protectors. RSVP is requested, by 10/26/2019, to

When: November 2, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Where: North Park, 10301 Pearce Mill Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101


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#GiveBigPittsburgh raises money for our communities, brings new donors and increases awareness about local nonprofits while leveraging the national marketing of #GivingTuesday. The Pittsburgh campaign will use the #GiveBigPittsburgh hashtag.

#GiveBigPittsburgh 2019 begins at midnight on December 3. Please consider supporting the JASP as part of your charitable giving this year!

The JASP Welcomes New Members

Individual Member:

  • Mr. Sam MacDonald
  • Ms. Deborah Walter

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Japanese-English Reading Circle

The Japanese-English Reading Circle is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month at the Kenmawr Apartments in Shadyside. Members meet to discuss Japanese- and English- language readings with each other as well as play vocabulary games in their second language.

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, October 19, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, November 2, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, November 16, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, December 7, 5:00-6:30 PM

Kenmawr Apartments Community Room, Ground Floor, 401 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP), established in 1986, is an association of individuals and corporations actively engaged in bringing the peoples of Japan and America together in understanding, appreciation and cooperation in order to promote a better relationship between the countries