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
The 2019 Annual Dinner was held on Wednesday, November 20 at the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown., and featured 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 also featured sushi by Sushi Nakazawa, and sake from Nanbu Bijin, North American Sake Brewery, and Hakkutsuru. To view the 33rd Annual Dinner Photo Gallery click here.
Our 2019 Sponsors
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Astellas US LLC
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
ITOCHU International Inc.
Marubeni America Corporation
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.
Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
MUFG Bank, Ltd.
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
Toshiba America, Inc.
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
NEC Corporation of America
Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.
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
The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta