Resource: Networking with Japan Societies

As our previous article on maintaining relationships in Japanese Studies emphasized, networking and getting to know the field is very important. Whether you decide to go on to an academic career or stick with other types of employment, like any other area of the job market, meeting people and being involved is an important aspect of moving up and furthering your goals. Becoming a member of Japan societies in your area offers an excellent avenue to do this without any flaming hoops to jump through.

Local “The Japan Society” or the “Japan-America Society” groups offer a great and easy way to network as well as be informed about what others working in the Japan field are doing. Not only that, but they constantly have esteemed guests and special events open the public that are meant to foster ties between you and the Japanese community. In case you’re wondering where in your area you can find a local Japan society, I’ve compiled a list of these organizations, organized alphabetically by state. Most states have these organizations (though some may not have a web presence) so I encourage you to take a look and see what opportunities are about in your area. If you know of a site I’ve missed, please let me know and I’ll add it! Happy browsing!

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Thanks to Shannon  for pointing out that these associations are often independent of each other, though the consortium NAJAS (http://www.us-japan.org/resources/ussocieties.html) comprises of about 40 Japan-America Societies across the U.S.! Other comments or corrections are always welcome!

Japan America Society of Alabama
Japan America Society of Alabama [2]
Japan America Society of Alaska [no site]
Japan America Society of Tucson [Arizona]
Japan-America Society of Arkansas
Japan Foundation of Los Angeles
Japan Society of Northern California [California]
Japan America Society of Southern California [California]
The Japan America Society of San Antonio [California]
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana [California]
The Japan America Society of Colorado
Japan America Society of Southern Colorado [Colorado]
Japan-America Society of Connecticut
Japan-America Society of Delaware [no site]
Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida [Florida]
Southeast US / Japan Association [Florida]
The Japan-America Society of Georgia
Japan America Society of Hawaii
Idaho Japanese Association
Japan America Society of Chicago [Illinois]
Japan-America Society of Indiana
Japan America Society of Iowa
Heart of America Japan-America Society [Kansas and Missouri]
Japan/America Society of Kentucky
The Japan Society of New Orleans [Louisiana]
Japan America Society of Maine
Baltimore Area Japanese Meetup [Maryland – no formal society]
The Japan Society of Boston [Massachusetts]
Japan America Society of Greater Detroit [Michigan and Windsor]
Japan America Society of Western Michigan [Michigan]
Japan America Society of Minnesota
The Japan-America Society of Mississippi
Japan America Society of St. Louis [Missouri]
[Montana – no site]
Japanese Association at Kearney
Japan America Society of Nevada
Japan Society of New Hampshire [no site]
Japan-America Society of New Hampshire [no site]
Japanese-American Society of New Jersey
[New Mexico – no site]
Japan Society of New York
Japan Foundation of New York
North Carolina Japan Center
[North Dakota – no site]
The Japan-America Society of Central Ohio
Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
Japan-America Society of Oklahoma
Japan-America Society of Oregon
Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia [Pennsylvania]
The Japan Association of Greater Pittsburgh [Pennsylvania]
Rhode Island Japan Society
[South Carolina – no site]
[South Dakota – no site]
Japan-America Society of Tennessee
Japan-America Society of Greater Austin [Texas]
Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth [Texas]
The Japan America Society of Houston [Texas]
[Utah – no site]
Japan America Society of Vermont
Japan-Virginia Society
Japan America Society of the State of Washington
[West Virginia – no site]
Japan America Society of Wisconsin [no site]
Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.
The Japan-America Society of Wyoming

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5 Responses to Resource: Networking with Japan Societies

  1. Shannon says:

    Thank you for this! “Branches” implies that these are all connected organizations, but most, if not all, are independent. There is however a consortium called NAJAS comprised of about 40 Japan-America Societies across the U.S.: http://www.us-japan.org/resources/ussocieties.html

  2. odorunara says:

    Definitely a great way to get involved in the community, and many JAS/JS offer Japanese lessons and have good information on local Japan-related events and venues. Thanks for this comprehensive list!

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