Upcoming events

    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 221 NW 2nd Ave, #202, Portland, OR 97209
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    JASO offers 4 language class levels for winter term, 8 weeks of 90-minute classes from Jan 22 to March 14. If you're unsure of your level, sign up first, then let's talk. We'll find the right class for you.

    Business Japanese for Beginners BJB 101

    7:50pm – 9:20pm, Thursdays Jan 24 – March 14

    This course provides participants with an opportunity to start to create Japanese-language oral communication skills through intensive speaking and listening practice.

    After taking this 8-week course and with sufficient effort, participants will be able to understand and exhibit culturally-appropriate basic Japanese business behaviors and will become confident interacting with Japanese business-people in real-world situations.

    Participants will practice greetings and ritual expressions; introducing themselves; and talking about daily activities and schedules. The course is conducted in Japanese.

    Expectations:
    Students are expected to commit 8 weeks course.
    No prior Japanese language skills required; this course is for beginners.

    Be ready to study and participate at the class.
    Class preparation each week will take approximately 2 hours, and include listening to audio files, reading and learning grammar structures and vocabulary.

    Textbook provided and supplemented with teacher’s own materials, no additional fees.

    Business Japanese for Beginners BJB102

    6:15pm – 7:45pm, Thursdays Jan 24 – March 14

    The course focuses on oral communication in a culturally-appropriate manner, with an emphasis on pronunciation that facilitates natural interaction with native speakers.

    After taking this 8-week course and with sufficient effort, participants will become more confident speaking Japanese and will be able to communicate well with Japanese people.

    Participants will practice office ritual expressions; days of the week; describing things using adjectives and talking about people, places, daily activities and schedules. The course is conducted in Japanese.

    Expectations:
    Commit 8 weeks of study.
    As a prerequisite you should be able to speak greetings and ritual expressions, introducing yourselves, and talking about daily activities and schedules in a culturally-appropriate manner. (completion of BJB 101 or equivalent ability)

    Class preparation each week will take approximately 2 hours, and include listening to audio files, reading and learning grammar structures and vocabulary.

    Textbook provided and supplemented with teacher’s own materials, no additional fees.

    Business Japanese for Beginners BJB104

    6:15pm – 7:45pm, Tuesdays Jan 22 – March 12

    The course focuses on oral communication in a culturally-appropriate manner, with an emphasis on pronunciation that facilitates natural interaction with native speakers.

    After taking this 8-week course and with sufficient effort, participants will become more confident speaking Japanese and will be able to communicate well with Japanese people.

    Participants will practice office ritual expressions, describe the locations of activity, asking and giving directions and using honorific verbs. Conducted in Japanese.

    Expectations:
    Commit 8 weeks of study.
    Students should have successfully completed 102/103 or have equivalent ability.

    Class preparation each week will take approximately 2 hours, and include listening to audio files, reading and learning grammar structures and vocabulary.

    Textbook provided and supplemented with teacher’s own materials, no additional fees.

     Intermediate Business Japanese IBJ304

    7:50pm – 9:20pm, Tuesdays Jan 22 – March 12

    The course focuses on oral communication with an emphasis on topic discussion and giving presentations in a culturally-appropriate manner.

    After taking this 8-week course and with sufficient effort, participants will become more confident speaking Japanese and become proficient expressing your thoughts and ideas, as well as developing your listening complication skills. Conducted in Japanese.

    Expectations:
    Students are expected to be proficient in daily conversation.

    Students should recognize and pronounce hiragana, katakana, and a minimum 500 kanji and be able to use dictionary to look up unknown Kanji.

    Students must have significant history and study of the language.

    Class preparation each week will take approximately 2 hours (sometimes longer), and include reading a contemporary current affairs or business passage each week; talking for one minute on something topical and answering and asking questions; preparing and giving a term-end presentation in class.

    No textbook used. Teacher supplies materials.

    Sample online news: https://toyokeizai.net/articles/-/176175 (students are given kanji/hiragana sheets to help)

    Instructor
    Chie Furukawa
    , MA in Foreign Languages, PSU; Japanese Language Teaching Certificate, PSU. Japanese Language teaching experience at PSU, Vanderbilt University & Wellesley College.

    Fees
    New Students: Members - pay by January 9, $325; pay January 10-18, $375
    Non-Members - pay $500.

    Returning Students pay $300 if by January 9. $375 after.

    Location
    Classes will be held at 221 NW 2nd Ave, conference rooms, Portland, OR 97209

    Sign Up: Now open.  

    Refund policy
    Course will run with minimum 4 students signing up. If course does not run, 100% of fees refunded. Cancellation after January 16, no refund if your cancellation causes numbers to drop below 4 in total. 50% refund otherwise. Refund processed after classes start. We will communicate with you as sign-up windows close regarding number of sign-ups.

    We understand business people sometimes have work commitments that cause them to miss class. Many students end up missing 1 or 2 classes because of work commitments. We price these classes affordably in order to take this into consideration. We do not give refunds because “work became busy”.

    • 07 Feb 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Hilton downtown Portland, 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
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    Join us and support the discussion and education on women's empowerment in the workplace.

    Three prominent women leaders - the first working in Tokyo, Japan, the second from Washington DC, and the third the highest legal mind in our State, share their insights into the current status, priorities and challenges across business sectors of women's equality in the workplace. Learn how we can change as individuals, as organizations, and as a community, to create a more equal, and more successful society for all.

    Junko Tsuda, Tokyo, Japan

    Prior to her current role as Executive Director, US-Japan Council Tokyo, Junko worked in communications and HR at companies in Japan including Walt Disney, Cartier, Hilton International, ING Life Insurance and GE, leading initiatives on women’s career advancement.

    Karen Narasaki, Washington DC

    Appointed by President Obama in 2014 as Commissioner, US Commission on Civil Rights, Karen is a national authority on civil rights, census, media diversity, immigrant rights, and race relations. She has focused on equal rights of women across a broad range of business and government sectors,  and named several times by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the nation’s capital.

    Ellen Rosenblum, State of Oregon

    Ellen has broken new ground in becoming Oregon's first-ever female State Attorney in June 2012. Leading Oregon's efforts to move the law forwards, including supporting women in the workplace and in society, Ellen is a University or Oregon Law School graduate. Both her children participated in the Japanese immersion program at Portland Public Schools.

    Mari Watanabe, Executive Director, Partners in Diversity, Portland Business Alliance

    An expert in diversity issues in the world of business and the non-profit sector, Mari will moderate the discussion among our panelists.

    Event Program (all times approx.)
    11:20-11:50am Event Check In
    11:50am Welcome, Lunch served
    12-1pm Program
    1-1:30pm Audience Q&A
    1:30pm Close

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Past events

17 Jan 2019 2019 Shinnenkai
04 Dec 2018 2018 Holiday After Hours
15 Nov 2018 JASO Women's Leadership Council Event
02 Oct 2018 20 Years in Japan: How Columbia Sportswear Keeps Growing in a very Competitive Market
26 Sep 2018 After Hours @ KEEN Footwear
18 Sep 2018 Japanese Language Classes: Fall 2018 Term
24 Aug 2018 Annual Golf Tournament
12 Jul 2018 2018 Beer Garden @Ecotrust 3F Terrace
20 Jun 2018 Oregon & Japan: The Business of Sport
23 May 2018 JASO Annual Dinner & AGM
03 May 2018 Women's Leadership Council Networking
26 Apr 2018 Past, Present & Future of Saké in Japan, the US, & the World
19 Apr 2018 New Member Orientation Meeting
05 Apr 2018 Managing Japanese Business Relationships: A Workshop for US Business People
29 Mar 2018 Umami on a Global Scale: The Expansion of Ajinomoto
25 Mar 2018 Sakura Sunday
01 Mar 2018 Managing in the US: A Workshop for Japanese Business People
24 Jan 2018 Celebrating Success and Achievement of Women in Leadership: Inspiring stories from Phyllis Campbell and Denise Moriguchi
18 Jan 2018 Shinnenkai
14 Dec 2017 NEW 2018 Japanese Language for Business Classes
16 Nov 2017 Tokyo: City of World-Leading Design
02 Oct 2017 JETRO Platform Program プラットフォーム事業ご紹介セミナー
21 Sep 2017 Corporate Connections: Culmination Brewery Tasting and Tour
14 Jul 2017 2017 Beer Garden @Ecotrust 3F Terrace
11 Jul 2017 Japanese Language for Business Classes
20 Jun 2017 JASO Annual Dinner & AGM
25 May 2017 Visit Ajinomoto: The Essence of Taste
24 May 2017 Meet and Greet for New and Renewal Member
11 May 2017 Growing Together From Shared Roots: Inside the Merger of The Standard and Meiji Yasuda
02 May 2017 JASO New and Renewing Members Meet & Greet
27 Apr 2017 Spring After Hours
07 Mar 2017 A Discussion with Christina Ahmadjian
23 Feb 2017 Getting it Right with Your Japanese Business Partners - Top 10 Cultural Survival Tips
02 Feb 2017 JASO New and Renewing Members Meet & Greet
26 Jan 2017 Dollars & Yen - Making Foreign Exchange Work for your Business
19 Jan 2017 JASO's 2017 New Year Celebration "Shinnenkai"
06 Dec 2016 Holiday After Hours at Mackenzie
02 Dec 2016 Mitsubishi Corporation in the US - Past, Present & Future
09 Nov 2016 JASO New Member Meet & Greet
24 Oct 2016 Walk in US, Talk on Japan
09 Sep 2016 Planes, Trains & Autos: Transportation in the 21st Century
14 Jul 2016 2016 Beer Garden @Ecotrust 3F Terrace
23 Jun 2016 日本酒 in the US - Discover the saké brewing industry
19 May 2016 Sustainable Sushi: A Recipe for Success
10 May 2016 60th Annual Dinner
01 Apr 2016 Corporate Connections: The Coffee Industry from Seed to Cup!
23 Mar 2016 Opportunities in the Contemporary Bioscience Industry in the USA & Japan
17 Mar 2016 Unprepared

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