japan society of boston events

The Japan Society of Boston hosts a variety of events to help connect Japan and Boston. JSB Members can get discounts, or even free admission, to these events!

Upcoming events

    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CIC, 20th Floor, 50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109

    Close Up With Data-Driven Marketing Experts

    Monday, October 22, 2018 from 6PM - 8PM

    CIC, 20th Floor (Lighthouse)
    50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109


    We’re calling companies of all industries and sizes to come learn from digital marketing experts  David Ly Khim of Hubspot, Ken Wollins of Findability Sciences, and Frank Cordeck of DCS Advisory. Regardless of size or stage, companies with access to cutting-edge digital marketing tools and strategies are much more likely to succeed than those that don’t. Softbank’s joint venture with Findability Sciences and Daiwa Group’s recent acquisition of DCS Advisory show Japan understands how to utilize artificial intelligence and big data to grow their businesses.   David, Ken and Frank will also be hosting personal consulting sessions for participants to discuss implementation strategies within their own companies.

    Interested in attending? Please register here.

    About the experts: 

    David Ly Khim is a senior growth marketing manager at HubSpot and mentor for young entrepreneurs and marketers. His tenure at HubSpot spans 3.5 years where he has worked on cross-functional initiatives to grow the customer base for the HubSpot CRM and Sales Hub and now responsible for acquiring free users for the HubSpot Growth Suite. His areas of expertise include content marketing and SEO, lead generation, and B2B marketing. 

    Ken Wollins  is VP Sales & Marketing of Findability Sciences, a SoftBank Corp portfolio company, that provides cognitive solutions and big data insights to customers around the globe. Ken's experience includes a blend of initiating go-to-market strategies to generate early revenue and helping established companies identify and pursue growth opportunities that leverage their core strengths. Ken has been involved in delivering innovative content integration programs for major brands and more recently has been working with large corporations to optimize the use of their data. He is an expert in enhancing the capacity for businesses to gain insight from big data through cognitive computing and prediction & forecasting as a service. 

    Frank Cordek is a key member of DCS Advisory’s TMT group, focusing on Digital Media, e-Commerce and Marketing Technology. He has more than 15 years of investment banking, M&A advisory and consulting experience, and authors quarterly M&A research and industry perspectives, as well as thought pieces that highlight deals of consequence and industry trends. Throughout his career, he has executed more than 25 sell-side M&A, buy-side M&A and private placement transactions for growth-oriented, mid-market and private equity-backed companies. Ask him anything about fundraising, especially for digital marketing companies.

    This is a fantastic opportunities for entrepreneurs in the Greater Boston area to access top-notch mentors free of charge, and meet other like-minded innovators. Light refreshments will be served at the event as well.  We look forward to seeing you there!

    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • CIC, Meridian, 50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02110

    A conversation with
    former japanese ambassador:
    Akio Kawato

    The Importance of
    engaged global Citizens
    in us/Japan relations today

    Friday, October 26, 2018 from 12:00PM - 1:15PM

    CIC, Meridian, 50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02110

    Join us for this timely lunchtime discussion with former Ambassador Akio Kawato! Free for Japan Society of Boston Members. 

    Ambassador Akio Kawato earned his MA from Harvard University. He served as a diplomat for 35 years in Germany, the Soviet Union/Russia, Sweden, and the United States, including as Consul General in Boston. Mr. Kawato is a former ambassador of Japan to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. He has been a senior researcher at the Research Institute of Capital Formation and the Development Bank of Japan. Mr. Kawato is chief research fellow at The Tokyo Foundation and visiting professor at Waseda University. 

    • 30 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Japan Society of Boston Book Club

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 6-8 PM

    Do you love Japanese literature? The JSB Book Club will be meeting at the end of the month to discuss Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki. The purpose of the JSB Book Club is to strengthen the Boston community of Japan enthusiasts by coming together to discuss literature by Japanese authors and about Japan and its culture.

    The club is only open to Japan Society of Boston members. If you are already member and interested in the group, please contact us to have your name added to the club mailing list.
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 50 Milk St. 20th Floor, Boston MA 02109
    • 38


    New Insights on Governance and value creation in japan 

    Ryohei Yanagi, Ph.D. 

    CFO, Eisai Co., Ltd. and Visiting Professor, Waseda University

    Followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Yanagi on equity and value creation, Also featuring: 

    David Baeckelandt Nicholas Elfner Eileen Dibb

    Cambridge Associates

    Breckinridge Capital Advisors

    Fidelity Investments


    Light Lunch and Business Insight followed by Panel Discussion

    Thursday, November 15, 2018 

    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Japan Society of Boston
    Cambridge Innovation Center, 20th Floor 
    50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109 
    *Please check-in with photo id at the reception desk 

    Event Agenda 

    12:00pm Lunch and networking 

    12:25pm Presentation / Moderated Discussion 

    1:15 Panel Discussion

    2:00pm END (mingling afterward) 


    Event Description 

    A perennial question for any of us actively thinking about the Japanese market is: when will there be a catalyst to unlock value - and what investor pressure will it take to bring that about?

    On November 15th, the Japan Society of Boston will tackle this issue directly with one of the foremost thinkers and practitioners in the space: Dr. Ryohei Yanagi. Japan Analytics' Toby Rodes will engage with Yanagi and the audience as discussant. Following the keynote, an expert panel and the audience will have time to question and discuss Dr. Yanagi’s insights with him.

    The opening chapter of Yanagi's recently published book: Corporate Governance and Value Creation in Japan, is a shot over the bow of Japan, Inc.  The chapter title: "Dawn of Corporate Governance: Japan Must Change," is a rare declaration in Japan, especially coming from an insider like Yanagi. His message, however, is unambiguous and consistent: Japanese management teams should do more with the resources entrusted them by creditors, shareholders and stakeholders. Dr. Yanagi’s research-based presentation will focus on the cost of equity as a governance problem, including: 

    1. The root causes of low valuation of Japanese listed companies.

    2. The rationale behind the "Ito Review" and subsequent call for improving the return on equity above (ROE) 8%.
    3. Evaluate why cash held by Japanese management teams suffers a roughly 50% discount from investors.

    Following the keynote, Yanagi will put on his hat as an active CFO. He will join a panel of investors to discuss how his prescription for the "G" of ESG fits into increased environmental and social scrutiny in the capital allocation framework. 

    Join us to hear and discuss Dr. Yanagi’s thesis on why Japan must and will change. The Japan Society of Boston, as the hub of Japanese cultural and business exchange in Boston for more than a hundred years, is dedicated to fostering friendships and business relationships. We create ample time for networking before and after each of our events.


    Keynote Speaker

    Ryohei Yanagi is Chief Financial Officer of Eisai Co., Ltd., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Japan. He has built a credible reputation over the past two decades when it comes to corporate governance. In this time he has worn many hats in the governance debate in Japan, both as a leading finance academic as well as CFO of Eisai Corp, one of Japan's leading pharmaceutical companies.  His unique perspective allows theory to meet practice. He is also Visiting Professor at Toyo University and Visiting Lecturer at Waseda University Graduate School of Accountancy, where he teaches corporate governance, corporate finance and investor relations. He earned his Ph.D. from Kyoto University. During the last 15 years, Dr. Yanagi has conducted approximately 3,000 meetings in aggregate with global investors (about 200 meetings per annum) throughout his career with UBS as Executive Director and at Eisai as CFO. He was selected as the Best CFO in Japan’s healthcare sector in 2016 and 2017 by the Institutional Investor magazine.

    Panel Moderator

    David Baeckelandt is a Senior Director in Global Business Development based in Cambridge Associates’ Boston office. In this role he is responsible for proactive marketing and sales efforts to pensions, non‐profits, and family offices globally.


    Nicholas Elfner, senior vice president and co-head of research at Breckinridge Capital Advisors. In his role, Nick heads Breckinridge’s corporate credit research efforts and performs corporate credit analysis. He also authors a quarterly corporate bond market review and outlook and regularly contributes to the Breckinridge blog. 

    Eileen Dibb is a portfolio manager at Fidelity Institutional Asset Management. In this role, Ms. Dibb manages the FIAM Asian Growth strategies, including FIAM Japan Growth and FIAM Pacific ex-Japan Growth.  Prior to assuming her current position in 2008, Ms. Dibb was responsible for researching and analyzing Asian stocks for a global equity portfolio. 

    Dr. Ryohei Yanagi will join the panel to extend his perspective as CFO of Eisai. 


    The Japan/Boston Business Forum is designed and supported by the Corporate Friendship Committee of the Japan Society of Boston

    ** Please note that the we often take pictures at events for our records and sometimes for use in public media such as Facebook and blog posts. Registering for an event generally signifies acknowledgment that your likeness may be used in these ways. If you are not comfortable with this, please let us know and we can accommodate you.**

    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 01 Jul 2019

    manjiro trip to Hyogo with the Japan society of boston

    June 25 to July 1, 2019

    Next Summer, the Japan Society Boston will be traveling to Hyogo Prefecture! We are leading a group from Boston to participate in the storied Manjiro/Whitfield Exchange. The group will travel to historic castles and local hot-spots, as well as spend three nights living with a Japanese host family.

    We will update this event when registration opens up. Please contact us for questions.

Past events

18 Oct 2018 Info Session: Travel to Japan with JSB in June 2019
09 Oct 2018 Japanese/English Language Exchange
09 Oct 2018 Brown Bag / Nakaya Fog Sculptures at Emerald Necklace (Back Bay Fens)
29 Sep 2018 Kodo 香道ーIncense Appreciation 4:00pm Seating
29 Sep 2018 Kodo 香道ーIncense Appreciation 2:00pm Seating
15 Sep 2018 Shamisen Workshop and Performance
12 Sep 2018 Japan/Boston Business Forum: Lunch With Professor Hirotaka Takeuchi, Building the Bridge Between Japan and Boston
11 Sep 2018 Japanese/English Language Exchange
11 Sep 2018 Brown Bag / Nakaya Fog Sculptures at Emerald Necklace (Back Bay Fens)
08 Sep 2018 Feel the Forest by Making Chopsticks Workshop / Session 2
08 Sep 2018 Feel the Forest by Making Chopsticks Workshop
04 Sep 2018 Info Session: Travel to Japan with JSB in June 2019
14 Aug 2018 Japanese/English Language Exchange
14 Aug 2018 Brown Bag / Tadoku and Japanese Language Learning
10 Jul 2018 Japanese/English Language Exchange
10 Jul 2018 Brown Bag / Loving Japan in High School
06 Jul 2018 Tanabata Evening
28 Jun 2018 Japan Society of Boston Book Club
12 Jun 2018 Japanese/English Language Exchange
12 Jun 2018 Brown Bag / Anime: A Gateway to Japan
07 Jun 2018 Japan Life Sciences Innovation Night
30 May 2018 Paper Lanterns Screening with Shigeaki Mori
30 May 2018 Book Talk: Welcoming the West
29 May 2018 Yosakoi at JSB
15 May 2018 Japan/Boston Business Forum: Lunch With Ken Hokugo, Pension Fund Association of Japan
08 May 2018 Japanese/English Language Exchange
08 May 2018 Brown Bag / Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative
17 Apr 2018 2018 Annual Gala Dinner
10 Apr 2018 Japanese Language Soirée
10 Apr 2018 Brown Bag / Japan Festival Boston
07 Apr 2018 TAMAGAWA TAIKO & DANCE 2018
20 Mar 2018 Brown Bag / The Japanese Tea Ceremony
13 Feb 2018 Japanese Language Soirée
13 Feb 2018 Brown Bag / Yoko Takemura
01 Feb 2018 Japan/Boston Business Forum: Lunch With Wendy Cutler, Asia Society Policy Institute
30 Jan 2018 Volunteer Night at the Japan Society of Boston
09 Jan 2018 Japanese Language Soirée
09 Jan 2018 Brown Bag / Kanoko Kamata
12 Dec 2017 Japanese Language Soirée New Years Celebration
12 Dec 2017 Brown Bag / Yasuhiro Yamauchi
07 Dec 2017 Guided Tour of the MFA
06 Dec 2017 Japan/Boston Business Forum: Lunch With Masahiro Mori, Head of GPIF America
28 Nov 2017 Up-Close with Imperial Robes: Experience the Juunihitoe Kimono in Boston
14 Nov 2017 Japanese Language Soirée
14 Nov 2017 Brown Bag / Gerry Rooney
07 Nov 2017 Japan’s Trade Strategy in an Age of Rising Protectionism
03 Nov 2017 Is Japan's Energy Policy Aligned with a 2C Future?
10 Oct 2017 Japanese Language Soirée
10 Oct 2017 Brown Bag / Motoko Day
06 Oct 2017 Business Insight and Networking with Kosuke Motani
30 Sep 2017 Kodo 香道 ーIncense Appreciation 3:00pm Seating
30 Sep 2017 Kodo 香道 ーIncense Appreciation 1:00pm Seating
23 Sep 2017 Teaching Japan in the Classroom: Haiku and More
12 Sep 2017 Brown Bag / Satoko "Lisa" Watanabe
08 Sep 2017 Paper Lanterns: Special Screening with Director Barry Frechette and Producer Peter Grilli
07 Sep 2017 Paper Lanterns: Special Screening with Director Barry Frechette and Producer Peter Grilli
28 Aug 2017 Japanese Language Soirée
08 Aug 2017 Brown Bag / Keiko Thayer
11 Jul 2017 Brown Bag / Miwa Suzuki: Being Japanese, Working in America - Hear and Share Stories
26 Jun 2017 Manjiro Trip to Nara with JSB
13 Jun 2017 Brown Bag / Mikio Yoshimura: Japan and the Red Sox: A View from Inside
22 May 2017 Business Luncheon: U.S./Japan Business Relations in the Trump/Abe Era, With Glen Fukushima
19 May 2017 Business Breakfast: Corporate Governance in Japan: Winds of Change?
09 May 2017 Brown Bag / Ray Matsumiya: Talking About Mid-East Peace in Japan: What I Learned in Hiroshima
29 Apr 2017 ISAC Hackathon
11 Apr 2017 Brown Bag / Roy Rondoe: Save a Life, Send a Robot
02 Apr 2017 Tamagawa Taiko
21 Feb 2017 Research and Reflections on Fukushima Today: Recovery Progress Since the Triple Disaster of 03.11.11
14 Feb 2017 Brown Bag / Peter Grilli: The Story of the "Paper Lanterns" Film
28 Oct 2016 Paper Lanterns, followed by Q&A with director Barry Frechette
19 Oct 2016 Paper Lanterns with director Barry Frechette
18 Oct 2016 2016 Annual Dinner
19 Sep 2016 Japanese Language Classes - Fall Semester
09 Apr 2016 Tamagawa Taiko and Dance
03 Apr 2016 The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta
25 Feb 2016 Paper Lanterns - A New Film by Barry Frechette
04 Feb 2016 The Soul of Anime, and How Japanese Manga and Music Defy Zombie Capitalism
25 Oct 2015 Nobuyuki Tsujii Concert in Boston with Longwood Symphony
14 Sep 2015 Japanese Language Classes - Fall Semester
24 Jul 2015 JSB Members Event : The Reischauer Memorial House Visit
29 Jun 2015 Meet Masanori Murakami -Japan’s First Major Leaguer, and Book Signing
26 May 2015 2015 Annual Dinner
05 Apr 2015 Tamagawa Daigaku, TAIKO & DANCE Group
16 Feb 2015 Japanese Language Classes - Spring Semester
16 Jan 2015 Lunch Talk by Yukio Okamoto, “Prospects for Japan and its Economic Competitiveness” - JSB Members Free Event!
08 Nov 2014 Kodo 香道 ーIncense Appreciation
30 Oct 2014 Save the Date! ボストン着物ショー!
30 Oct 2014 The Japanese Kimono-Now and Then : Registration is closed
01 Oct 2014 Learning to Lead: Lessons from Japan
30 Aug 2014 OPENING RECEPTION! In Praise of Garden Shadows: Photos of Japan
08 Aug 2014 Reception and Lunch for Beyond Tomorrow
07 Aug 2014 映画ナイト!
07 Aug 2014 Movie Night at Showa Boston!
06 Aug 2014 マサチューセッツ州会議事堂ツアー&ランチ!
06 Aug 2014 Lunch and Behind the Scenes Tour of the State House!
31 Jul 2014 プールで泳ごう!
31 Jul 2014 Swimming at Showa Boston!
24 Jul 2014 昭和ボストンで七夕まつり!
24 Jul 2014 Tanabata at Showa Boston!
26 Jun 2014 Sadao Watanabe in Concert! JSB Members Enter to win a pair of tickets
29 May 2014 Win a copy of "Dream Window", "The Inland Sea"
27 May 2014 Win Yukata from Kyoto!! Giveaway for this week!!!
19 May 2014 Win Books and Gifts from Japan!
14 May 2014 Member Appreciation Month - Win Sake and Gifts from Gionbayashi Musicians from Kyoto!
08 May 2014 2014 Annual Dinner
05 May 2014 Win Gifts from Japan!
02 May 2014 Member Appreciation Month - Win A Pair of Red Sox Tickets
01 May 2014 Win a Round Trip Ticket to Anywhere*
30 Apr 2014 Rad Smith Lecture: Cutie and the Boxer - JSB Member Discount
30 Apr 2014 Rad Smith Lecture: Cutie and the Boxer
24 Apr 2014 Complimentary Tickets to Handel's Samson
24 Apr 2014 Complimentary Tickets to Handel's Samson
15 Apr 2014 Writing Between Languages and Cultures with Yoko Tawada
09 Apr 2014 The Most Impressive Dragon in the MFA - JSB Member Discount
21 Mar 2014 Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival
21 Mar 2014 Anime Boston 2014
18 Mar 2014 “Fukushima-Strategies and Lessons in Anticipating and Managing a Global Health and Environmental Crisis”
09 Mar 2014 "Cranes on the Square"
11 Feb 2014 2014 John E. Thayer, III Award - Nominations now being accepted
05 Feb 2014 POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER - Address by the Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. The Honorable Kenichiro Sasae
29 Jan 2014 Japan Business Forum: JAPAN UPDATE
23 Jan 2014 Saving 10,000: film screening and discussion
22 Nov 2013 Happy Hour and Networking Event
22 Nov 2013 Happy Hour and Networking Event - JET ALUMNI REGISTRATION
09 Oct 2013 "Can Abenomics Save Japan?" Japan Business Forum with
02 Oct 2013 Win a pair of tickets to - Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble with Tiger Okoshi
10 Sep 2013 Locally Brewed Sake Tasting - Member Networking Event
06 Jun 2013 2013 Annual Dinner
23 May 2013 Message for Joi Ito
16 May 2013 Win a Pair of Red Sox Tickets
02 May 2013 Win a Business Class Ticket to Japan on the direct JAL Flight
01 May 2013 Message for Yoshihiro Takishita
29 Apr 2013 Tribute Book for Peter Grilli
11 Mar 2013 Japanese Disaster Relief Fund Boston Final Report on Tohoku and Screening of "Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story"
10 Mar 2013 Rad Smith Program on Japanese Art presents: Ikenobo Ikebana - 550th Year Celebration
26 Feb 2013 2012 John E. Thayer, III Award - Nominations now being accepted
31 Jan 2013 Japan Business Forum with Izumi Kobayashi
13 Jan 2013 Japan Society & Boston Children's Museum Annual Oshogatsu New Year's Celebration
06 Dec 2012 Japan Business Forum with Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita
05 Nov 2012 Welcome Reception for Consul General Akira Muto
05 Nov 2012 Welcome Reception for Consul General Akira Muto
15 Aug 2012 Japanese Language Classes - Fall Semester
13 Mar 2011 Rad Smith Program on Japanese Art - "A Day About Japanese Tea"

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