Alabama Okinawa Kenjinkai
-Private, not-for-profit association working toward encouraging and developing friendship and understanding between individuals within the communities of Japan and the United States.
North Alabama Japanese Business Association
-Business group for expatriate Japanese businesspeople. They host a golf tournament.
-Informal social club for Japanese speakers of all nationalities, ages, and backgrounds in Atlanta
-Atlanta Okinawa Kenjin Kai: Organization for Japanese people originally from Okinawa or of Okinawan descent. They perform Okinawan dance at festivals throughout Georgia and introduce Okinawan culture at events such as JapanFest and Asian Cultural Experience.
-Bi-monthly meetings of the Reading Circle feature bilingual, bicultural discussions of modern Japanese literature and foster communication and understanding between the U.S. and Japan. Members read the assigned text in either Japanese or English translation and discuss the book in the language with which they are most comfortable.
Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese
-Network of Japanese teachers in Georgia
Georgia Japanese Fishing Club
-The JCCG serves as a network for Japanese companies in Georgia, endeavoring to be a model for promoting strong Japan-U.S. relations within the Southeastern United States. It was established in 1981
Japanese Women's Garden Club
-JETRO helps U.S. companies set up an office in Japan quickly and cost-effectively by providing expertise, resources, and industry connections
-Organization primarily for former participants in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, but many Japanese nationals attend their events
-Nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing Japanese culture to people in Atlanta
-The Tomodachi Club was established in October 1981 under the sponsorship of the Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG) to promote friendship, cultural exchange and understanding among Japanese and American women
-Civic, non-profit organization that was founded as a way of serving schools and the community through expressions of Asian history, cultures, and arts
-The focal point of research and teaching on the Asian/Pacific region at Duke University.
-A social association of Japanese residents, mainly of exchange professors and students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University, but including others from the area.
Fayetteville Okinawa Kenjin Kai
-Social club for people of Okinawan descent.
Jacksonville Okinawa Kenjin Kai
-Social club for people of Okinawan descent.
Japanese-American Cultural Exchange (Raleigh)
-Church-based social organization; offers classes in the English language, origami, Japanese cooking, and the game of Go.
-The Japanese Association in Charlotte was established in 1979. In addition to the Charlotte Bon Odori in the summer, it organizes a golf tournament twice a year, a softball tournament in the fall, and a New Year's party in January.
Japanese Business Retired and Private Local Business Group (Charlotte)
-Comprised of retired local Japanese company employees and members of the local community.
Japanese Restaurant and Chef Group (Charlotte)
-Comprised of local Japanese restaurateurs.
The Nippon Club of the Triangle was founded in 1990 as a nonprofit organization committed to providing intercultural programs and activities in the Triangle region (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) of North Carolina.
The NC Japan Center serves as a focal point for interaction between Japan and North Carolina, and is a statewide resource intended to assist all citizens, universities, companies, and public and private institutions in relations with the Japanese. Because of its role, the Center has historically received funding from the State, the University, and from corporate sponsors who support its mission of outreach and public service. Founded in July 1980 by Governor James B. Hunt, the Center continues to strengthen the state's academic, economic, scientific, and cultural ties with Japan. Its Academic Advisory Board consists of faculty from colleges across the University, providing guidance and direction for academic exchange and development. An external Board of Advisors includes prominent citizens of North Carolina who have a strong interest in Japan and US-Japan relations. Additional chapters are located at East Carolina University, Wake Forest University, Appalachian State University, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, UNC Wilmington, and Campbell University.
Piedmont Japanese Business Association
Association of Japanese companies in the Piedmont area (Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point) with approximately 110 members.
-The Triangle Center for Japanese Studies was established by faculty from Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University to encourage inter-institutional collaboration and provide resources for the development and promotion of Japanese Studies and Japan-related education throughout the Triangle and the Southeast. With the aim of strengthening the well-established Japan Studies community in the Triangle, the Center administers a number of programs, including research groups and a monthly forum, that encourage further interaction between faculty and students of Duke, UNC, and NCSU. Graduate students, in particular, are encouraged to participate in the Center’s initiatives and take advantage of the opportunity to conduct research alongside their peers and professors. The Center also actively promotes continued faculty and student achievement by providing grants that fund individual research efforts and ensuring that library resources meet current needs and interests. Reaching beyond the university campus, the Center engages the wider Triangle area through speakers, film series, and other events that are open to all.
-The Triangle East Asia Colloquium (TEAC) was begun in 1972 to improve contact between East Asian faculty at the three major research universities in the Triangle Area-Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. TEAC has since expanded to include East Asian specialists and other interested scholars from across North Carolina and in the Southeast.
Triangle Japanese Business Association
-Association of Japanese companies in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Research Triangle area that was established in 1994. It currently has 25 member companies.
-The Japan-America Society of North Carolina (JASNC) is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that promotes goodwill, understanding and exchange between Japan and North Carolina. JASNC conducts cultural, educational, business and other programs and activities that increase interaction and exchange between Japanese and North Carolinians, and provide information and resources to the public regarding Japan-NC events, organizations and relations.
-JAASC was created in 1988 due to the increasing number of Japanese-owned businesses establishing operations in South Carolina. Its mission is to promote a greater interest in and understanding of the culture and society of Japan and the United States through the operation of Japanese Saturday Schools and through meaningful social and cultural events. It currently has 20 member companies.
-Private, non-profit and non-political organization consisting of individual and corporate members． The mission of the Society is to promote understanding and enlightened relations between the United States and Japan.
-Mission is to support cultural exchange between the United States and Asia and within the countries of Asia
-Provides lecturers, films, and performers
-Independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization dedicated to strengthening Japan's role in international networks of policy dialogue and cooperation
-The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 by special legislation in the Japanese Diet and became an Independent Administrative Institution in October 2003. The mission of the Japan Foundation is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries.
-Administers a variety of programs on Japan
-The United States-Japan Foundation is committed to promoting stronger ties between Americans and Japanese by supporting projects that foster mutual knowledge and education, deepen understanding, create effective channels of communication, and address common concerns in an increasingly interdependent world.
*Page updated July 2012
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