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Japan Society is an American nonprofit, established in 1907 in New York. In order to deepen mutual understanding between the U.S. and Japan, the Society offers a wide range of programming on business, public policy, arts, culture, language and education.
Japan Society’s landmark building hosts modern and traditional performing arts programs, film screenings, and lectures on topics such as food and architecture. Two major gallery exhibitions are held each year, covering both traditional and contemporary Japanese art. The Society also offers a wide range of programs, including Japanese language and calligraphy classes, providing opportunities for Americans to learn about Japanese culture. The Society invites policy and business leaders from Japan and the U.S. to discuss finance, international business, and foreign policy. Other important activities include student and multidisciplinary leadership exchange programs.
In 1907, business leaders and philanthropists from Japan and the U.S. gathered for a luncheon to establish Japan Society and announce their mission: "The promotion of friendly relations between the Unites States and Japan and the diffusion among the American people of a more accurate knowledge of the people of Japan, their aims, ideals, arts, sciences, industries and economic conditions”. More than a century has passed, and this legacy continues to inspire Japan Society.
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