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On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, JASGP held its Annual Meeting in the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall. With 2014 marking JASGP’s 20th year in Philadelphia, much of the program focused on the past. Executive Director, Kazumi Teune shared the experiences of her 13 years with the organization, recounting the early days of tree planting that grew into the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival.

Mayor Michael Nutter lauded JASGP for the donation of over 1,000 cherry trees and efforts to establish the Kobe Sister City Relationship.  Mr. Nutter has made it his mission to be the first mayor to visit all of Philadelphia’s sister cities. Ambassador Sumio Kusaka also had kind words for both JASGP and the City of Philadelphia. Peter Kelley, President of the National Association of Japan America Societies, thanked Kazumi Teune and JASGP for its leadership role amongst the country’s many Japan America Societies. Tiffany Hwang and Natalia Dominguez-Buckley brought word from the Governor and Pennsylvanis State Department of Commerce respectively.

board members in 2013

20th Year Fund

At this year’s meeting, JASGP announced its plans to create a long-term fund to support the organization in the future. The 20th Year Fund will be supported by fundraising and through matching donations from our sponsors.

For more information on the 20th Year Fund, visit

2013 JASGP Annual Meeting Awardees

Business Partner Award
For their outstanding and sustained support of JASGP in its first 20 years
OkiData Americas, Inc.
Subaru of America

Outstanding Contribution Award
For her tremendous leadership as JASGP’s first Executive Director
Catherine Nagel

Cultural Ambassador Award
For 10 years of amazing performances
Tamagawa University

Outstanding Volunteer Award
For her innumerable contributions to JASGP
Fumiyo Batta