Upcoming events

    • 18 Sep 2018
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 221 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    Registration is closed

    JASO Fall 2018 Japanese Class Schedule Announced

    This fall, JASO offers three classes in Japanese language for general and business purposes.

    Introduction for Japanese for Business – BJB 101, Thursdays 6:30-8pm
    This course provides participants with an opportunity for intensive speaking and listening practice to improve Japanese-language oral communication skills. Through active classroom participation within a culturally-authentic context, participants will deepen their awareness of the Japanese language.

    After taking this 8-week course and with sufficient effort, participants will be able to understand and exhibit culturally-appropriate 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; exchanging business cards; and talking about people, places, daily activities, schedules, food and drinks, and shopping. Conducted in Japanese.

    Beginning Japanese for Business – BJB 102/103, Tuesdays 6:15-7:45pm

    This class is for students who have taken BJB101 and/or 102 or who can demonstrate ability to speak Japanese at the level higher than BJB101.

    After taking the 8 week course and with sufficient effort, participants will become more confident speaking Japanese and will be able to communicate well with Japanese people without offending business partners or clients in Japan.

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

    Intermediate Japanese for Business: Selected Topics – IJB 303, Tuesdays 7:50-9:20pm

    This course is for those who have completed a minimum of two years of formal language instruction (or equivalent) and are familiar with basic Japanese grammar patterns.

    This class is for participants roughly at Level 2 on the ILR (The Interagency Language Roundtable) proficiency scale who are working on reaching Level 3. Course content will be determined based on participants’ skill level and needs.

    Students are expected to be comfortable studying short passages with intermediate kanji.

    All courses need a minimum of 4 students committing in order to run. Each course has 8 classes, with 90 minutes/class. 12 hrs total. If you are unsure of your level - sign up! We will work together to find the best class for you.


    BJB 102/103 - Tuesdays from 6:15pm to 7:45pm, Sept 18 to Nov 6 - 8 weeks
    IJB 303 - Tuesdays from 7:50pm to 9:20pm, Sept 18 to Nov 6 - 8 weeks
    BJB 101 - Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8pm, Sept 20 to Nov 8 - 8 weeks

    *A Week 9 class may be held if unforeseen circumstances force cancellation of a prior week.


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

    Preparation for Class
    Students in both courses are expected to spend a minimum of 2 hours each week preparing for class.

    Members - pay on or before September 7, $325; pay September 8-16, $375
    Non-Members - pay $500.

    Returning members pay $300 if by September 7.

    Classes will be held at 221 NW 2nd Ave, 3rd floor conference room, 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 September 14, 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 travel or other work commitments that cause them to miss class. We price these classes affordably in order to take this into consideration. We do not give refunds because “work became busy”.

    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)
    • Shizuku Restaurant 1237 SW Jefferson St, Portland
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    "Being successful by doing what you love"

     Pursuit of Passion

     Women's Leadership Council

    Event on 11.15.18

    at Shizuku Restaurant

    Guest Speakers:

    Stacey Givens, Owner/Chef/Farme of the Side Yard Farm & Kitchen

    Naoko Tamura, Owner/Chef of Shizuku Restaurant

    moderated by Chiharu Olsson, JASO WLC

    • 04 Dec 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 60
    Registration is closed

    Holiday After Hours

    (Members only)
    Business Networking

    5:30 - 7:30pm, Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Lane Powell 601 S.W. Second Ave, Suite 2100, Portland OR 97204

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    This year, Lane Powell will generously host JASO's Holiday After Hours event. There is no registration fee. Celebrate the holiday season with friends old and new while enjoying delicious refreshments.

    Bring a business colleague or friend with you also, and get to know other JASO members.

    Total attendance is limited to 60 people.

    There will be many raffle prizes so please be ready to purchase some tickets to win. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Register (登録はこちら) HERE


    今年のJASOホリデーアフターアワーズイベントはLane Powellで行われます。ダウンタウンポートランドの素晴らしい夜景を見ながら楽しいひと時を過ごしませんか。

    今年はLane Powellのサポートにより参加費はございません。素晴らしいラッフルプライズも準備しております。どうぞ同僚の方やお友達をお誘い合わせの上お越しくださいませ。

    人数に制限がございますのでお早めにお申し込みください。 Thank you to our host Lane Powell and everyone who donated raffle prizes.

    If you have any question, please contact us at 503-552-8811.

Past events

02 Oct 2018 20 Years in Japan: How Columbia Sportswear Keeps Growing in a very Competitive Market
26 Sep 2018 After Hours @ KEEN Footwear
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
05 Dec 2017 2017 Holiday After Hours
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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