Promoting the Tennessee-Japan Trade Relationship

Japan is Middle Tennessee’s largest foreign investor nation, with approximately 65 companies employing more than 15,000 people. The Chamber's International Business Council supports this economic pillar through our connection with the Japan-America Society of Tennessee (JAST), a nonprofit that promotes the prosperous bilateral relationship between Tennessee and Japan.

In his role as JAST board chair, Chamber President & CEO Ralph Schulz will be playing a large role in JAST’s Annual Membership Weekend, to be held Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, in Nashville at Gaylord Springs Golf Links.

Friday features a special evening exclusively for JAST members and their invited guests. The occasion serves as the Society's official welcome to newly appointed Consul General of Japan The Honorable Masami Kinefuchi and his wife, who arrived in Nashville in late April.

Saturday morning is highlighted by the 2015 Invitational Golf Classic, a half-day of a friendly, yet competitive, 18 holes on one of Middle Tennessee's finest golf courses. Prepare for a great day of networking and prizes!

If you are not a JAST member, it’s not too late to join and take part in this great series of events. For more information, check out or call 615-663-6060 or email

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