What We Are

The America Japan Society (AJS, a general incorporated association) was founded by the US and Japanese intellectual individuals in 1917 when the international environment was still tumultuous. AJS is one of the oldest Japanese private entities for interactive activities between Japan and US. Since its establishment during the past century, in order to forge a better Japan-US relationship, wishing peace and stability for Japan-US relations as well as for the world, the Society has been pursuing activities for educational/cultural interchange, human and intellectual exchange with mutual respect for history, culture, common practice and the traditional identity of the respective nations.

The Centennial Reception in 2017 was attended by the then Emperor and Empress of Japan, as well as Prime Minister Abe and his wife, Foreign Minister Kishida and his wife, the Chairman of Keidanren, and many others from Japan and the United States.

Getting into the next new century, in order to inherit the Society's mission and vision, we will explicate more diversified and attractive activities that correspond to the demands of the times so that the younger generations bearing responsibilities for Japan-US relations should recognize and inherit the importance of the relationship of the two countries.

  • Monthly lectures and dialogues by prominent speakers on timely issues
  • Symposium/forum about Japan-US history and common issues between the two nations
  • International Symposium of America-Japan Societies alternately held every two years in US and Japan
  • A discussion and networking program for American and Japanese young professionals age 40 and under, which is held at Roppongi Hills Club on the 51st floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower or Akasaka Ark Hills
  • Reception at U.S. Ambassador's residence
  • Visits to U.S. military bases at Yokosuka and Yokota
  • Horse race viewing at the VIP room at Tokyo Racecourse in Fuchu and Golf outing (two times a year)
  • Social gathering (Happy Hour) at AJS office