Welcome to Japan Minnesota Association(JMA) !


Japan Minnesota Association(JMA) was initially founded in 1984 for Japanese alumni of the Unversity of Minnesota. Now, this JMA was opened to everyone who is interested in Minnesota. 

Please contact(or E-mail) us  and become mailing list JMA member. Then you can get an updated JMA event information.

2020 Event Plan


Mar/e~ Apr/b :   Cherry blossom party

June : Summer party

Dec : Christmas party 

2019 Event


On December 1st, 43 members of the Japan Minnesota Association gathered at Stockholm Restaurant in Akasaka for their annual Christmas Party. The restaurant offers delicious Nordic cuisine, which is a mother’s taste for Minnesotan.


MC of this year is Mr. Kota Mishina. Mr. Timothy J. Wolf, Director of University of Minnesota Foundation joined from Minnesota and donated special pins and ornaments for the auction. In addition to Tim, Ms. Mariko Usuba and Mr. Brian Emch, who took part for the first time, and Mr. Aki P. Yokoyama, Ms. Yoko Mizuno, Mr. Takehito Kamata, and Mr. and Mrs. Sano’s family delivered warm speeches.


Auction donors, 2019 are as follows. Mr. Kuhihiro Fujii (luxury diaries), Mr. Akihiko Yonehara (10 of U of M caps and a T-shirt)、Mr. Akitomo Tsuchiya (about 100 postcards drawing sceneries of Minnesota, by Mr. Tsuchiya, a professional painter) , Ms. Yuko Miyamoto (many goods from Mall of America) , Mr. Tadao Komiyama (a pair of shirts for golf), and Mr. Fukuda (20 kg, special rice from Hokkaido, and a calendar of 2020). Mr. Fukuda was also active as an auctioneer, as usual. The auction is always exciting and lively due to his excellent facilitating. 


Time flies when we’re having fun. Members said their goodbyes with smiles after a closing speech of Mr. Yamaguchi. It was another fantastic year for the JMA Christmas Party.

2019-2020 University of Minnesota mentor:

o Invest in Others- Invest in Yourself! Registration for the 2019-2020 Carlson School of Management long-term mentor program is now open. For questions, contact the Mentorship Coordinator, Rebecca Dordel at mentor@umn.edu. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

o The U of M College of Science and Engineering is seeking mentors for the 2019-20 academic year.  Mentors are paired one-on-one with CSE sophomores, juniors, and seniors and are asked to be in contact with their students twice per month. Contact Joelle Larson, CSE Director of Alumni Relations, at jblarson@umn.edu with questions. The registration deadline is Friday, September 20, 2019.

· Looking for other mentor programs? Click here: All U of M Mentor Programs

2019 Day of Service  Sep.29 Tokyo

Japan Minnesota Association took part in the University of Minnesota Day of Service on Sunday, September 29, 2019 (September 28, at Minnesota time) co-hosted with Teacher Yamazaki’s “Tokyo Benkyo Kai”, and “Nihon wo Utsukushikusuru Kai (the Society to Make Japan Beautiful)” ・・・(Here)

2019 Summer party Jun. 30

The Japan-Minnesota Association’s summer party celebrating the 35 years anniversary was held on June 30 (Sunday) ・・・(Here)

U of Minnesota Alumni Association CEO visit Japan

June 5~7, 2019 University of Minnesota Alumni Association CEO Lisa Lewis visited Japan. ・・・(Here)


Dec.B Christmas party


(2019)[Finished events]

(New) Mar/31(Sun) Cherry blossom viewing party (OHANAMI 2019)「here

Feb.15(Fri) UMAA (U of M Alumni Association) Career Month Event「here

(2018)[Finished events]

Dec.2(Sun) Christmas party (Japan Minnesota Association)[here]

Oct.21(Sun) Day of Service(joint event with the U. of Minn. )「here

Oct.4日(Thu)U.S. Big Ten University Golf tournament 「here  

Oct.13(Sat) Enjoy the play Komatsu-za『 live with my mother 』

Oct.20(Sat)Japan Minnesota golf tournament 「here

Sep.22(Sat) Learn how to polish swords「here


Aug.5(Sun) Japan Minnesota Association in Kyoto「here

Jun.24(Sun) Summer party Sinjuku Mitsui Club [here]

Apr.1(Sun) Ohanami Party: [here]

Jun/M Minnesota tsushin(ミネソタ通信第12号)was published.


If you are interested in, visit: https://minnesota-japan.jimdo.com/ 



Dec.10(Sun) Japan Minnesota Association Christmas Party: [here]


Oct 14(Sun) U of Minnesota Alumni Day of Service : [here]


Sep 23 Tea Ceremony : [here]

Everyone who are interested in, please join this party!


April 16 (Sun) Big10 Golf results: [here]


April 2 (Sun) Ohanami party report: [here]


Jan.17(Tue) "Employee Engagement" seminar report  

by Dr. Kenneth Bartlett, Prof of the University of Minnesota







If you are just interested in Minnesota, please
join JMA events and become an E-mail member !


  Everyone who visited, studies, worked or just interested in Minnesota can join our events and talk about Minnesota buautiful spots, fan places, famous companies, colleges and universities. People who wants or paln to visit Minnesota, you might as well contact us. You might get some information from us and tell us your Mineesota visit stories. We all wanted to know and talk about Minnesota during cold winter life, beautiful spring, a little hot summer and yellow leaves fall.

This JMA(Japan Minnesota Association) is supported by all volunteer staff.

If you are interested in JMA, please contact us from "Here".