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May 2019 Newsletter
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JASP Spring Seminar & Golf Outing

Network with JASP members and supporters at this day-long event. This is a great opportunity to spend the day with a client, treat employees, or network with industry colleagues while supporting a noble cause. This year, we have additional opportunities for non-golfers to participate!Aerial

Start the day with a lecture from JASP Board Member and author of Asia Ascending: Insider Strategies for Competing with the Global Colossus Dennis Unkovic on the current business situation across East Asia. Then, have lunch and practice your swing with attendees involved in US-Japan business.

The golf tournament will begin at noon. Golfers compete for winning team trophies, individual skill prizes, and hole-in-one prizes. A post-golf cocktail hour will provide opportunities to meet the other guests and win raffle prizes, including Grand Prize ticket vouchers from Delta Airlines!

We hope you will join us for this fun and popular event.  register_button When: Monday, May 13
Where: Butler Country Club, 310 Country Club Rd, Butler, PA 16002 The schedule for the day is:
9:00 AM    Registration Opens
10:00 AM  Conference Speaker
11:00 AM   Lunch
12:00 PM   Tee Time

5:00 PM     Cocktail Hour, Raffle and Prizes

Member Spotlight: Oriden
artboard-1-4-x-8@3xThe JASP would like to recognize our Silver member - Oriden.

Oriden is a renewable energy venture, fully-backed by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, and will provide customized solutions for end-user energy customers — including development and permitting, construction, financing/ownership, and asset management of renewable energy projects. This new business was launched at the end of March, with a national unveiling at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s “The Future of Energy Summit” and local unveiling at Carnegie Mellon University’s “Energy Week”.  Oriden’s strength is in is best-of-both-world’s structure: autonomous, innovative, and nimble like a start-up development shop coupled with the financial strength and industry gravitas of a large Japanese multinational. In addition, the team has the combined experience of over 2 GW of successful renewable project development and will initially focus on distributed renewable solutions, with an emphasis on solar PV and energy storage systems.

Oriden's name is a play on the English word “origin” and the Japanese word “denki” (電気) meaning ‘electricity.’

We thank Oriden for their membership!arrow2

Asian American Heritage Month Mega Mixer

The Asian American Leadership Forum, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania would like to extend an invitation to their respective members for the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month networking event on May 9, 2019. JASP members are eligible for discounted admission, but the event is open to everyone.

When: Thursday, May 9, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: YuZu Kitchen, 409 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Japanese-English Reading Circle

The Japanese-English Reading Circle is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month. In addition to discussing your reading in Japanese or English with other members, there are opportunities to play games and build your confidence and vocabulary in your second language.

Upcoming Dates
Saturday, May 18, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, June 1, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, June 15, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, July 6, 5:00-6:30 PM

Kenmawr Apartments, Community Room, Ground Floor
401 Shady Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Visit the Facebook group for more information. arrow2

The JASP Welcomes New Members

Family Member:
  • Ms. Mary Howse
Student Members:
    • Ms. Mary Eberhardinger
    • Ms. Darielle Ketler

    Not a member yet? Join the JASP today!arrow2

Upcoming Community Events

Pittsburgh Sakura Project Hanami and Haiku Contest

The Pittsburgh Sakura Project, which just celebrated its 10th Anniversary of planting in North Park, will be having a Haiku Contest to celebrate the cherry trees this year. Submissions are due by May 15 and full instructions are available on the Pittsburgh Sakura Project website.  They are also seeking volunteers for weed treatment on Sundays in May and June.

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!APAHM

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Pittsburgh chapter will launch with free immigration services and free food. Everyone is welcome! Visit the Facebook event for more details and the schedule of events.

When: Saturday, May 11, 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Ave

WIE Graphic2019 Welcoming Interactive + Welcoming Economies Convening

Pittsburgh has been chosen to host the 2019 Welcoming Interactive + Welcoming Economies Convening (WIE)! The WIE is a national conference organized by Welcoming America and the WE Global Network that brings together more than 400 community leaders from across the US to address immigrant inclusion. Register today using the code "Local100" to get your tickets at a discounted rate and join us for 2.5 days full of collaborative learning with diverse experts and opportunities to network with other attendees from across the nation. 

When: May 15 - 17
Where: Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Second-Hand Book Fair 

Pittsburgh Japanese School will hold Second-hand Book Fair as a fundraiser for the school. Reservations are required my emailing  Komatsu by May 17. Book donations will be accepted on May 12 and 19. 

When: Sunday, May 19, 2:00-4:00 PM
Where: Shadyside Academy Middle School Cafeteria, 500 Squaw Run Rd E, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. Recruiting for Leadership Cohorts

1Take the personal initiative to spot the “best and brightest” within your own networks and to refer them to Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. programs.

Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier multi-disciplinary organization for leadership identification, enrichment and networking. The Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) is most suited for emerging young leaders. More information including program applications and schedules are available at
Application deadline for LDI is the first Friday in June.ori3

Origami Dance Performance

From Compagnie Furinkaï comes Origami, a bold collaboration between Franco-Japanese dancer/choreographer, Satchie Noro, and French designer/builder, Silvain Ohl. Inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding, Origami introduces an unlikely pairing: a monumental, 40-foot shapeshifting shipping container and a gravity-defying dancer.This spectacle dance performance is free to attend at the 2019 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and will be performed at the Point State Park Fountain. For the full schedule, please visit the website.

When: June 14-16
Where: Point State Park Fountainarrow2

Reiwa Era Begins with Enthronement of Naruhito

enthroneEmperor Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthamum Throne, marking the beginning of the Reiwa Era, on May 1.  For some excerpts of the ceremony, check out this video from NHK!

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