Japan America Society of Southern California

   Building Japan-America Relationships Since 1909

The Japan America Society of Southern California's

Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration





HONOREES

Since the first of Union Bank’s five predecessors opened for business in 1864, the bank’s remarkable history has been steeped in California lore and inextricably tied to the state’s history and growth in three centuries. MUFG Union Bank, N.A., a member of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), one of the world’s leading financial groups, will be honored and recognized for its commitment to being a constructive part of society, helping people and communities build something of lasting value. In 2017, MUFG Union Bank’s charitable investment in the community exceeded $16.8 million. These contributions helped finance the efforts of non-profit organizations within its marketplace. The bank has been a strong supporter of the Japan America Society since 1952.

U.S.-Japan Council is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. It is a nonprofit educational organization that will be honored and recognized for its decade of strengthening U.S.-Japan relations. U.S.-Japan Council brings together diverse leadership, engages stakeholders and explores issues that benefit communities, businesses and government entities on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. It is a Japanese American-led organization, fully dedicated to strengthening ties between the United States and Japan in a global context. Since its founding, U.S.-Japan Council has been a strong partner of the Japan America Society.


DATE & TIME
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
6pm Reception & Silent Auction
7pm Dinner Program

PLACE

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, California 90802


SILENT AUCTION Pre-Bidding

Download Silent Auction Catalog 

Download Pre-bid Form

Please submit your pre-bid by 5pm on Friday, May 11.  Pre-Bidding is open also to those who cannot attend the Anniversary Dinner. If you would like to make a pre-bid, please email Kay Amano at amano@jas-socal.org with your bid for the desired prize item!

Highest pre-bid will become the opening bid of the auction on May 16th at the JASSC’s 109th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration.


ENTERTAINMENT


Johanna Yukiko Haneda, Singer
Maksim Velichkin, Cellist

Johanna Yukiko Haneda started her career as a professional singer in 1984. She worked with an all-stars creative team, such as DAVID FOSTER, Joel Dorn, Duet with PAUL ANKA and more. Her Elegantly polished voice breathes through the range of music all from diverse backgrounds. Yukiko relocated to Los Angeles in 2011, and she is currently exploring her talent in film, television and commercials.

Maksim Velichkin is an accomplished cellist, pianist, and harpsichordist who has been active as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra artist. As an improviser and interpreter of contemporary and popular music, Maksim’s performance and recording career includes credits with noted artists Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Billy Childs, Burt Bacharach, Bobby McFerrin, Dwight Trible, Bitter:Sweet, Chris Botti, Bob James, Josh Groban, Red Elvises, Bernadette Peters, Natalie Cole, Alan Silvestri, Richard Thompson and many others.


MENU
(Choice of one entree from the following)

New York Strip Steak 

Grilled, with charred onion, cabernet demi 
Yukon gold mashed potatoes with creamery butter and rainbow carrots


Pan Seared Snapper
Orzo spinach pasta with feta cheese, crisp capers with lemon butter sauce


Tofu Spinach Napoleon (Vegetarian/Vegan option)
With grilled tomatoes, balsamic vinegar reduction


ADMISSION

Individual Seat....... $325 per guest
Table Sponsors .............. $4,000 and up


For additional information or VIP Reception and attractive sponsorship opportunities,
please contact Kay Amano, Programs Director, at amano@jas-socal.org or 310-965-9050 ext. 104.




Kokusai Shimin Sho
"International Citizens Award" Recipients


The perpetual Kokusai Shimin Sho “International Citizens Award” (known until 1988 as the ‘Victor M. Carter Award’) is presented at the Japan America Society of Southern California’s Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebrations.

The Award honors and recognizes “individuals, businesses or organizations that have substantively and significantly enhanced the Japan–United States relationship and that are committed to the strengthening of bonds between the two nations.” Please see the partial list of past Honorees below (Titles indicate position at the time award received):

Arts, Culture, Literature and Sport
  • The Disneyland® Resort
  • Taylor Anderson, JET Programme Assistant Language Teacher
  • James Clavell, Author and Screenwriter
  • Rod Dedeaux, Co-Founder, U.S.-Japan College Baseball Championship Series
  • Montgomery "Monty" Dickson, JET Programme Assistant Language Teacher
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Renzo Ishii, Co-Founder, U.S.-Japan College Baseball Championship Series
  • Kitaro, Grammy and Golden Globe Award Winning Composer and Musician
  • Tommy Lasorda, Special Advisor to the Chairman, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Etsuko & Joe D. Price, Founders, Shin’enkan Foundation, Recipients, 2006 Japan Foundation Award
  • Takuma Sato, IndyCar Race Car Driver

Government
  • Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Forces of “OPERATION TOMODACHI”
  • Ambassador James D. Hodgson, 22nd United States Ambassador to Japan
  • Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, Government of Japan
  • Ambassador John V. Roos, 29th United States Ambassador to Japan
  • Ambassador Taizo Watanabe, Government of Japan
  • Governor Pete Wilson, State of California

Business
  • Seiichiro Akita, Executive Officer, Head of Asian Corporate Banking, MUFG Americas Holdings
  • Yukiatsu Akizawa, President and CEO, am/pm Japan Company, Ltd.
  • C. Michael Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
  • Walter F. Beran, Co-Chairman Emeritus, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Philip M. Condit, Chairman and CEO, The Boeing Company
  • Yoshikazu Hanawa, Chairman and CEO, Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.
  • Russell Hanlin, Jr., President, Sunkist Growers, Inc.
  • Yoshi Inaba, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
  • Dr. Kazuo Inamori, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Kyocera Corporation
  • Takashi Kiuchi, Chairman and CEO, Mitsubishi America Corporation
  • Minoru Makihara, Chairman, Mitsubishi International Corporation
  • Tomo Mizutani, President, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc.
  • Akira Ohno, Chairman Emeritus, Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Edward Perron, Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Richard Rosenberg, Chairman and CEO, Bank of America
  • Tasuku Takagaki, Chairman, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
  • Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Kazuhiro Tsuga, CEO, Panasonic Corporation
  • Takuji Yamada, President & CEO, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Airlines that Bridge Southern California and Japan
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Japan Airlines
  • United Airlines

Ports that Serve as “Gateways Across the Pacific”
  • Port of Hueneme
  • Port of Long Beach
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Port of Kobe


Past Anniversary Dinners


The Japan America Society of Southern California has held its Anniversary Dinners at unique venues, providing a once-in-a-lifetime, memorable evening for supporters and guests.


108th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration

107th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration


106th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration


105th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipients: Tomo Mizutani, President, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas, Inc., Taylor Anderson and Montgomery "Monty" Dickson, JET Programme Assistant Language Teachers
  • June 17, 2014
  • Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel (Beverly Hills, CA)
  • Photos
  • Silent Auction Catalog
  • 105th Anniversary Dinner Tribute CD

104th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
103rd Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
102nd Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient: Dr. Kazuo Inamori, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Kyocera Corporation and Founder, KDDI Corporation and Chairman, Japan Airlines
  • April 2, 2011
  • The Westin South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA)
  • Silent Auction Catalog
  • 102nd Anniversary Dinner Tribute CD
101st Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient: Ambassador John V. Roos, 29th United States Ambassador to Japan
  • June 9, 2010
  • Club Nokia, L.A. Live (Los Angeles, CA)

Centennial Dinner & Gala Celebration

  • Centennial Celebration of Japan America Society of Southern California
  • June 15, 2009
  • The Globe Theatre, Universal Studios Hollywood (Hollywood, CA)

99th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
Featuring The Age of Imagination: Japanese Art from the Price Collection

  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient:Etsuko & Joe D. Price
  • June 25, 2008
  • Pavilion for Japanese Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA) 

98th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
Gateway Across the Pacific

  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient: Port of Kobe, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Hueneme
  • April 18, 2007
  • World Cruise Center (San Pedro, CA)

97th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
Bridging the Skies Across the Pacific

  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient: All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Japan Airlines, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines
  • July 15, 2006
  • Air Force One Pavilion at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley, CA)

96th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
Celebrating Amateur Baseball Across the Pacific

  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient: Renzo Ishii, Baseball Coach Emeritus, Waseda University, Japan and Rod Dedeaux, Director of Baseball, Emeritus, University of Southern California
  • May 11, 2005
  • On the Playing Field of Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

94th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
Celebrating National Pastimes Across the Pacific

  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient: Tommy Lasorda, Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Dodgers and Yukiatsu Akizawa, President & CEO, am/pm Japan
  • May 19, 2003
  • On the Playing Field of Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)
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