Upcoming events

    • 17 Apr 2018
    • 06 Jun 2018
    • JASO, 221 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    Registration is closed

    This spring, JASO offers three class levels in Japanese language for general and business purposes.

    Introduction for Japanese for Business – BJB 101

    This course provides participants with an opportunity for intensive speaking and listening practice to start and 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 gain confidence 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

    This class is for students who have taken BJB101 or who can demonstrate ability to speak Japanese at the level of 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.

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    Intermediate Japanese for Business: Selected Topics – IJB 302

    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 Inter-agency Language Roundtable) proficiency scale who are working on reaching Level 3. Course content will be determined based on participants’ skill level and needs.

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    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.

    BJB 102 - Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7pm, April 17 to June 5 - 8 weeks
    IJB 302 - Tuesdays from 7:10pm to 8:40pm, April 17 to June 5 - 8 weeks
    BJB 101 - Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 7pm, April 18 to June 6 – 8 weeks

    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 all courses are expected to spend a minimum of 2 hours each week preparing for class.

    Members - pay on or before April 6, $300; pay April 7-16, $350
    Non-Members - pay $425.

    Returning members pay $275 if by April 6, regular rates if after.

    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 April 13, 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 and life 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”.

    • 26 Apr 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Mark Spencer Hotel, 409 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205



    名実ともに世界一の日本酒ブランド、白鶴酒造の嘉納健二社長と、その子会社で、1992年以来ここOregonでお酒の醸造を営むSake Oneの Steve Vuylsteke社長をお招きし、日本酒普及の全米そして世界展開についてお話して頂きます。会の最後には白鶴、Sake Oneの試飲をお楽しみ頂きます。

    A part of the 2018 JASO Business Speaker Series
    Join us for an evening with Mr. Kenji Kano, owner of Hakutsuru Saké, one of the leading brands of quality sake in the world. Mr. Kano, speaking in Japanese with translation, will help us understand not only the history and the reverence of saké brewing, but also the challenges and opportunities in the contemporary business world.

    Mr. Kano is joined by Steve Vuylsteke, President and CEO of SakéOne, one of the largest producers of saké, and distributor of Hakutsuru, in the USA.

    After our presentation enjoy tasting four different Hakutsuru and SakéOne sakés, along with delicious sushi appetizers from Sho Restaurant, all included in the registration fee.

    This event is supported by:

    The 2018 JASO Business Speaker Series partners are:

    • 03 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Mark Spencer Hotel, 409 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

    Join us for a glass of wine and delicious sushi from Bamboo Sushi as we host our first Women’s Leadership Council networking event. We enjoyed a great luncheon in January, but this event is built just so that we can talk and get to know each other better. Members and non-members both welcome. Our gracious hosts at the Mark Spencer Hotel will help us enjoy and have fun. If you’re interested in JASO’s Women’s Leadership Council, please come join us if you can. We’re very much looking forward to meeting and getting to know you in a relaxed, casual event.

    JASOに新しく結成された女性リーダーシップ委員会は、1月に発足記念イベントを開催し、多くの方にお越し頂くことができました。今回は、ワインとBamboo Sushiのお寿司を堪能しながらの懇親会を企画しました。JASOの女性リーダーシップの活動にご興味がある方は、会員の方も非会員の方も大歓迎ですのでぜひお申込みください。皆様がたくさんの方と知り合えるカジュアルな集いですので、是非お気軽にお越しください。

    • 23 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Castaway, 1900 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

    Celebrate, engage and network at JASO's 62nd Annual Dinner and AGM.

    JASO's biggest event of the year is all new!

    Member Showcase - discover JASO members' products and services
    Silent Auction - bid on cool gift packages, plus Delta tickets to Tokyo too!
    Open Bar - all night long! - beer from Sapporo Premium Beer, wine from Torii Mor, saké tasting from SakéOne
    Delicious hors d'oeuvres from Chef Naoko
    Japan-inspired main course and dessert from Chef's Table
    Entertainment from Kenny Endo, Hawaiian taiko star, with Portland Taiko
    Over 2 hours of networking and building relationships
    Free Parking - 100-space parking lot open from 5:30pm, directly across the street from our new venue


    サイレントオクション - 目玉商品の数々、そして東京行き往復デルタ航空チケット!

    ビール、ワイン、日本酒 飲み放題。

    Chef Naokoの美味しいオードブル

    Chef’s Tableによる3コースディナー
    Kenny Endo
    Portland Taikoによる太鼓のパフォーマンス



    Anticipated Program
    5:30pm Check-in opens - Member Showcase, Silent Auction, hors d'oeuvres, networking
    7pm Be seated, welcome, AGM
    7:15pm Dinner service
    7:45pm Oral Auction
    7:50pm Silent Auction closes
    8pm Entertainment
    8:25pm Member Showcase re-opens, networking
    9pm Close

    Cocktail attire.

    Sponsorships, event tables for 8, individual tickets and member showcase tables available now! Register here or call the office for more details.

Past events

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

Japan-America Society of Oregon is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. 221 NW 2nd Ave #202, Portland, OR 97209

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