Japan-America Society of Houston to Celebrate 45 Years with November Gala Business Wire HOUSTON -- September 24, 2013 The Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH) is pleased to announce that its 2013 Annual Gala will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Omni Hotel Houston. This year’s honorary chair is Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer, the former United States Ambassador to Japan. Ambassador Schieffer served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2005 to 2009 and was presented with the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 2009. Minoru “Ben” Makihara, the former President and CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation and current Senior Corporate Advisor to Mitsubishi, will be traveling to Houston from Tokyo to join the event as a special guest speaker. This year, the annual JASH Gala is themed “Strengthening Ties, Shaping the Future,” as JASH celebrates 45 years of connecting peoples and cultures within the Houston Community. Using the Japanese celebratory knot mizuhiki as a symbol for the bonds between Japan and Houston, the event will be a festive and colorful affair that highlights Japanese culture and the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship of JASH within the Houston area. The Gala benefits activities that include Japanese Language Classes, Japan Festival, Youth Ambassador Exchange Programs, State and Regional Japanese Language Speech Contests, and other business, cultural, and education related programming. George Avdey, President and CEO of Kuraray America, Inc., is acting Chair of the annual Gala and a Japan-America Society of Houston Board Member. He commented, “Our Annual Gala is a time when we celebrate the accomplishments of those who have worked with JASH as well as come together to grow and expand our future bonds within the Houston-area and share the unique and interesting aspects of Japanese culture.” For more information about the Japan-America Society of Houston or to buy tickets, please contact Patsy Yoon Brown at PYBrown@jas-hou.org or 713.963.0121. About the Japan-America Society of Houston It is the mission of the Japan-America Society of Houston, Inc. (JASH) to encourage mutual understanding of Japan by Americans and of America by Japanese, and to encourage communication between the two countries. The Japan-America Society of Houston serves to elevate and strengthen the vital cultural and educational foundations of the U.S.-Japan relationship and to support people-to-people understanding in the areas of business, culture, and education. www.jas-hou.org Contact: Japan-America Society of Houston Patsy Yoon Brown, 713.963.0121 PYBrown@jas-hou.org
Japan-America Society of Houston to Celebrate 45 Years with November Gala
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