Welcome to the Japan-America Society of Indiana

The Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI) is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization whose mission is to serve as a bridge of friendship between the people of Indiana and Japan. The Society is supported by a diverse membership of individuals, families, businesses and academic institutions.

JASI & IJC Golf Classic

We are excited to invite you back to one of the Japan-America Society of Indiana’s top events, the Golf Classic, presented in partnership with the Indiana Japan Chamber and Title Sponsor Fifth Third Bank!  The twenty-ninth annual tournament will be held on Sunday, October 10th at The Fort Golf Course, one of Indiana’s most beautiful courses and conveniently located in Indianapolis. 

The Golf Classic is one of the most popular events of the Japanese and American corporate communities.  It’s always one of the best annual networking events and we’re pleased to bring it back.   We invite you to become a register for the Golf Classic and join us for JASI’s first in-person event in nearly two years!  Current covid guidelines will be followed. 

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It is difficult to find words to announce the passing of our beloved colleague and leader, Melanie Walker, mother – grandmother ‐ daughter – sister – mentor – friend – unwavering and enthusiastic servant and President and CEO of TASUS Corporation/Tsuchiya Group North America.
The following is an excerpt from Melanie (letter from the President) on the TASUS website and epitomizes her dedication to her associates and colleagues. The excerpt reads: Our employees and our customers are ….

  • the most important people in our business
  • not dependent upon us, we are dependent upon them
  • not an interruption to our workday, they are the purpose of it
  • not outsiders to our business, they are the most important part of it

Melanie began her career with the Tsuchiya company of Nagoya in 1989 and, in 1994, became President of TASUS, its first North American subsidiary, based in Bloomington. Through her leadership, Tsuchiya Group North America has grown to five manufacturing facilities in North America.  Melanie was the first female president of a Japanese‐owned manufacturing company in North America.  A few years back in an interview with Plastics News, Melanie acknowledged Yasuyuki Ohara, Chairman of Tsuchiya as her mentor, who taught her so many valuable lessons. We can only imagine the profound loss the Tsuchiya family is feeling today.

Melanie was actively involved in the Japan‐America Society of Indiana for nearly thirty years, and as President of the Board from 2015 to 2018, which included overseeing JASI’s capital campaign to create the JASI Japan Culture Center in Union Station.  Even with all of her commitments ‐ to TASUS, to her non‐profit work, to family & friends - she always ensured her time devoted to JASI included thoughtful inquiry, collaboration and mentoring.  Indeed, many of us have experienced her warm and knowing smile when she was pleased with an outcome.  She was one of our most dedicated leaders, a frequent speaker, and received JASI’s Bridge of Friendship Award in 2019.  We have appreciated Melanie’s friendship, guidance, and dedication.  Her impact was beyond measure.
The JASI Board of Directors, staff and entire JASI membership extend our deepest condolences to the Walker Family and to the employees of Tsuchiya/TASUS.
Melanie served on the Board of Trustees of Indiana University. The university’s announcement follows below.


JASI's "Oishii Indiana"!

The Japan-America Society of Indiana's new restaurant series, "Oishii Indiana", travels around Indiana visiting some of the best and most authentic Japanese restaurants in the state.  Enjoy "touring" a new restaurant each week!  The short videos will include interviews with the owners and chefs, the chef's demo of a popular dish, and live comments from customers. The new online series is made possible with support from the GEN-J program, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, and Japan-America Society of Indiana, with professional support from Monumental Productions. "Oishii Indiana" will help you discover the best of Japanese cuisine in Indiana!

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JASI’s online series is made possible with support from the GEN-J program, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, and Japan-America Society of Indiana, with professional support from Monumental Productions. "Oishii Indiana" will help you discover the best of Japanese cuisine in Indiana! 

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"JASI PPE Path Forward Campaign" in COVID-19

The Japan-America Society of Indiana always strives to be in-step with our members during challenging times, bringing together our statewide community in a meaningful way, and facilitating the sharing of resources and information.   JASI announces the “PPE Path Forward” Campaign to help provide assistance to first responders, medical facilities, and communities.  Businesses are asked to consider donations of “personal protective equipment” to help meet the critical need for these items, including  masks, protective goggles, isolation gowns, full length face shields, children’s health face masks, nitrile gloves, sanitizers, etc.   JASI’s campaign is structured in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Indiana National Guard. 

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COVID-19 Information for the Japanese Community in Indiana

Dear JASI Members and Friends:

To help provide service and support for our members and the Japanese community, JASI has complied information regarding the current COVID-19 situation.

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Indiana's Back on Track Information in Japanese

As a community organization, we believe it is important to follow the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  In the interest of the health and safety of our staff, the Japan-America Society of Indiana will be working from home.  During this period we will continue to monitor and respond to emails remotely but our response time may be delayed.  Thank you for your understanding.

The JASI Staff

JETRO Quick Business Surveys During COVID-19

Survey One

Survey Two

Conferral of The Order of the Rising Sun,
Gold and Silver Rays Upon Ms. Theresa A. Kulczak

On November 3, 2016 (Japan Time), the Government of Japan announced the recipients of the 2016 Autumn Imperial Decorations.  Among the 96 foreign recipients is Ms. Theresa A. Kulczak, Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Indiana.  She will receive The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays in recognition of her significant contribution to promoting friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.  The prestigious decoration is conferred by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.

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