The Society’s Annual Dinner and Silent Auction, usually held in the fall, is one of the Society’s signature national programs. Over the years the Dinner has welcomed and honored some of America’s and Japan’s most distinguished leaders.
The Dinner and Silent Auction are a primary source of support for the Japan-America Society’s many educational and cultural activities, which introduce Japan and Japanese culture to the residents of the Nation’s Capital Region.
2019: The 33rd Annual Dinner
Sponsorship registration and ticketing information for the 33rd Annual Dinner is now available! Click here to download the pricing and registration form. The 2019 Annual Dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 20, from 6:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown., and will feature a panel conversation on the “Japan-US Relations: Views of Washington’s Top Experts” featuring Richard Fontaine (President, CNAS), Sheila Smith (Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, CFR), and Mike Green (Japan Chair, CSIS) and moderated by JASWDC Co-Vice Chair Emma Chanlett-Avery (Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service). The Annual Dinner reception and silent auction will also feature sushi by Sushi Nakazawa, and sake from Nanbu Bijin, North American Sake, and Hakkutsuru. For individual and couples tickets click here.
The 2019 Silent Auction is now accepting donations. Donate here.
Can’t make it to the Dinner but want to join in the fun? Participation in the Silent Auction is not restricted to Annual Dinner attendees! Click here to browse or donate items. The Auction will begin online from November 20 at 6:00 p.m. and remain open through the end of November.
2018: The 32nd Annual Dinner
The 2018 Annual Dinner was held on Tuesday, November 13, from 6:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown. We are forever thankful to our sponsors, which are listed below, to those who bought tickets, and to our wonderful volunteers – together, we made the night a success. As one young professional at the Dinner stated, the Japan-America Society’s Annual Dinner is one of the best U.S.-Japan networking nights of the year. We hope to keep this statement true for many years to come.
Our 2018 Sponsors
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Astellas US LLC
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
The Embassy of Japan
Marubeni America Corporation
MGM Resorts International
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.
Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
MUFG Bank, Ltd.
NTT DOCOMO USA, Inc.
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
Toshiba America, Inc.
ITOCHU International Inc.
NEC Corporation of America
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
Annual Dinner Speakers
|1987||Senator John D. Rockefeller IV|
|1988||Ezra Vogel, Professor, Harvard University|
|1989||Yotaro Kobayashi, Chairman, Fuji Xerox|
|Hon. Dick Gephardt, House Majority Leader|
|1990||Hon. Tom Foley, Speaker of the House|
|1991||Yasuhiro Nakasone, Former Prime Minister|
|1992||Hon. Paul A. Volcker, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve|
|1993||Toyoo Gyoten, Chairman, Bank of Tokyo and former Vice Minister of Finance|
|1994||Hon. Mike Mansfield, former US Ambassador to Japan and former Senate Majority Leader|
|1995||Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, Chairman, Toyota Motors & Chairman, Keidanren|
|1996||Hon. Tony Lake, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs|
|1997||Hon. Tom Foley, Ambassador to Japan|
|1998||Hon. Stuart Eizenstadt, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business & Agricultural Affairs|
|1999||Minoru Makihara, Chairman, Mitsubishi Corporation|
|2000||Tom Friedman, New York Times|
|2001||Hon. Tom Foley, Former US Ambassador to Japan|
|2002||Sadako Ogata, former United Nations|
|2003||No Dinner was held|
|2004||Hon. Norman Mineta, Secretary of Transportation and former Secretary of Commerce|
|2005||Taizo Nishimuro, Chairman, Toshiba Corporation and Chairman, US-Japan Business Council|
|Hon. Howard Baker, former US Ambassador to Japan, former Senate Majority Leader, and former White House Chief of Staff|
|2006||No Dinner was held|
|2007||Senator Daniel K. Inouye|
|2008||Mr. Yuzaburo Mogi, Chairman and CEO, The Kikkoman Corporation|
|2009||Senator Jim Webb from Virginia|
|2010||Ambassador Tom Schieffer, Former US Ambassador to Japan|
|2011||Professor Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science at Columbia University|
|2012||Hon. Kurt Campbell, Chairman & CEO of the Asia Group, LLC & Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs|
|2013||Dr. Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS & Associate Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University|
|2014||Dr. George R. Packard, President of the United States – Japan Foundation & Adjunct Professor, Department of Political Science at Columbia University|
|2015||Congressman Joaquin Castro, U.S House of Representatives (TX), Co-chair of U.S.-Japan Congressional Caucus|
|2016||Special Guest Panel: David E. Sanger (The New York Times), Jacob Schlesinger (The Wall Street Journal), Sheila Smith (Council on Foreign Relations, Moderator)|
|2017||Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan|
|2018||Special Guest Panel: Congressman Joaquin Castro (Texas), Congressman French Hill (Arkansas)|
The Marshall Green Award
The JASWDC Board of Trustees established the Marshall Green Award in 2011 to recognize “an individual or a group that has made a sustained and significant contribution to strengthening relations between the United States and Japan, and/or to increasing understanding between the American and Japanese people.”
|2011||Dr. Gerlad L. Curtis
Amb. Thomas S. Foley
Amb. William C. Sherman
|2012||Dr. George R. Packard
Amb. Yoshio Okawara
|2013||Amb. Ichiro Fujisaki
Mr. William Breer & Mrs. Peggy Breer
|2014||Washington Toho Koto Society
100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Nisei who served in the Military Intelligence Service
|2015||Prime Minister Yashuiro Nakasone
Ms. Wendy Cutler
|2016||Amb. Rust M. Deming & Mrs. Kristen Deming
The American Association for Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)
|2017||Amb. Walter F. Mondale
Amb. Michael H. Armacost
Dr. Sachiko Kuno
|2018||The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta
Mrs. Nobuko Sasae