PO Box 330003, Nashville, TN 37203
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. Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Society are The Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee, 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. Goals Providing to the citizens of Tennessee accurate information about the people of Japan and their culture; Promoting social, cultural, scientific and educational interchange between Tennessee and Japan; and
Encouraging appreciation and respect for the differences and similarities of the cultures of the peoples of Japan and Tennessee.