A side view of the ballroom at the 30th Annual Dinner in 2016, during Amb. Kenichiro Sasae’s speech.

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.

2017: The 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner 

In celebration of the Society’s 60th anniversary year, the 2017 Annual Dinner has been named the 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. It will be held on November 1 at The Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown and begins from 6:00 PM.

Attending the Dinner 

Anyone is welcome to attend the Dinner in support of the Society and our programs.

Individual tickets are $300 and couples tickets (2 people/ticket) are $550. Table sponsorship is also available if you are an organization. Please fill out the following form with your information and send it to mtolentino@jaswdc.org or mail it to:

The Japan-America Society
1819 L St NW Suite B2
Washington, DC 20036

Ticket Purchase Form

Call for Auction Items 

Please consider making a donation to our Silent Auction. For our 60th year, we’d love to collect both tangible and intangible items that are one-of-a-kind pieces – special gifts that one can only receive by attending the anniversary Dinner. We are looking specifically for experiences that someone can only have in and around the Nation’s Capital. Examples include:

  • Tours of unique houses or historical areas in and around Washington, DC
  • Gift certificates from exceptional restaurants or unique shops in the area
  • Private gatherings with chefs, curators, artists, writers, etc.
  • Special donations from artists, writers, chefs, curators, etc.
  • Special workshops or lectures

All items should be delivered to the Society by Monday, October 16, 2017. Please fill out the following form and attach it to your item(s).

Silent Auction Item Pledge Form

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 Nishimura, 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)


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)