Japan Related Organizations


Japanese American Society of Minnesota

JASM provides a place where both individuals and businesses are able to engage in cultural activities, meet others with an interest in Japan, form new business relationships, learn, and build mutual respect between Japan and America.


Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee

The Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee is committed to cultural understanding and appreciation, through both public and members-only events, and the continual development of our sister city relationship with Nagasaki, Japan.

Cambridge Sister Cities

Cambridge Sister City Program

The City of Cambridge has 3 Sister City relationships around the world for the purpose of impacting each other culturally and encouraging exchange of knowledge, trust and peace for our communities.


Minnesota NihonjinKai

The Nihonjinkai was started many years ago by Yoko Breckenridge to provide friendship and fellowship for people of Japanese descent living in Minnesota. Many of the original members came to America as “war brides” who had married American soldiers during America’s occupation of Japan from 1945-1952. Some of these people, including Yoko, are still proud members today. Over the years, the Nihonjinkai has expanded to embrace both people of Japanese heritage and those who want to volunteer to support the welfare of Japanese elders in Minnesota. This remains a Japanese-speaking group, but we have a number of English speaking volunteers who love Japanese culture and want to help.


Japanese American Citizens League, Twin Cities Chapter

Welcome to the Twin Cities Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). JACL is a national membership organization whose mission is to secure and maintain the human and civil rights of Americans victimized by injustice.

Mori no Ike

Mori no Ike Japanese Language Village

Mori no Ike is a language immersion summer camp focusing on Japanese language and culture.

U of M Japanese Program

University of Minnesota, Japanese Language Program

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies’ Japanese Program is one of the biggest in America and offers a wide range of Japanese language courses from a beginning to advanced level. Our program focuses on developing the four basic communicative skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, while exploring diverse cultural perspectives.


Minneapolis Ibaraki Sister City Association

The Minneapolis Ibaraki Sister City Association, or MISCA for short, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing international relations with Ibaraki, Japan. Since its inception in 1980, MISCA has been continually progressing to not only support, but also advance cultural awareness, education, and economic prosperity between Minneapolis and our friends in the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area.