COVID-19 Info & Announcements / コロナウイルス2019情報・お知らせ

COVID-19 / コロナウイルス2019

As we observe one year with COVID-19, we at the NC Japan Center recognize the tragedy so many of our community members, and the world, have experienced. It is a testament to you all – your resiliency, strength, and empathy – that we are now seeing a glimmer of hope and light on the other side of the pandemic. We are thinking of you and stand ready to help however we can.

We shall continue to provide updates on COVID-19-related information, on a smaller scale in comparison to the beginning of the pandemic. If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

The first case of COVID-19 reported in North Carolina was on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, in Wake County (as of 4-1-21, there have been 916,159 “laboratory-confirmed cases” in North Carolina). We urge everyone to educate themselves on this virus, and to adhere to government guidelines on how best to avoid exposure, whilst respecting and supporting each other, no matter our country of origin.

ノースカロライナ州ではこの20年3月1日(火曜日)にウェイク郡で最初のコロナウィルスの感染者が報告されました(21年4月1日時点:コロナウィルス感染者数 915,159人(死亡者、回復患者含む) )。今は誰もがこのウイルスについて正しく理解し、出身国に関係なくお互いを尊重し、支援しながら、感染拡大を食い止めるよう政府のガイドラインに従うことを強くお願いさせていただきます。



March 25, 2021: Governor Cooper Update on COVID-19, Vaccines and Restrictions:


特集 新型コロナウイルス感染拡大の影響: (JETRO)




12月27日:解説レポート「米国における新型コロナウィルス大型救済策第 2 ラウンドの概要」


NU Tech: “COVID-19 Emergency Student Support Fund:”
Help support struggling students at Nagoya University during this difficult time.

Many Nagoya University students are facing unexpected hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tokai National Higher Education and Research System (THERS) has launched COVID-19 emergency countermeasure project, Student Support Plan, “Don’t Give Up Dreams”, in which we will support students in financial hardship due to COVID-19. Some measures, such as providing an emergency stipend and postponing tuition payment deadline have already been announced.

Under this initiative, Nagoya University has established the Emergency Student Support Fund against COVID-19 for a limited time (until March 31, 2021). All the donations will be used for struggling students at Nagoya University. Please help the students to pursue their dreams even in this unprecedented turmoil.

To donate, copy and paste following link into your browser:

Click “Donate,” then “Support for Special Fund” from the “Purpose of Donation” section. Then, select “COVID-19 Emergency Student Support Fund.”
Please continue according to the instructions that follow.



東海国立大学機構では新型コロナウイルス感染症緊急対策プロジェクトを立ち上げ,学生支援プラン ~夢をあきらめるな~ をキャッチコピーに、保護者等の家計急変やアルバイト収入減などにより経済的に困窮している学生を支援するため,生活支援金の支給及び授業料納付の延期策を公表しました。併せて名古屋大学においても,これらの施策の財源を下支えすべく、新型コロナウイルス感染症対策緊急学生支援基金を期間限定(令和3年3月31日まで)で設置いたしました。つきましては,総長メッセージを高覧のうえ,その趣旨に共感,ご賛同いただけましたら,是非とも当基金にご支援を賜りますよう,よろしくお願い申し上げます。



Upcoming COVID-19-related Webinars/Articles:

January 4: CNN Article
“Japan’s Geishas Feeling the Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic:”


January 4: CNN Article
“Japan Poised for State of Emergency as Covid-19 Cases Soar”


Past COVID-19-related Webinars/Articles:

January 21: 2:00 – 3:30PM (EST): U.S. – Japan Council
Finding Mindful Solace During a Torrid Covid Storm






January 13: 7:00PM (EST): Japan Society of Northern California
Japan Outlook: 2021

*ENGLISH PROGRAM* Prime Minister Suga faces a host of challenges in 2021, including the COVID 19 virus, a stagnant economy, hosting of the postponed Olympics, rising US-China tensions, continued conflict with South Korea, a new American Administration, fast-changing technology, and two elections that will determine his political fate and longevity. How Japan addresses these challenges will have an important impact on the US-Japan relationship and the Bay Area.

Please join us at the Japan Society of Northern California’s annual Japan Outlook program on January 13, 4:00-5:30 Pacific Time (January 14 9:00AM Japan time) to hear two experts from Tokyo discuss the political, economic and security outlook for Japan and prospects for the US-Japan relationship in 2021.Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundationand one of Japan’s foremost experts on Japan’s foreign and security policy, and Jesper Koll, CEO of Wisdom Tree Japan and one of Japan’s top economiccommentators for more than three decades, will present their insights about prospects for Japan’s economy, domestic politics, and foreign policy. The conversation will be moderated by incoming Japan Society Chairman Larry Greenwood.

You don’t want to miss this unusual opportunity to hear from two of Japan’s top experts talking about prospects for Japan in what we all hope will be a much more positive and less stressful year than 2020 turned out to be.

Date and Time US: January 13th, 2021 @ 4:00 PM (Pacific Time) | January 14th, 2021 @ 9:00 AM(Japan)

You will receive the Zoom information in your confirmation email

Please consider making a donation. If you would like to donate a different amount, please select “Support the Japan Society!” to the left after you have registered. The Japan Society greatly appreciates your support
January 13, 2021 7:00PM (EST)






January 12: 6:00PM (EST): JASG
US-Japan COVID-19 Webinar: What We Learned and What’s Next

While healthcare professionals across the globe work tirelessly to keep patients healthy, medical experts have expanded their knowledge immensely to combat COVID-19. The Japan-America Society of Georgia presents an exclusive webinar featuring a discussion on how US-Japan & global cooperation is key to overcoming the current pandemic.






November 16: 7:00PM (EST): NAJAS/Japan Society Boston:

The Race to End COVID-19: Japan’s Response and the Importance of Japan/US Collaboration

Join us to hear from two eminent Japanese scientists, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka and Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, in conversation with Professor Hirotaka Takeuchi from the Harvard Business School as they discuss Japan’s response to COVID-19 and the global fight against this pandemic.

Although we have achieved a greater understanding of COVD-19 in the past few months, its end is still uncertain. How can we use our recent discoveries and technological advancements to bring this pandemic to an end? What lessons can we draw upon to better prepare ourselves in the event of a similar pandemic in the future?

Dr. Kurokawa is the Chair of the Corona Committee for the Japanese Government established by Minister Nishimura, and Dr. Yamanaka is one of the three other scientists on this Committee.






10月29日:15:00-16:30:NC Japan Center
オンラインワークショップ「COVID-19のもたらすストレスとどう向 き合うか」
について取り組んでおられます 加藤ゆか先生(PhD, HSP-P, ノースカロライナ州臨床心理学
参加ご希望の方は ①お名前 ②メールアドレス ③ 電話番号 ④ご質問やコメント等を
*このワークショップは、NC State University のZoomにて日本語で行われます。








October 6: 6:00 – 7:30AM (EDT): Sophia University / UNU-IAS / Ministry of the Environment of Japan / GEOG
Sustainable Lifestyle for Green Recovery: COVID-19 and the SDGs









September 16, 2020: 7:00-9:00PM (EDT): U.S.-Japan Council
Leadership Through Crisis: Lessons Learned






September 16, 2020: 1:00PM (EDT): JASG
Sustainability & Manufacturing Virtual Discussion (Zoom)

A growing number of manufacturers are treating “sustainability” as an important objective in their strategy and operations to increase growth and global competitiveness. But sustainable manufacturing is often too narrowly defined as simply manufacturing products in ways that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources. By focusing on how international manufacturing companies in Georgia are implementing sustainability goals, such as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, this event will broaden the traditional definition of sustainability to include enhancing the wellbeing of employees and the communities in which companies operate.


September 15, 2020: 7:30PM (EDT): UC San Diego / Yale Univeristy (from JASNC)
Japanese Literature After Murakami, In the Midst of COVID-19, and Before What’s Coming Next

Japanese Literature After Murakami, In the Midst of COVID-19, and Before What’s Coming Next
Japanese literature since Murakami has earned an international reputation for its quirkiness, but what is not read in the English-speaking world can be very different. How have recent catastrophes, both natural and man-made, changed what the Japanese themselves now seek from their writers? Join John Treat, author of “The Rise and Fall of Japanese Literature”, among many others, and Ulrike Schaede for a discussion and overview of contemporary Japanese literature.

• John Whittier Treat, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University
• Ulrike Schaede, Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology, GPS UC San Diego
This Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego series brings together new insights, knowledge and opinions on current events in Japan. Experts from around the globe are invited as speakers and contributors, with the goal to create a vibrant exchange and deepen our understanding of Japan’s role in the world. Learn more at

Sep 15, 2020 04:30 PM in Pacific Time / 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)





JETRO WEBセミナー「業務効率化に向けた経理のベストプラクティスTOP3」

COVID‐19の感染拡大が全米各地で収まらない中、経理業務のため担当者が定期的に出社せざるを得ない会社がある一方で、経理担当者が出社しなくても業務が滞らない会社もあります。この違いは、経理業務のオンライン化をいかに実現できているかどうかにあるようです。今般、ジェトロ・シカゴ事務所は中小企業へのアドバイスに定評のあるCDH会計事務所より講師を迎え、経理のベストプラクティスに関するWEBセミナーを開催します。 “これは使える”と思えるオンライン機能を利用したベストプラクティスや、リモートで実施できる支払小切手の発行や客先への請求、代金回収手続きなど、テレワークに使える機能だけではなく、同時に経理業務そのものを効率化できる機能も併せてご紹介いただきます。
Quick Books,Sage, Intacct,Zero 等の汎用ソフトをご利用の方にとって特に活用いただけるWEBセミナーとなります。多くの地域よりご参加をお待ちしております。


NC Japan Center主催:公的高齢者医療保険「メディケアの基礎と申請手続き」についてオンラインセミナ









August 25: 1:00PM (EDT): JASG
Webinar: Air Travel – Today and Tomorrow









August 19: 7:00-8:00PM (EDT): JASDFW (Sourced from JASNC)
Japanese Health and Wellness During COVID-19

Tea has been an essential part of life in Japan for centuries. More recently, a symbol of health and wellness, for its antioxidants & immune boosting properties. It has been the centerpiece of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, called cha-no-you (茶の湯) or chadō (茶道), the artfully choreographed ritual of preparing and serving finely ground green tea powder called “matcha.”. Japan’s long-honored tradition of tea, meditation and mindfulness has played an integral role in the Japanese life expectancy, one of the longest in the world. Join us for a discussion in the time of COVID-19 and the practice of integrative health for a vibrant and long life of well-being.


August 12: 6:30-7:30PM (EDT): U.S.-Japan Council
Toward a Thriving Post-Pandemic Future: COVID-19’s Effect on Corporate Board Governance and Increased Focus on ESG

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected communities far and wide—at home, in business, and in governance across the Pacific and globally. The crisis has elevated the role corporate boards play in business continuity to minimize disruption and in enterprise and organizational resilience for future growth. The board’s focus on ESG (environmental, social, and governance) remains high, given how elements of ESG are vital to how we—as employees, investors, families, and communities—work together through this crisis to ensure not only corporate sustainability but also the health, safety, and wellness of our society at large.

Join us for a virtual panel discussion featuring experts from the government, corporate boards, and investor side where we will discuss how the board can ensure the critical issues related to the E (environmental) and S (social) pillars of ESG are addressed to ensure long-term success.

Toward a Thriving Post-Pandemic Future: COVID-19’s Effect on Corporate Board Governance and Increased Focus on ESG
Date: August 12 (U.S)
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET
Register: Click here
Please consider supporting this free event by offering a donation here.
Speakers include Bonnie Hill, Ed.D, Co-founder of Icon Blue; Marcus Otsuji, Japan Country Manager at Geodesic Capital; Genevieve Shiroma (JALD ’11), Commissioner at the CA Public Utility Commission and Former Chair at the Agricultural Labor Relations Board; and Council Leader Ako Williams, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Ushio America, Inc., as moderator.


August 11: 4:30-5:30PM (EDT): Japan Forum for Innovation & Technology / UC San Diego
Peak Japan – Is this as good as it gets?

Has Japan peaked, or can it reinvent and relaunch? Over the past two decades, Japan has let a lot of good crises go to waste, argues Brad Glosserman, author of “Peak Japan” and co-author of “The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash”. Come zoom with us to learn what he thinks needs to happen for Japan to turn itself around and assume and maintain a leading position in the region and the world.


August 11: 7:00-8:00PM (EDT): JASDFW (sourced from JASNC)
Japanese Government Leadership and U.S.-Japan Relations During COVID-19

Co-presented by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia at SMU’s Tower Center for Policy Policy and International Studies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected billions across the globe and has forced governments to act rapidly in order to ensure public safety. Leaders in Japan had the dual dilemma of being one of the first countries to experience the disease and dealing with the postponement of a massive spectator event, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Japan has also demonstrated unique leadership styles, varying between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura. Additionally, this period has represented a challenge for relations between Japan and the U.S. given the two countries’ restricted access. Join us for this engaging discussion on how leaders in Japan addressed the pandemic, the importance for the future of Japanese politics, and the implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance.


August 4: 6:30-7:30PM (EDT): U.S.-Japan Council
Coronavirus: Opportunity for a New Health Paradigm

Topic: Coronavirus: Opportunity for a New Health Paradigm

Description: The coronavirus pandemic has humbled humanity and shed light on the fragility of the world and the health systems built to deliver care. At the same time, rapid advances in technology and medical science have shown potential new paths forward to building a healthier future. With its rich health data and global leadership in technology, life sciences, and precision manufacturing, Japan has the capacity to play a leading role in designing a new health paradigm. What does the future of healthcare look like in Japan and the United States? What is the latest on the search for a coronavirus vaccine and what does that mean for our collective future? In this webinar, medical experts from both countries will share their perspectives on the opportunity for Japan and the United States to seize the teaching moments presented by coronavirus to help us shape a healthier future.

USJC needs your support more than ever. With a suggested donation of $25, we can continue to offer free and public webinars to discuss issues of mutual concern between the U.S. and Japan. Tax-deductible donations can be made at:


July 16: 3:30PM (EDT): Japan-America Society of Georgia
Visa Restrictions & New Immigration Guidance for Foreign Nationals in the U.S.









NC Japan Center: Webinar with Ambassador Sugiyama:
The NC Japan Center is honored to host the Ambassador of Japan to the U.S., the Honorable SUGIYAMA, Shinsuke, J. Ambassador Sugiyama will be speaking with our audience about COVID-19 and U.S.-Japan relations, and the Honorary Consul of Japan in North Carolina, Mr. David Robinson, shall be serving as our esteemed moderator for this event. The webinar will also feature real-time Japanese interpretation. This is a free event, and shall be hosted on Webex.

To register (and submit a question to Ambassador Sugiyama), please click on the following link:

We’re looking forward to seeing you all for the informative and enjoyable event.









June 24, 7-8AM EDT: The Japan America Society of Southern California
Mindful Ways to Work From Home: A Blueprint for Your Space and Soul for Focus Amidst COVID-19

Do you work from home? Are you happy, healthy, and productive there? The New Normal of our work environment involves flexible workplaces including work-from-home. Companies like it for its agility and people love it for their work-life balance. Yet we still feel lost in navigating this new conjuncture of our personal and professional lives.

Through this webinar, two leaders in the fields of space and mind within the work environment present mindful ways to work from home. Yoko Kawai, PhD, Lecturer at Yale School of Architecture and co-founder of Mirai Work Space, discusses the relationship between space and mind, and how you can design & adjust your home environment for a healthy and productive work-life. Julia Colangelo, DSW, LCSW, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and founder of Sea Change Wellness, LLC, introduces the principles and techniques of Mindfulness and Flow to remain productive and cope with unique psychological challenges you face while working from home.


June 16, 11AM~ EDT: The Japan Society of Chicago
Japan’s Response to COVID-19

About the Event

Mr. Glen S. Fukushima will give a presentation on Japan’s response to COVID-19, from early signs, to a current update. What lessons were learned? This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

About the Speaker

Mr. Glen S. Fukushima is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on U.S.-East Asia relations. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Tokyo. A native of California, Mr. Fukushima was educated at Stanford University, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School.


June 12, 2-3PM EDT: The Japan Society of Northern California
Managing the COVID Crisis: How Japan is Beating COVID-19

This program will be in English.

As countries around the world manage the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, Japan has taken a unique approach that has so far kept fatalities to levels far below those of Europe and the US without mandating a lockdown of the society and the economy. Please join us on June 12 (Tokyo June 13) to hear former Japanese Consul General to San Francisco Tomochika Uyama, Director General at the Prime Minister’s Office for the Coronavirus Countermeasures, and Professor Hitoshi Oshitani from the Department of Virology at Tohoku University and member of the Government’s Advisory Panel on COVID-19, explain how Japan achieved this success. Their presentation will be based on the findings of a new experts’ committee report co-authored by Professor Oshitani that definitively examines Japan’s response to the virus to discover how the country was able to minimize fatalities and what could be done better.

The lessons Americans can learn from examples in other countries that so far have successfully managed the COVID-19 threat, such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, will be critically important as we enter the next phase of gradual opening up of society and the economy. Please join us for this very important program featuring former Consul General Uyama, who is such a good friend of the Bay Area.

日本はアメリカともヨーロッパとも違う新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大を阻止する戦略を進めてきました。前サンフランシスコ総領事、そして、現在は内閣官房 新型コロナウイルス感染症対策本部事務局審議官 内閣審議官を務める宇山智哉氏に、日本のコロナ対策について語っていただきます。また、政府の対策チームでリーダーを務める、東北大学大学院の感染症対策のスペシャリスト、押谷仁教授に日本が進んだ瀬戸際の攻防ついての最新情報を解説していただきます。(英語プログラム:参加無料)


June 9, 6:30-7:30PM EDT: U.S. – Japan Council
Coronavirus and Education Inequality in the U.S. and Japan

Educational systems and institutions have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus epidemic around the world. Both the United States and Japan face challenges brought on by lack of critical technological infrastructure (the digital divide) and regional, socioeconomic disparities. The inability of young people to easily traverse borders to pursue their education has forced college and university leaders to make critical fiscal decisions and advocate for the merits of an on-campus experience.

Join the U.S.-Japan Council for a webinar dialogue on Tuesday, June 9 as a panel of experts from the U.S. and Japan explore the central issues of inequality facing educators and students. They will highlight key actions leaders at all levels can take to address these inequalities in order to reimagine models of educational success and achievement.

Speakers include Daniel Porterfield, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute, President Emeritus Franklin & Marshall College; Ryohei Nakagawa, Associate Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Global Studies, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies; and William Tsutsui, President Emeritus, Hendrix College, as moderator.


June 9, 9-10:20AM EDT: JASWDC
The US Oil and Gas Market Challenge facing Japanese Business: COVID-19 X Factor

The fracking revolution that began a decade ago has drastically altered the geography and economics of global energy supplies. This revolution has led to a renaissance in oil and gas/LNG investment that few could have foreseen. The COVID-19 crisis has presented another severe—and unpredictable—disruption that has led to an unprecedented drop in the global oil and gas/LNG market. A drop this precipitous and sudden is unprecedented in the history of the energy industry worldwide. Join Japan-America Society of Washington DC for a moderated discussion with American and Japanese experts on energy business and governance.


June 4, 4-5PM EDT: JASDFW
How Technology Companies in the U.S. and Japan are Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis


May 21, 1:30PM EDT: JASG:
Impact of Covid-19 on Economic Development (Zoom) 新型コロナウィルスの経済発展への影響

Companies and government agencies across the globe are working tirelessly to maintain its business operations while keeping their employees safe and healthy during the current COVID-19 crisis. The Japan-America Society of Georgia presents an Executive Dialogue Webinar featuring economic development experts who will discuss how Japanese companies and economic development organizations are coping with the pandemic.


5月19日:ジェトロ・アトランタ: 「新型コロナウイルス対策ウェビナー」開催のご案内:


<新型コロナウイルス対策ウェビナー ~事業再開にあたっての法的注意点とCOVID-19関連訴訟対策~ 概要>

■日時:2020年5月19日(火) 12:00pm~1:15pm (ET)
■講師:SGR法律事務所 小島 清顕 弁護士、猪子 晶代 弁護士


American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Webinars:
The ACCJ has a wonderful resource page for COVID-19 related webinars. Please refer to the following link:–videos.html


May 7, 11AM BST (6AM EDT): The Japan Society
International Responsibilities and the Pandemic with Mark Malloch-Brown and Mami Mizutori

Continuing our series of webinars, Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott, will be joined in discussion by Lord Malloch-Brown, whose international roles have included Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN, and Foreign Office Minister for Africa & Asia in Gordon Brown’s cabinet, and Mami Mizutori, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Given that the pandemic is a truly global crisis, what has been notably missing so far has been concerted international co-operation to deal with its consequences whether for health or economies. As the virus spreads deeper into developing countries with fragile health and social welfare systems, this absence promises to grow in importance.

Our panellists for this session each bring a keen understanding of the dangers of failing to act decisively and of the strengths and weaknesses of international organisations in promoting decisive action.

As Mami Mizutori eloquently wrote in her letter to the FT (21 April) ‘One type of risk can transform into another, exposing and exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. We see this with COVID-19: a biological hazard making clear the precarious systems upon which trade, food, energy, transportation and social safety nets rely.’

What is the likely disaster impact of Covid-19 across the world? What role can international institutions play in response? What can and should governments and companies in the UK and Japan do to support or promote that response?

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown PC KCMG served as Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN’s development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet. Other positions have included Vice-President at the World Bank and the lead international in a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist.

Lord Malloch-Brown is currently Chairman of SGO. He is on the Boards of Investec and Seplat, which are listed on the London as well as Johannesburg and Lagos stock markets respectively. He is also on the board of Kerogen, an oil and gas private equity fund. He is Co-chair of a new Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development. He previously led FTI Consulting’s EMEA practice.

Mami Mizutori is the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, and head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, based in Geneva, Switzerland. She assumed her role on 1 March 2018.

The role of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is to support countries and stakeholders in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030). The Special Representative ensures the strategic and operational coherence between disaster risk reduction, climate change and sustainable development agendas as well as the linkage with the UN Secretary-General’s prevention agenda and with humanitarian action.

Mami Mizutori served for twenty-seven years in various capacities in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Director of the Japan Information & Cultural Centre at the Japanese Embassy, London, Director of the National Security Policy Division, Director of the United Nations Policy Division, Director of the Status of US Forces Agreement Division, and Deputy Director of the Personnel Division.

Prior to joining the UN, she was Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia, UK, since 2011. She graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and obtained a Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain.


May 6, 7-8PM (EDT): JASG
Forecasting Five Ways COVID-19 Could Play Out

The Japan-America Society of Georgia presents an Executive Dialogue Webinar featuring industry leaders who will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 in Japan and the U.S. Join us for an enlightening look at Japan’s response to the current pandemic in comparison to what is happening globally from the eyes of two specialists in Tokyo.


April 30, 11AM BST (6AM EDT): The Japan Society
Covid-19: The Political Repercussions of the Pandemic with Tsutomu Ishiai and John Peet

For the fourth in our webinar series, Japan Society chairman, Bill Emmott, will be joined in discussion by Tsutomu Ishiai, Deputy Managing Editor, Asahi Shimbun and John Peet, Political and Brexit Editor, The Economist.

At the end of April, four months since reports began to reach us of a new coronavirus emerging in Wuhan, and with ‘normal’ life beginning to feel like a distant memory, commentators are focussing increasingly on the differing responses by national governments in handling the crisis.

How has management of the pandemic changed perceptions of the Johnson and Abe administrations? What are the impacts on domestic politics, the roles of opposition parties and government bureaucracies? In the UK, questions are being raised about the implementation of Brexit and in Japan, a spotlight is being shone on relations with its continental neighbours.

Our guests for this discussion are particularly well placed to provide insights and observations on the political situation in the UK and Japan.

Tsutomu Ishiai is Deputy Managing Editor, Asahi Shimbun. Prior to this he was London Bureau Chief and European Editor. He has previously worked as the paper’s foreign editor and Cairo Bureau Chief.

John Peet is The Economist‘s political and Brexit editor. Prior to this position, John was Europe editor covering European affairs. He was previously business affairs editor, responsible for the business, finance and economics and science & technology coverage of the paper. Prior to this, he was Brussels correspondent, executive editor, surveys editor, finance correspondent, Washington DC correspondent and Britain correspondent.

Before joining The Economist John was a civil servant, working for the Treasury and the Foreign Office from 1976 to 1986. He is the co-author of “Unhappy Union: How the Euro Crisis – and Europe – Can Be Fixed”, published by Profile Books May 2014.


April 28: (sourced from the JASNC)
“Same Disease, Different Approaches | How Japan and the US are Fighting COVID-19:”

This webinar, hosted by the Japan Society of Northern California on April 28th at 1:30PM EST (4:30PM PST), will bring together two medical doctors from Stanford to summarize the various approaches that have been taken in the US and in Japan and other East Asian countries, and the results from those approaches in combating the coronavirus. Also discussed will be topics such as what we can learn from each other, the prospects for containing the virus and opening the US economy back up. The speakers have significant expertise and will “demystify the complicated issues that COVID-19 raises.”


April 21: (sourced from the JASNC)
“Promoting Our Mission in the Age of COVID-19: U.S. Relations with Japan, Asia and the World:”

This webinar, hosted by the Japan Society on April 21st at 4PM, brings together the leaders of the Japan Society, Asia Society, and the World Affairs Councils of America, discussing experiences and what has been learned in responding to the impact of COVID-19 in their respective communities, and what they are hearing from other countries about the current situation, as well as their perspectives on implications for the future of U.S.-Japan relations, the U.S. presence in Asia, and U.S. global leadership.



薬学部卒業後、病院薬剤師になる。大親友と父親を薬の副作用で亡くし、薬が嫌いになり、転職。P&G 紙製品 研究開発部でウィスパーの開発とグローバル展開を担当。第2子出産後、電通に転職。営業職ながら、製薬会社のマーケティングと新製品開発を担当する。2012年、主人のアメリカ赴任に伴い、渡米。Goldsboro在住。主人と2人の息子と2匹の犬が家族。
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April 16: JASG/JASNC:
“Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis:”








This webinar, co-sponsored by the Japan-America Society of North Carolina and the Japan-America Society of Georgia on Thursday, April 16th, was a very informative session. This webinar was recorded and will be available on the JASNC website, very soon. When it is uploaded, we will provide a link to it, here.


4月20日: (ジェトロ・EDPNC)
『新型コロナウイルス対策~法令等最新情報、州による支援措置、そして現場での活用方法~』(4/13 (月)11:30~1:00(米国東部時間))
For those of you who weren’t able to attend the webinar, the documents presented can be found, below (日本語). Please share them widely, as there is a lot of crucial information for Japanese businesses!