June 8  ~ Japan America Society 20th Anniversary Dinner at the Westin Detroit Book Cadillac Hotel on Tuesday June 8th, 2010. The event was hosted by Japan America Society Chairman, Dennis Archer The evening began with a reception with the Society’s Honorary Chairpersons, Governor Jennifer Granholm, the Consul General of Japan, Kazuhide Ishikawa and the Consul General of Canada, Robert Noble that featured an exhibition of modern Japanese art.  The formal ceremony was launched by White Pine Glee Club’s presentation of the national anthems of the United States, Japan and Canada. Dennis Archer and Governor Granholm gave speeches that highlighted many aspects of the long term relationship between Michiganders and Japanese people living in the State and the Japan America Society’s collaborative efforts with local organizations such as the Japan Business Society of Detroit, the University of Michigan and the Detroit Institute of Arts.  The evening was filled with the music of Yoko Noge and the Jazz Me Blues Band, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and Warner, Norcross and Judd LLP. $0Over the last 20 years the Japan America Society of Greater Detroit and Windsor has been promoting international understanding and friendship through annual events like this one that keep local business leaders on familiar and friendly terms with Japanese business leaders as they arrive and are called away again after a few years.  The Society has addressed issues affecting these business people with speakers on topics ranging from NAFTA’s beginnings to financial markets in Japan to Joint ventures and international security.  The Society has fostered several Ambassadorial visits. It has furthered understanding throughout the community with Japanese art exhibits, cross-cultural training programs, language training programs, and culinary programs. It has presented the traditions of Japan through theater, film and music with the Detroit Institute of Arts and all of the local Universities. It has hosted Japanese artists ranging from Taiko drummers to classical musicians who have played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  It has shown our Japanese guests residing in Michigan the local color of our golf courses, of Shakespearean theatre in Stratford Ontario, and the institutions and architectural gems of Michigan’s automotive heritage. The 20th Anniversary celebration continued throughout 2010 with the Midwest U.S.- Japan Association Conference on September 11 – 14, 2010 and the  commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the  Detroit-Toyota Sister City Relationship on December 15th, 2010. . $0