Japan-America Society of Tennesseehttp://www.jastn.com
Established in 2000 to promote friendly relations and cultural understanding between the people of the state of Tennessee and Japan, the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc. (JAST) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, funded by individual and corporate membership fees, and grants from government institutions and private foundations. JAST goals are to provide, to the citizens of Tennessee, accurate information about the people of Japan and their culture; promote social, cultural, scientific and educational interchange between Tennessee and Japan; and, encourage appreciation and respect for the differences and similarities of the cultures of the people of Japan and Tennessee. Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Society are The Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennesee; the Honorable Howard H. Baker, Jr., former U.S. Senator and U.S. Ambassador to Japan; and The Honorable Motohiko Kato, Consul General of Japan in Nashville. Headquartered in Nashville, with a Regional Center at the University of Memphis, JAST is overseen by a 25-member volunteer Board of Directors from leading businesses, institutions and organizations from across the state.