Footsteps of the America-Japan Society, Inc. (Chronology)

1917. 4 America-Japan Society founded in Tokyo
Viscount Kentaro Kaneko becomes the first president.
1923. 9 Great Kanto Earthquake
The Society assists doctors, nurses and relief supplies arriving from the U.S. The Society receives a $100,000 contribution from the Japan Society of New York.
1924.10 Prince Iyesato Tokugawa becomes the second president.
1924.12 Welcome dinner given in honor of Ambassador Edgar A. Bancroft
1926. 9 The First Lincoln Essay Contest to commemorate the Lincoln Centennial
1928. 6 Presentation ceremony of the relics of Commodore Perry to the Imperial Museum
1931. 8 Welcome dinner given in honor of Col. and Mrs. Charles A. Lindbergh
1932. 6 Welcome luncheon given in honor of Ambassador Joseph C. Grew
1934. 4 80th anniversary banquet to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Amity between Japan and U.S.
1934.10 The Society becomes incorporated.
1935. 5 Ambassador Grew Golf Cup competition established as an annual event
1941.11 Count Aisuke Kabayama becomes the third president.
1944. 5 War time suspension of the Society activities
1948. 6 The first general meeting held after the war. The Society resumes its activities.
1949 General and Mrs. MacArthur attend the Society’s tea party.
1950.12 Mr. Takashi Komatsu becomes the fourth president.
1951. 2 Mr. John Foster Dulles, Special Envoy of the President of the United States, speaks at the Society’s luncheon.
1951. 8 Farewell dinner given in honor of the Japanese delegation to the San Francisco Peace Conference
1951.11 Vice President Alben William Barkley speaks at the Society’s function
1952. 2 Mr. Dean Rusk, Special Representative of the President of the United States speaks at the Society’s luncheon.
1953.11 Vice President Richard M. Nixon speaks at the Society’s luncheon
1954. 6 The Society presents “Shofuso,” a full-scale traditional Japanese house and garden, to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
1959. 2 Selection Committee selects candidates for the Harvard University International Seminar.
1960. 4 Former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida becomes the fifth president.
1960. 5 President Eisenhower Golf Cup competition established as an annual event.
1960.10 Welcome home banquet given in honor of Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Princess after their return from goodwill visit to the U.S.
1961. 5 Ambassador Edwin O. Reischauer speaks at the Society’s welcome luncheon
1963.12 The Society organizes National Memorial Assembly for President John F. Kennedy
1964. 1 Secretary of State David Dean Rusk speaks at the Society’s function
1964. 4 Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon gives speech at the AJS-ACCJ luncheon.
1967.12 The 50th anniversary banquet
1968. 3 Former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi becomes the sixth president.
1968. 8 President Kishi Golf Cup competition established as an annual event.
1974.11 Welcome reception given in honor of President Gerald R. Ford
1976. 7 The Society participates in various activities held in celebration of the American Bicentennial.
1977.10 Welcome luncheon given in honor of “Mike” J. Mansfield
1981.11 Welcome luncheon given in honor of Vice President Walter F. Mondale
1983. 6 Great Space Shuttle exhibition
1984.11 Former Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda becomes the seventh president.
1987. 4 The 70th anniversary banquet
1995. 6 The First International Symposium of Japan-America Societies held in Honolulu, Hawaii
1995. 9 Ambassador Yoshio Okawara becomes the eighth president.
1996. 6 The First AJS Essay Contest
1997. 4 The 80th anniversary banquet
1997. 9 The First America Forum
1998. 5 The Second International Symposium of Japan-America Societies held in Fukuoka
2000. 3 AJS Scholarship Program to IUC (Inter-University Center) students launched
2001. 9 The Third International Symposium of Japan-America Societies held in San Francisco
2001. 9 Memorial Ceremony for “All Victims of 9.11 Terrorist Attacks in the U.S.” jointly organized with the Japanese government
2002.10 The First Tokyo Forum by the US and Japanese ambassadors
2004. 4 The US-Japan 150th Anniversary ceremony held in Yokohama
2006. 4 The Fifth International Symposium of Japan-America Societies held in Kyoto
2007. 4 The 90th anniversary banquet
2007. 9 The Second Tokyo Forum by the US and Japanese ambassadors
2008.10 First American Study Grant Program
2010. 8 The Seventh International Symposium of Japan-America Societies held in Akita
2012. 4 Banquet commemorating Japan-US centennial cherry tree exchange
2012. 4 “Another History of Japan-US Relations-the 20th century observed via AJS archives-“ published
2012. 5 AJS is registered as General Incorporated Association and adopts new articles of incorporation
2012. 8 The Eighth International Symposium of Japan-America Societies held in Dallas
2013. 7 Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki becomes the ninth president
2013.11 Welcome luncheon given in honor of Ambassador Caroline B. Kennedy
2014. 9 The Ninth International Symposium of Japan America Societies held in Sapporo
2015. 6 Special Symposium “ Japan-US Cultural Exchanges-Past and Future” held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Pacific War end
2016. 5 The 99th Anniversary “Happy Together” Gala Dinner held in Tokyo
2016.10 The Tenth International Symposium of Japan America Societies held in Atlanta