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 COVID-19 Update

In the interest of the health and safety of our staff, members, and broader Japanese community, we have made the decision to close the JASM office. For the time being, we have been providing online activities.  Staff members are working remotely and will continue to be available as much as possible via e-mail.

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    • 2020-12-11
    • (CST)
    • 2021-04-30
    • (CDT)

    JASM is continuing its fundraising via our web shop. We are offering  Japanese festival masks including a fox, rabbit, or Hello Kitty option. We are offering these beautifully-designed masks, kimonos, flower vases, and other items for pick-up with your donation. Please click here to view the store on our website. We are adding new items weekly, so check the shop often to discover new items.

    Japanese Festival Masks:  For a $12 donation ($10 for members), we are offering these beautiful and uniquely designed festival masks made in various colors and patterns and are made of plastic material. The dimensions of the fox masks are: width: 6.5 inch/ 16.5 cm height: 6 inch/ 15 cm. Please check the item details for more information regarding the dimensions of each item.

    Please stay tuned for other items on the JASM Marketplace page on our website!

    • 2021-03-09
    • 15:00 - 16:00 (CST)
    • Webinar
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    Please join us on March 9th from 3-4pm as North Dakota farmer and businessman, Bob Sinner, shares how he and his partners diversified their family farming business to take advantage of growing and unique agricultural trade opportunities abroad and specifically with the country of Japan. 

    Building on a family farming heritage that began in 1906, SB&B Foods, LLC. has expanded by creating an international business to supply food-quality soybeans and other food-grade commodities directly to food manufacturers.

    Bob will share his first-hand experience working with Japan customers and how Upper Midwest farmers are providing key ingredients for Japanese products, including a tofu produced in Japan that is named after Bob himself.

    Additionally, Bob will share key insights on relationship management, leveraging the advantages of North Dakota’s agricultural capabilities, taking advantage of IP trends and navigating the challenges and opportunities in the current international trade climate.

    Robert (Bob) Sinner has spent his entire life in North Dakota. After graduating from North Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural economics , Bob joined the family farming operation. Before SB&B actively pursued an expansion into international business, Bob served on the executive committee of the United Soybean Board and as chairman of its International Promotion Committee. In 1989, SB&B expanded by creating an international business to supply food-quality soybeans and later other food-grade commodities directly to food manufacturers globally. Japan has been a primary market with some unique success in the tofu industry. 

    Bob serves as President of both SB&B Foods, the company marketing entity, and Identity Ag Processing, the state-of-the-art processing company, with two locations. In 2007, SB&B Foods received the North Dakota Exporter of the Year Award. Then in 2009, SB&B was presented with the North Dakota Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Bob currently also serves as president of SSGA (Specialty Soya & Grains Alliance), a national association of identity-preserved agriculture food ingredient suppliers . He has been and remains active in a variety of civic, state, regional, and national organizations including the North Dakota Trade Office board of directors and the National Agriculture Transportation Coalition advisory board. His three sons are also involved in the business.

    Available in Japanese, the Web Labo Co-op offers more information about Japanese products which have been made in part by North Dakota farmers, including a tofu variety named after Bob Sinner. Bob also guest-blogs on the site. 

    This event is free thanks to the sponsorship provided by the National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS) and the Embassy of Japan.

    Supporting organization: North Dakota Trade Office.
    • 2021-03-14
    • 15:00 - 17:00 (CDT)
    • Webinar
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    Mark your calendars for March 14th from 3-5pm! In place of Shinnenkai this year, we will be holding an online entertainment event for Shinshunkai, or the spring festival. We are looking forward to it!

    $10: Non-member

    $8: Member

    Stay tuned as we announce more information on performers for this amazing event!

Connecting Japan and Minnesota for nearly 50 years

The Japan America Society of Minnesota is a member-supported, non-profit organization established to promote mutual understanding and friendship between Japanese and US citizens. Through our programs and events, we endeavor to promote an appreciation of cultural, educational, economic, public, and other affairs of interest to both peoples. JASM also connects and supports Minnesota's seven Japanese sister cities, two Japanese-language Saturday schools, over 100 Japanese corporate subsidiaries, and a host of other organizations dedicated to Japan-related topics from Anime to Zen. JASM is open to individuals, corporations, and other organizations interested in supporting its missionFounded in 1972, JASM is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.


JASM is supported by hundreds of individuals and over 40 Companies and Non-Profit Organizations. Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Corporate Benefactors

Daikin Applied 

Delta Air Lines, Inc.  

Sawai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd     

Taiyo International, Inc.

Corporate Contributors

Briggs and Morgan, P.A.     IACE TRAVEL     

Satellite Industries, Inc.     UMEI     Vios Medical Inc.

Corporate Sustaining Members

     Deloitte Tax, LLP 

Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson, PC     Japan Lifeline Co.Ltd

Mall of America     Metropolitan Airports Commission     MGK, Inc.

Naigai Industries     U.S.A. Inc. Satellite Industries, Inc.

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

Partners in Service

JK's Table     Kiku Enterprises, Inc.     Minnesota Trade Office

Origami Restaurant     Sakura Restaurant

Saint Paul Saints Baseball Club     Saji-Ya Restaurant

Suishin Restaurant

Tomodachi     Voyager  Group Inc.   Zen Healing Center     

Nonprofit Members

Concordia Language Villages     Economic Club of Minnesota     Global Minnesota

JETAA Minnesota     JETRO Chicago     JP Network, St. Cloud State University

KCC-Japan Education Exchange     Macalester College Asian Language & Culture Department

Minneapolis Japanese School     Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minnesota Council of Teachers of Japanese     Minnesota Orchestra     Mu Performing Arts

NDSU-Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection     Twin Cities Aikido Center

UMN Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

University of North Dakota-Grand Forks     Winona State University Global Studies Dept.


Japan America Society of Minnesota

P.O. Box 26639

Minneapolis, MN 55426

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