We Are First and Foremost About People

The Japan Society of Boston is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote cultural and economic ties and active interchange between Japanese and Americans for mutual understanding, benefit, and enjoyment.

The first Japan Society in the United States, founded in 1904, we serve as a bridge and programming nexus for a network of individuals, cultural and academic institutions, and business and financial firms, linked together by a strong interest in Japan and a shared recognition of the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship.


We are Japanese and Americans, dedicated to strengthening personal relationships and the relationship of two great countries.

We are students and teachers, individuals and corporations. Old and young. We are unified by a common recognition that Japan and the United States wield great global influence, and that their harmonious interactions affect the well-being of people throughout the world.

Linked by historic ties of commerce and cultural activity, we understand the importance of our special history, and see it as the foundation for a future of enriched cooperation and international impact.


More than a century of valuable cultural and economic exchange. As a repository of Japanese art and culture, no city in the world matches Boston. The Japanese collections at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Peabody Essex Museum are the largest in the world outside of Japan.

The outstanding Japan-studies programs at Amherst, Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Tufts, UMass, and other institutions make Boston the hub of America's academic inquiry into Japan.

The nearly thirty-year tenure of Seiji Ozawa as artistic director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra ensured Japan's musical presence in Boston.

A number of Boston's top scientific and financial institutions, including Fidelity Investments, Genzyme, Millennium, Putnam Investments, Raytheon, and State Street, interact constantly with top Japanese corporations. By sponsoring visits by key executives from Japanese companies like Kyocera, IBM Japan, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and Toyota, the Japan Society provides a forum for dialogue with American business leaders.

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