Our Mission and History
The mission of JASSW is to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of Japan and Washington State by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information.
JASSW was founded on July 24, 1923 by leaders from Seattle’s business, academic, and diplomatic communities. Except for a brief period during World War II, our organization has remained active in fostering Japan-Washington State trade, business, and cultural activities and maintains a close relationship with key government and private organizations, such as the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle and the Japan Business Association of Seattle.
Today, we maintain a diverse membership of Japanese and American corporations and individuals from throughout the state and provide varied programs that build positive U.S.-Japan relations. The Society is one of 38 independent members of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.
Until the 1980s, JASSW was run entirely by volunteers; today, our staff consists of full-time professionals and our Board of Directors is headed by an elected Chair and composed of local and state leaders in business, government, education, and the arts.