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, the 2017 Annual Dinner was a grand event held at the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown. You can read about this year’s Dinner on our blog.
The Society is forever grateful to the supporters and sponsors of this year’s Dinner, many of whom are long-standing, respected institutions across several industries in the Washington, D.C. area – from think tanks to government to corporations. Because of these contributions, we are confident that we can continue to sustain the U.S.-Japan relationship with an array of programs, events, and classes.
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Hunton & Williams LLP
NEC Corporation America
Sachiko Kuno Foundation
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Astellas US LLC
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
The Embassy of Japan in the United States
EMD Serono, Inc.
Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
NTT DOCOMO USA
Toshiba America, Inc.
United Technologies Corporation
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|
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