japan society of boston events

The Japan Society of Boston hosts a variety of events to help connect Japan and Boston. JSB Members can get discounts, or even free admission, to these events!

Upcoming events

    • 03 Nov 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • JSB Office at CIC Boston, 50 Milk St, 20th Floor, Boston MA 02109
    • 15
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    Is Japan's Energy Policy Aligned with a 2C Future?

    Presented in partnership with Boston Common Asset Management, the Growald Family Fund, and InfluenceMap

    Friday, November 3, 2017 from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Japan Society of Boston
    Cambridge Innovation Center
    , 20th Floor
    50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109

    Business Insight:
    Japan's Energy Choices towards 2020

    Please register by October 25th as space is limited. 

    The Japan Society of Boston invites you to join us for an interactive breakfast roundtable highlighting the positive role investors can play in engaging Japanese companies to support a consistent energy policy aligned with a 2 degrees future.

    We will discuss the profound and fast changing implications of Japan’s focus on coal power over renewables, both domestically and overseas and the real risk this represents to investors and companies alike.   Japan's energy policies appear to favor the development of large coal power generation, however these policies often lack the involvement of other key stakeholders such as civil society groups, the financial sector, and mainstream Japanese business sectors.  Japanese corporates therefore are missing out on a multi-trillion dollar global industry favoring renewable energy and potential synergies between renewables and EVs in many markets. There are also heightened concerns among banks over growing ESG and NGO pressure on their coal lending.

    We will explore specific strategies for how asset managers and asset owners can actively engage Japanese companies on their plans to de-risk and shift away from these coal projects and seek opportunities to align with a low carbon future.

    A light breakfast will be provided.  There will be a Q&A session and time for networking.

    A 3 page briefing for investors extracted from the soon to be released report can be downloaded from this landing page.

    Speakers

    • Lauren Compere, Managing Director of Boston Common Asset Management;
    • Joanna Messing, Executive Director of Growald Family Fund
    • Dylan Tanner, Executive Director of InfluenceMap, will share findings from the Japan coal-renewables analysis and suggest engagement strategies for concerned investor and stakeholders. 
    • 07 Nov 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Japan's Trade Strategy in an Age of Rising Protectionism

    Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 12:30pm to 2:00pm


    Ambassador Yoichi Suzuki, who served as the Consulate General of Japan in Boston from 2005-2008, will be the guest speaker at this seminar. This is a part of the US-Japan Relationships Program series on the Future of East Asia.

    Speaker: Yoichi Suzuki
    Visiting Senior Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Ambassador to Kansai, and Ambassador for International Economic Affairs, Government of Japan

    Discussant: Christina Davis
    Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

    Moderator: Susan Pharr
    Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University


    Co-hosted by

    • 14 Nov 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Meridian Room, 50 Milk St. 5F, Boston, MA 02109
    • 28
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    MANJIRO IN AMERICA: HOW FAIRHAVEN, MA SHAPED US/JAPAN HISTORY

    With Speaker Gerald P. Rooney, President & CEO of the WHITFIELD-MANJIRO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY

    Meridian Room, 50 Milk St. 5F,
    Boston, MA 02109

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 12 - 1PM

    You may know the John Manjiro story from the 1840s, when a young Japanese castaway was found and rescued by American whaling ship captain William Whitfield. Young Manjiro was welcomed as a son by Whitfield and raised for a few years in Fairhaven MA. This remarkable man - who returned to Japan as a fluent English speaker - became critical to the US/Japan relationship when Commodore Perry arrived in Yokohama harbor in 1853. This powerful historical story of a personal friendship impacting global peace has inspired thousands of people to visit Fairhaven. For years, Gerry Rooney has been dedicated to preserving these historic sites. Mr. Rooney will engage us in conversation about the Manjiro/Whitfield story, about the historic sites today, and about how friendship still forms the foundation of peace in our world.

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    • 14 Nov 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • CIC Boston, 12th Floor, 50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109
    • 40
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    Japanese Language soirée 

    at the Japan Society of Boston

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

    CIC Boston, Hummingbird Room, 12th Floor
    50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109

    Free for JSB members | $5 for non-members

    Registration accepted online or at-the-door


    Many of you have told us that you would enjoy more opportunities to practice speaking Japanese. Let’s get together! We have a great downtown venue to host Japanese-learners of all levels and interests, now open for you. 

    We will have nametags, soft drinks, and a simple game to get conversation flowing. We hope that our guests will meet others and find new paths for improving and enjoying their Japanese language skill. We are grateful to the Meetup.com community: Boston Japanese & English Language Club, for sharing this event with their 2,000+ members. 

    The primary language at this event will be Japanese but we welcome beginners and native speakers of Japanese alike. We expect all guests to come with a friendly disposition to learn and help others learn.


    Please note that we often take pictures at events for our records and sometimes for use in public media such as Facebook and blog posts. Registering for an event generally signifies acknowledgment that your likeness may be used in these ways. If you are not comfortable with this, please let us know and we can accommodate you. 

Past events

10 Oct 2017 Japanese Language Soirée
10 Oct 2017 Brown Bag / Motoko Day
06 Oct 2017 Business Insight and Networking with Kosuke Motani
30 Sep 2017 Kodo 香道 ーIncense Appreciation 3:00pm Seating
30 Sep 2017 Kodo 香道 ーIncense Appreciation 1:00pm Seating
23 Sep 2017 Teaching Japan in the Classroom: Haiku and More
12 Sep 2017 Brown Bag / Satoko "Lisa" Watanabe
08 Sep 2017 Paper Lanterns: Special Screening with Director Barry Frechette and Producer Peter Grilli
07 Sep 2017 Paper Lanterns: Special Screening with Director Barry Frechette and Producer Peter Grilli
28 Aug 2017 Japanese Language Soirée
08 Aug 2017 Brown Bag / Keiko Thayer
11 Jul 2017 Brown Bag / Miwa Suzuki: Being Japanese, Working in America - Hear and Share Stories
26 Jun 2017 Manjiro Trip to Nara with JSB
13 Jun 2017 Brown Bag / Mikio Yoshimura: Japan and the Red Sox: A View from Inside
22 May 2017 Business Luncheon: U.S./Japan Business Relations in the Trump/Abe Era, With Glen Fukushima
19 May 2017 Business Breakfast: Corporate Governance in Japan: Winds of Change?
09 May 2017 Brown Bag / Ray Matsumiya: Talking About Mid-East Peace in Japan: What I Learned in Hiroshima
29 Apr 2017 ISAC Hackathon
11 Apr 2017 Brown Bag / Roy Rondoe: Save a Life, Send a Robot
02 Apr 2017 Tamagawa Taiko
21 Feb 2017 Research and Reflections on Fukushima Today: Recovery Progress Since the Triple Disaster of 03.11.11
14 Feb 2017 Brown Bag / Peter Grilli: The Story of the "Paper Lanterns" Film
28 Oct 2016 Paper Lanterns, followed by Q&A with director Barry Frechette
19 Oct 2016 Paper Lanterns with director Barry Frechette
18 Oct 2016 2016 Annual Dinner
19 Sep 2016 Japanese Language Classes - Fall Semester
09 Apr 2016 Tamagawa Taiko and Dance
03 Apr 2016 The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta
25 Feb 2016 Paper Lanterns - A New Film by Barry Frechette
04 Feb 2016 The Soul of Anime, and How Japanese Manga and Music Defy Zombie Capitalism
25 Oct 2015 Nobuyuki Tsujii Concert in Boston with Longwood Symphony
14 Sep 2015 Japanese Language Classes - Fall Semester
24 Jul 2015 JSB Members Event : The Reischauer Memorial House Visit
29 Jun 2015 Meet Masanori Murakami -Japan’s First Major Leaguer, and Book Signing
26 May 2015 2015 Annual Dinner
05 Apr 2015 Tamagawa Daigaku, TAIKO & DANCE Group
24 Feb 2015 HISTORIC PRESERVATION in JAPAN and BOSTON
16 Feb 2015 Japanese Language Classes - Spring Semester
16 Jan 2015 Lunch Talk by Yukio Okamoto, “Prospects for Japan and its Economic Competitiveness” - JSB Members Free Event!
08 Nov 2014 Kodo 香道 ーIncense Appreciation
30 Oct 2014 Save the Date! ボストン着物ショー!
30 Oct 2014 The Japanese Kimono-Now and Then : Registration is closed
01 Oct 2014 Learning to Lead: Lessons from Japan
07 Aug 2014 Movie Night at Showa Boston!
06 Aug 2014 Lunch and Behind the Scenes Tour of the State House!
31 Jul 2014 Swimming at Showa Boston!
24 Jul 2014 Tanabata at Showa Boston!
26 Jun 2014 Sadao Watanabe in Concert! JSB Members Enter to win a pair of tickets
26 Jun 2014 Sadao Watanabe in Concert! $5 discount for JSB Members
29 May 2014 Win a copy of "Dream Window", "The Inland Sea"
27 May 2014 Win Yukata from Kyoto!! Giveaway for this week!!!
14 May 2014 Member Appreciation Month - Win Sake and Gifts from Gionbayashi Musicians from Kyoto!
08 May 2014 2014 Annual Dinner
15 Apr 2014 Writing Between Languages and Cultures with Yoko Tawada
11 Feb 2014 2014 John E. Thayer, III Award - Nominations now being accepted
05 Feb 2014 POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER - Address by the Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. The Honorable Kenichiro Sasae
29 Jan 2014 Japan Business Forum: JAPAN UPDATE
09 Oct 2013 "Can Abenomics Save Japan?" Japan Business Forum with
10 Sep 2013 Locally Brewed Sake Tasting - Member Networking Event
06 Jun 2013 2013 Annual Dinner
19 May 2013 Japan Festival 2013
17 May 2013 Sake Tasting - SOLD OUT
16 May 2013 Win a Pair of Red Sox Tickets
02 May 2013 Win a Business Class Ticket to Japan on the direct JAL Flight
11 Mar 2013 Japanese Disaster Relief Fund Boston Final Report on Tohoku and Screening of "Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story"
10 Mar 2013 Rad Smith Program on Japanese Art presents: Ikenobo Ikebana - 550th Year Celebration
26 Feb 2013 2012 John E. Thayer, III Award - Nominations now being accepted
31 Jan 2013 Japan Business Forum with Izumi Kobayashi
13 Jan 2013 Japan Society & Boston Children's Museum Annual Oshogatsu New Year's Celebration
06 Dec 2012 Japan Business Forum with Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita
05 Nov 2012 Welcome Reception for Consul General Akira Muto
13 Mar 2011 Rad Smith Program on Japanese Art - "A Day About Japanese Tea"

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