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Save the Date!  Thursday July 18th.

Passing of Sakaye Aratani 

Our hearts are heavy. Mrs. Sakaye Aratani passed peacefully on March 18th, 2024, at the age of 104 years old. Sakaye held leadership positions at JAS for many years and had been a huge influence for our organization as well as for the Japanese and Japanese American communities in Los Angeles and beyond.  Sakaye’s heart was always devoted to serving others and was a lifelong advocate for the Japan America Society that promoted building U.S.-Japan relationships. Her kindness and generosity knew no bounds, even welcoming a JAS member recently to her home and providing a full tea-ceremony service even though she was weak from age.  If you would like to do something for the family in this difficult time, please see some options below.

Guest book:  You can see some pictures of Sakaye and sign the guest book at https://www.rememberingsakaye.com/

In lieu of gifts, the family has suggested making a donation to the organizations that were a large part of Sakaye's life:  Japan America Society of Southern California,  Japanese American National Museum, Keiro, or Japanese Cultural & Community Center.  You can find links to donate to these organizations from her guest book page https://www.rememberingsakaye.com/

Plant a Tree in Sakaye's memory:  Visit Legacy.com Sakaye's page or type in https://sympathy.legacy.com/en-us/funeral-flowers/productdetails/?type=obituary&p=206618368&pn=sakaye-aratani&affiliateId=4359&sku=tre-tim&pm=240&_gl=1*ze2hto*_gcl_au*MTAwMDU3NDExLjE3MTEzODEwNDg

The Japan America Society of Southern California is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable and educational organization consisting of individuals and corporations with an interest in Japan and in United States-Japan relations. 

We have been building Japan-America relationships since 1909.


A Message from JASSC's Chairman of the Board

Frank (Fumio) Eguchi

Read Frank Eguchi's Full Message Here

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, June 18, 2024
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Kuehne + Nagel, 20000 S. Western Ave., Torrance CA 90501

    The Japan America Society of Southern California's
    Women's Leadership Counts Committee Presents:


    A Young Professionals Career Growth + Leadership Workshop

    Learn the "IDEAL" Strategy to help build your career, based on your experience, aspirations and skills.  

    Tuesday, June 18, 2024

    Workshop - 4:30 pm ~ 6:00 pm

    Social Mixer/Networking - 6:00 pm ~ 7:00 pm

    At the Office Of Kuehne + Nagel 

    20000 S. Western Ave, Torrance CA 90501

    (complimentary parking onsite)

    This is a hybrid workshop.

    Please register to join in person or online. 

    Zoom information will be provided after registration.


    $0 for JAS members, $25 for non-members, $0 for students

    Join us for an engaging interactive workshop and social mixer!


    Graciela G. Meibar (ICF-PCC, MBA)

    Graciela is an executive coach and consultant with 30 years of corporate experience and 20 years in line management and senior management. Her expertise is in connecting people, business development, and problem solving.  She is a senior executive with a proven record of accomplishments in business development, diversity & inclusion, people management, relationship management, and building and launching new initiatives. She had a 30 year career at Mattel, Inc

    Women's Leadership Counts Committee Leadership


    Chiho Kelly             Jun Tamahashi

    Chair, WLC             Chair, WLC YP

    A Special "Thank You" to our Sponsor!


    Sima Abdi, VP

    Women In Logistics Leadership

     Kuehne + Nagel

    About Women's Leadership Counts

    In 2014, the Japan America Society of Southern California's Women's Leadership Counts (WLC) initiative was created as a first-of-its-kind initiative to provide a platform for women in business on both sides of the Pacific to engage in professional and leadership development. 

    Together with our partner organizations, business executives and community leaders, the WLC will create a network that inspires action and moves the needle on women's leadership.

    WLC's Mission Statement

    To provide an inclusive and diverse platform for women in business to engage in professional and global leadership development.

    Who Should Attend

    Current and future corporate, business, academic, non-profit and entrepreneurial women and men leaders who value the U.S-Japan collaboration and wish to expand their networks.

    Why You Should Attend

    1. LEARN from global leaders – Understanding the culture of the parent  company, management, or client from Japan or overseas is key to having a successful career.

    2. DISCOVER your potential – Build leadership and management skills and navigate through unique corporate culture in a professional environment.
    3. INVEST in yourself – Exchange ideas as well as challenges you are facing with peers and mentors, and learn tactics to advance your career. 

    4. BUILD your professional network – Meet a diverse group of women and men representing a wide variety of industries.

    Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits

    For attractive sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sachiko Usui at usui@jas-socal.org

    • Thursday, July 18, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County