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  • 03 Apr 2013 1:58 PM | Anonymous
    JASK was recently out of the office helping to interpret for a group of visiting Junior and High School students from Lexington's Sister City of Shinhidaka, Japan. 9 Japanese students and 3 Chaperons arrived in Lexington on Monday, March 25th and stayed with a host family until Saturday, March 30th. They experienced tours at the State Capitol, Aviation Museum, KY Horse Park, as well as accompanied their American counterparts to a typical day at a high school. 9 American students will make the journey over to Japan this summer to complete the exchange. 

    This summer, adults from Shinhidaka will visit Lexington to participate in the 4th of July Parade and reaffirm the strong bonds of friendship between the two cities. If you are interested in being involved or assisting with this event, please contact Sister Cities through their website at http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=1410.

  • 03 Apr 2013 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    Some 300,000 people still homeless two years after Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Japan/America Society of Kentucky donates over $75,000 for relief efforts.

    A triple disaster of earth, water and nuclear struck Japan on March 11, 2011 when the biggest earthquake in its history ripped the seafloor sparking a tsunami that killed nearly 19,000 people. The massive earthquake and tsunami, followed by nuclear fallout, are part of a heartbreaking memory that's still fresh in the minds of the Japanese people.

    The magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami shattered lives. The destruction surprised the world, because few expected a quake or tsunami of that size even in seismic-active Japan. Some 300,000 people are still homeless and living in residential camps, according to the Japanese government.

    The Japan/America Society of Kentucky, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, recently donated over $75,000 to the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund.

    The Japan/America Society of Kentucky received generous support from individuals, communities, businesses, educational institutions, churches and organizations in Kentucky.

    On March 14, 2011, The Japan Center for International Exchange USA (JCIE) launched the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief & Recovery Fund to aid Japanese organizations taking part in the immediate relief effort as well as those with a long-term focus on rebuilding communities. To date, it has raised more than $1.6 million. Initially, half of the funds raised were allocated to the Center for Public Resources Development's "GiveOne" initiative for groups providing emergency relief, while half was set aside for the long-term recovery. As the situation on the ground evolved, JCIE has shifted toward directing all new contributions to the recovery stage.

    The Japan NGO Earthquake Relief & Recovery Fund is supporting Japanese nonprofit organizations that are helping communities recover from the March 11 disaster. Funding has been provided to around 40 groups who focus on three priority issues: Rebuilding Community Ties, Revitalizing the Economy and Support Senior Citizens.

    Established in 1987, the Japan/America Society of Kentucky (JASK) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical membership organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the business, cultural and social practices and customs of Japan and Kentucky. Headquartered in the Kentucky State Chamber of Commence in Frankfort, JASK provides services and organizes events throughout Kentucky to facilitate Japan/America connections.

    A before and after picture taken one year after the disaster

  • 14 Mar 2013 11:16 AM | Anonymous
    Check out the latest TOPS Magazine for pictures of JASK's Annual Shinnenkai Event! 

  • 11 Mar 2013 3:20 PM | Anonymous
    In March of 2014, Kentucky's newest Congressman, Andy Barr from the 6th district, made a request to the Japan/America Society of Kentucky to arrange a meet and greet with the newly appointed Ambassador from Japan, His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae. David Carpenter, Executive Director of the Japan/America Society of Kentucky, escorted Congressman Barr to the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. His Excellency expressed his appreciation and promised to visit Kentucky in the near future.

    From Left: Eric Shock, Rep. Andy Barr, His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, JASK Executive Director David Carpenter
  • 27 Nov 2012 11:05 AM | Deleted user

    Human Rights Day 2012 

    What: Free showing of The Cats of Mirikitani (74 minutes) When: Tuesday, November 27th 7:00 p.m.

    Where: Kentucky Theatre
    Main Street, Lexington, KY 

    More info

  • 05 Nov 2012 10:57 AM | Deleted user
    This coming Wednesday, 11/7, from 4:15 until 6:45, the UK Japan studies program, with the help of the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, will screen two documentaries addressing recovery efforts in Japan after the 3.11 earthquake (see below). The viewing place is Classroom Bldg Room 214 http://ukcc.uky.edu/cgi-bin/dynamo?maps.391+campus+0025 . Please join us.

    “Fukushima Hula Girls” (100 min, 2011) *In Japanese with English subtitles
    This documentary tells the story of the famous hula dancers from the popular resort, Spa Resort Hawaiians, located in the area affected by the March 11, 2011 disasters. The resort was forced to close but the dancers embark on a nation-wide tour to build support for the Fukushima tourist destination as everyone works to rebuild the facility for their grand reopening. The documentary is narrated by the 2006 film Hula Girls actress Aoi Yu and follows the lives of the dancers, many of whom are from the affected areas.

    ●ドキュメンタリーWAVE「ガレキの中からの再出航~漁業の町・岩手県大船渡市~」2011年6月放映 (NHK地上波) 30分
    "Reborn from the Debris, Fishing Town, Ofunato-City, Iwate Prefecture" (30 min, 2011) **English narration with English subtitles
    Bright news was brought to one disaster stricken area, Ofunato-City, Iwate Prefecture, one month after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. More than 150 kg of fish caught by local fishermen were sold out instantly through the Internet. This was the earliest signs of reconstruction in Iwate Prefecture whose fishing industry suffered extensive damage. The documentary focuses on activities of local fishermen who began to move quickly toward the revival of the fisheries industries.

  • 31 Oct 2012 11:42 AM | Deleted user
    日本人の宿泊客をターゲットにしたホテル、スカイブリッジ スイートがボーリンググリーンにグランドオープン!


    Welcome to Staybridge Suites Bowling Green!!
    A newly built all-suite hotel is centrally located to the business district, downtown Bowling Green, WKU campus, the Carroll Knicely Center and several local attractions making it the perfect place to stay for business or leisure travelers.
    Staybridge Suites has put the amenities where they really count, in your room. Guests can cook meals in their fully equipped kitchen, relax in the overstuffed recliner while watching movies from our free movie library. Business travelers will work more efficiently utilizing the executive desk with speaker phone and free high speed internet. Staybridge Suites Bowling Green is within walking distance of many local favorite restaurants.

    Staybridge Suites are very excited to be able to open early and focus on the Japanese market in Bowling Green.

    Here are just a few amenities being offered to the Japanese market:
    1. Japanese TV
    2. Japanese Newspapers
    3. Japanese food items in offered in their pantry as well as have some items available for breakfast and evening receptions
    4. Rice cookers available at the front desk upon request
    5. 10 rooms with special electric toilets that are very common in Japanese Households
    6. They also offer some hotel materials translated in Japanese

    Japanese focused open house is scheduled for December 5th at 11:30 AM CST. Please RSVP to April Flowers, director of Sales at april.flowers@dellisart.com

    Staybridge Suites Bowling Green
    680 Campbell Lane
    Bowling Green, KY 42101
    (270) 904-0480 - Office
    (270) 904-0481 – Fax
    (615) 440-1559 – Cell
  • 17 Oct 2012 9:03 AM | Deleted user

    総合人事商社クレオコンサルティング(本社: Cincinnati, OH)が人事や労務管理に
    来年の昇給率予測などを、給与関連マーケティングの専門家であるRSC Advisory

    ■レキシントン: 11月7日(水)2:00~4:30 pm
    Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel (2601 Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY 40509)
    ■シンシナティ: 11月8日(木)2:00~4:30 pm
    Tri County Parkway Building 会議室 (155 Tri County Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH
    ■申込み&問い合わせ:Creo Consulting, LLC Tel: 513-771-7750
     E-mail: info@creo-usa.com

  • 30 Aug 2012 3:11 PM | Deleted user

    Performing will be ten professional actors and musicians from Kyoto, including Asano Atsuyoshi, who was visiting international artist in residence at UK's Dept. of Theatre in 2010-11, and will be visiting international artist in residence at Georgetown College 2012-2013.
    The performance will include "Tamura" a warrior play, and "Izutsu," a play based on the story of the famous Heian poet Ariwara no Narihira and his wife.

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(502) 209-9630

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