Upcoming events

    • 24 Jan 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Hilton Downtown Portland, 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

    Phyllis Campbell is Chairman, Pacific Northwest for JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    Denise Moriguchi is President and CEO of Uwajimaya Inc.

    JASO's newly-formed Women's Leadership Council is thrilled to host our inaugural event. Phyllis Campbell and Denise Moriguchi are the two highest-profile Japanese-American heritage female business leaders in the Pacific Northwest today. Join us as we learn about and celebrate the personal journey of each speaker; and considerations the circumstances, support, negotiating and decision-making that has ultimately led each to reach personal success in business and in life. Women and men both equally welcome.

    Lunch is included as follows:

    Salad - Mixed Garden Salad, Mandarin Oranges, Sliced Almonds and Citrus Vinagrette

    Entree your CHOICE of -
    Rosemary Garlic Chicken, Apple Celery Slaw, Wiuld Rice and Seasonal Vegetables, OR
    Stuffed Eggplant, Grilled Squash, Ragout of Cranberry, Beans and Red Jalapeno Sauce

    Dessert - House-made Cheesecake

    Program Order as follows:
    11:20-11:40am Check-In, Networking
    11:40am Lunch is served
    11:50am-1:30pm Program, and Q&A

    Thank you to our presenting partner

    and our event partners



    • 01 Mar 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • JASO 3rd floor Conference Room, 221 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97209



    “日本人が駐在員であろうが起業家であろうが、アメリカに来て事業で成功するのは決して生易しいことではない。日本ではよいとされるやり方をアメリカで行っても、それが必ずしも評価されるとは限らず、そこにはアメリカなりのビジネス上の流儀がある。”日本人が得てして誤解していたり、過小評価していたりするコミュニケーションやビジネスマナーについてオレゴン滞米30年を超えた日本人コンサルタント、Ken Sakaiさんからそのエッセンスを教えて頂きます。”

    ー 上司と部下との間のコミュニケーション

    ー 挨拶とスモールトークで始まるビジネス

    ー ビジネスでもレディスファーストの文化

    ー どこまでプライベートに関与してよいのか

    ー アメリカ人のワークライフバランス

    ー リスクに対するものの考え方

    ー 陥りやすいマイクロマネジメントへの注意

    ー 相手を褒めたり、励ましたりする英語表現

    ー 効果的な会議の進め方

    ー ケーススタディ


    Helping Japanese businesspeople be more successful in the US

    If your company is a Gold Member of JASO (or above), we have a great membership benefit for you.

    From 6-8pm on Thursday March 1, up to 4 employees total may attend this workshop absolutely free of charge. The event is held in the Japanese language.

    For the Japanese business person, whether an expat from a Japanese company or an individual, success in the US is about more than straight business talk. Standard Japanese business practices don’t translate directly; misunderstandings in communication or manner can lead to confusion and mistakes. Ken Sakai is a Japanese business professional from Japan with over 30 years’ experience living in the USA. During this 2-hour workshop, Ken offers valuable insights to guide the Japanese business professional to greater success.

    Communication between the boss and workers that report directly to him/her
    How to start business conversations – what about greetings and small talk?
    Considering gender-based etiquette
    Private life versus work matters
    What does work-life balance really mean?
    Taking risks in business
    Do’s and don’ts of micromanagement
    English phrases for appreciation and encouragement
    Making meetings more effective
    Case studies

    If you want to attend this free workshop, go online here and sign up you and/or your company employees.

    If you want to upgrade your membership so that you can attend, call Graham at 503-552-8813 or Kaoru at 503-552-8811.
    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • JASO 3rd floor Conference Room, 221 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    Curious about Japan and want to learn more about its culture, business practices and trends today? Interested in doing business in Japan, but don’t know much about the business practices or the culture? Been doing business in or with Japan for years, but still have some burning cultural questions?

    Join us on April 5, 2018 for this workshop led by Sue Shinomiya of Global Business Passport. Sue has over 25 years of experience, 10 of them in Japan, working with companies to develop their intercultural competencies and inclusive leadership practices. Sue will guide us through key Japanese concepts, case studies and hands-on skill-building exercises.
    • Not your 1980’s Japan: Keeping up with Japan today, and the case for doing business there in 2017
    • Getting to Know You: Protocol for Making a Good Impression
    • Fostering Good Relationships: the secret sauce to your success
    • Perceptions, Values and Key Japanese Terms for Business (that don’t quite translate)
    • Communication: Did they really get the message?
    • What to expect from Meetings in Japan - avoiding the pitfalls of virtual meetings
    • How to Avoid Unintended Offense - a few cultural navigation tips
    • Case Studies, Scenarios and Applications
    • Q and A

    Free for Gold members and above, go online here and register up to 4 employees total. To upgrade your membership to the Gold level, contact Graham at 503-552-8813 or Kaoru at 503-0552-8811.

Past events

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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