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Indo-Pacific Security and Multilateral Strategic Cooperation: Present and Future

Join us for a virtual discussion on March 24th. We are honored to host two experts on the subject of the current and future Indo-Pacific and multilateral strategic cooperation.

Date & Time:
U.S.: March 24, 2021 @ 6:00 – 7:00 PM (U.S. Central Time)
Japan: March 25, 2021 @ 8:00 – 9:00 AM (Japan Time)

Through this program, we would like to be able to open up our mental windows to understand the politics of current security issues in the Indo-Pacific region, including such factors as diplomacy, business interests, the possibility of military intervention, diplomacy, and the ideologies of all the actors involved.

We want to inform the Austin and Central Texas communities about how the nations of the Indo-Pacific are responding to increasing Chinese activities in the East and South-East Sea and Indo-Pacific Ocean. What are the strategies of the U.S. and Japan in response to China's behavior in view of its political ideologies and cultural values?

We will feature expert speakers Professor Yoshikatsu Kanehara and Ambassador David F. Shear, who will discuss the current and future status of multilateral strategic cooperation on security issues and how these factors will affect daily life in each country in the Indo-Pacific region. Among the issues to be discussed will be the US-Japan relationship, the QUAD alliance, and the political values and economic status of each nation. We will also invite Dr. Patricia Maclachlan from the University of Texas at Austin Department of Government and Asian Studies Department to serve as moderator.
              
   Amb. David B. Shear                Prof. Yoshikatsu Kanehara           Dr. Patricia Maclachlan (moderator)

David B. Shear is an American diplomat who was a career Foreign Service Officer. Shear served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs from July 2014 to June 2016. Prior to his nomination for this position, he served as United States Ambassador to Vietnam. He was also formerly deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs at the U.S. Department of State; he joined the State Department in 1982 and has served in Washington, Sapporo, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.

Nobukatsu Kanehara is a Faculty of Law Department of Political Science, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. He served as assistant chief cabinet secretary to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from 2012 to 2019. In 2013, he also became the inaugural deputy secretary-general of the National Security Secretariat. He also served as deputy director of the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office.  Mr. Kanehara served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as director-general of the Bureau of International Law, deputy director-general of the Foreign Policy Bureau, Ambassador in charge of the United Nations and Human Rights, deputy director-general of European affairs in charge of Russia and Eastern Europe. He served abroad as deputy chief of mission in Seoul; minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.; and minister of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations.

Patricia Maclachlan, PhD, who arrived at UT in 1997, is Professor of Government and Asian Studies and the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professor of Japanese Studies. She received her Ph.D in political science and Japan studies in 1996 from Columbia University and spent one year as a research associate in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests include comparative political institutions and the politics and political economy of East Asia, with a focus on Japan.

We will learn more about security issues facing Japan and the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan. This will be an opportunity for those in our organization who are not familiar with geopolitical security issues, especially those concerning Indo-Pacific and the Asia Pacific, to learn and become better informed about those issues.

This webinar will be conducted virtually and sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and NAJAS.  Open to the public and free webinar.  >>> Register HERE

Generously supported by                               Promotional Partners

                                                            

2021 Spring Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

Register Now for Spring 2021 Japanese Language, Shodo Calligraphy, and Japanese Business English Classes!  

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Spring 2021 classses will be held using Google Meet (G Suite.)  

Thank you for your interest in the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese calligraphy program. We currently offer Japanese Kana intensive, Japanese language (emphasizing conversation, listening, reading, and writing), Shodo Japanese calligraphy, Japanese Business English classes at various levels in Austin. Due to popular demand, we have added new classes (Kana Intensive Prep.) with qualified, native Japanese instructors. 

Registration is now open!

At a glance:

  • Class location this Spring 2020: Virtual online classroom
  • The start date: 1/18(M), 1/20(W), 1/25(M)), 1/26(T), 1/27(W), 1/28(Th), 1/29(F), 1/30(S), 2/1(M), 2/2(T)
  • Levels from total beginner to advanced and children & young teens, Japanese Business English, and Shodo Japanese calligraphy lessons with a certified, Japanese calligraphy teacher
  • Qualified, Native Japanese instructors
  • 10 meetings of 1-hour classes, once per week
  • Available Hiragana and Katakana Intensive classes (1/18 & 1/20)
  • Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparatory course
  • Classes of 3 - 8 students
  • Tailored private tutoring class available (with qualified, native Japanese instructors)
  • Offers Corporate Program
  • Children and/or young teens class are avaialble
  • Registration Deadline: 1/19 (katakana intensive);  Fri, 1/22

Class Information

Hiragana Intensive - Austin 1/18   6:00 - 7:30 pm
Katakana Intensive - Austin 1/20   6:00 - 7:30 pm
Beginning I - Austin 1/25 - 3/29   6:00-7:00pm
Beginning II - Austin  1/25 - 3/29   7:00-8:00pm
Beginning III - Austin 1/27 - 3/31   6:00-7:00pm
Beginning IV - Austin 1/27 - 3/31   7:00-8:00pm
Intermediate I - Austin 1/26 - 3/30   7:00-8:00pm
Intermediate III-Austin 1/28 - 4/1     6:00-7:00pm
Pre-Advanced I -Austin 1/29 - 4/2     6:00-7:00pm
Pre-Advanced III - Austin 1/28 - 4/1     7:00-8:00pm
Advanced III/IV - Austin 2/9 -   4/13    7:00-8:00pm
Advanced V/VI - Austin 2/11 - 4/15    7:00-8:00pm
Children /Young Teens 2/1 -   4/5     4:30-5:20pm
Shodo Calligraphy I/II/III (1) 1/30 - 2//27   2:00-3:00pm 
Shodo Calligraphy I/II/III (2) mid/end March ~

Information

Language & Shodo class discounts are available to all Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) General Members and employees of Corporate Members.   Note that the benefit offers depends on the Corporate Membership Level.

2020 Japan Fall Festival - 14th Annual Aki Matsuri

The COVID pandemic has affected the entire world, so JASGA is presenting this year's festival virtually in consideration of our residents, visitors, and performers’ and demonstrator's health and safety.  

Join us to celebrate the 14th Aki Matsuri -  Fall Japan Festival in Austin TX !

[FREE ONLINE EVENT] 
JASGA Virtual AKi Matsuri
Saturday, November 21, 2020 1:00 2:00PM

 *** Enjoy Streamed Video

DONATION / SPONSORSHIP is greatly appreciated!

Japanese Budō / Bujutsu Presentation and Panel Discussion

Budō /Bujutsu - Japanese Martial Arts - The Way of Peace of Mind

Join us for a special evening. A presentation and panel discussion on Japanese Budō/Bujutsu on Friday, September 25 at 5:00pm, CST.

This event is part of a series of Japanese cultural and educational programs presented by the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin.

The term "Japanese martial arts" refers to the variety of martial arts native to the country of Japan. At least three Japanese terms (budo, bujutsu, bugei) are used interchangeably with the English phrase Japanese martial arts.

The use of term budō (武道) to mean martial arts is a modern one. Historically, the term meant a way of life encompassing physical, spiritual and moral dimensions with a focus of self-improvement, fulfillment, and personal growth.

In modern usage, bujutsu (武術) translates as martial art, military science, or military strategy depending on context, and is typified by its practical application of technique to real-world or battlefield situations. Budō, meaning martial way, has a more philosophical emphasis.

2020 Fall Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese Calligraphy

Register Now for Fall 2020 Japanese Language, Shodo Calligraphy, and Japanese Business English Classes!  

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Fall 2020 classses will be held using Google Meet (G Suite.)  

Thank you for your interest in Japan-America Society of Greater Austin's Japanese Language and Shodo Japanese calligraphy program. We currently offer Japanese language (emphasizing conversation, listening, reading, and writing), Shodo Japanese calligraphy, Japanese Business English classes at various levels in Austin. Due to popular demand, we have added new classes (Children/Young Teens, Japanese Business English & English Presentation) with qualified, native Japanese instructors. 

Registration is now open!

At a glance:

Pecha-Kucha Storytelling Evening

Please join us for the 2020 Cultural and Educational speakers series. JASGA will present a virtual Pecha-Kucha Evening on Friday, July 31st at 5:00 pm.

Our first Pecha-Kucha presentation has several themes: Town-city-regional development, community engagement, grassroots activities, and US-Japan friendship.  Each of our four speakers will talk about one or more of these themes.

Pecha-Kucha is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides with 20 seconds of commentary for each slide.  At our Pecha-Kucha event, several professional people will talk in a virtual session to share their expertises, insights, and future plans with the audience.