Summit Purpose


The Japan-America Grassroots Summit is an annual gathering of Japanese and American citizens, held alternately in Japan and the United States. Each year an average of 200 people travel across the Pacific to take part. The Summit aims to strengthen the peaceful relationship between the two countries by fostering friendships at the grassroots level.

The 2012 Grassroots Summit will take place in North Texas, where we look forward to welcoming people of all ages from all parts of Japan. Opening in Fort Worth and closing in Dallas, the week-long Summit will span the scope of Texas's cowboy heritage and cultural achievements. Communities across North Texas will open their homes and hearts to Japanese visitors for a three-night local homestay program. We hope this grassroots exchange will enrich many lives and lead to lasting friendships between the people of Japan and North Texas.

The 22nd America-Japan Grassroots Summit is organized by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the John Manjiro Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange in Japan and the U.S. It is presented in cooperation with the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston, host cities, and community organizations.

Japan-America Society of DallasCenter for International Exchange

Steering Committee

Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer
John M. Stich
Vice Chairman
Anna McFarland
Executive Director
Elaine Browning
Host Cities Coordinator
Tim Jones
Host Cities Coordinator
Craig Fischer
Sam Shichijo
Martha Jane Brounoff
Media Relations Coordinator
M. Diana Helweg Newton
Closing Ceremonies Coordinator
Hiroko Todoroki
Japan Liaison


In the News

See media coverage of the Grassroots Summit!
View our press release.

Summit Brochure

Download the Summit's brochure.

Japan-America Friendship Night

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Summit guests and participants will enjoy a night at the Rangers Ballpark at a special price while supplies last! More info


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