San Diego, CA 92101
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To promote goodwill and to advance business, civic, educational, and cultural interchange and understanding between the people of Japan, San Diego, and Tijuana.
The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana (JSSDT) was formed in 1996. Prior to that year, separate organizations existed, including an independent Japan Society of Greater San Diego. The existence of separate entities meant that the Japanese business community and others interested in Japan-America relations were unable to give their complete support to any one organization. A consensus developed that an independent, unified organization, based in San Diego, was essential to meet the community's needs. A new organization under the name of 'Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana' was established as a non-profit, tax-exempt entity and it was accepted as a full member of the national Association of Japan-America Societies. An Executive Committee composed of American, Japanese and Mexican business professionals and opinion leaders was named to oversee and promote JSSDT activities. A new office manager was hired who reports directly to the Executive Committee. The organization has become fully independent and operational.
JSSDT has been widely and enthusiastically welcomed into the community. The programs and activities were re-developed and diversified to further strengthen its function. A new business/strategic plan was originated in 1997 and a new mission statement was established. Organizational structure was reformed and the Education Committee was established as a key function to support youth. The first official ballot took place and the new Board of Directors was elected by members in June 1998. The new Executive Committee was approved by the Board. With strong support from the Honorable Shotaro Yachi, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles, Honorary Consulate General of Japan, San Diego, Randall Phillips, Honorary Consul Jorge Bustamante, Tijuana, Mayor of the City of San Diego, Susan Golding, and many business community leaders, JSSDT was able to take a step forward to achieve goals, fulfill mission statements and serve to the growing community.
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