Japan Society of Fairfield County, Inc. is a private non-profit membership organization comprised of volunteers who are dedicated to building knowledge and mutual understanding between Japanese and Americans through educational, cultural and philanthropic programs.

Japan Society of Fairfield County, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code , and a public charity described in section 509(a)1 of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. (Federal I.D. Number 06-1219643) 


Jackie Alexander, New Canaan, President

Dr. Vernon Beck, Ridgefield, Vice President

Nancy Beck, Ridgefield, Treasurer & Secretary



Diane Caminis, Rowayton

Yoshie Ito, New Haven

Dr. Mithat Mardin, Orange

Nina Streitfeld, Westport



Japan Society of Fairfield County, Inc. was formed in 1987. In 1998 the Tri-State American-Japanese Society, a Greenwich based organization with similar goals and activities, merged into Japan Society of Fairfield County, Inc.

Ms. Karie Goto was the first president. Moving here from Washington DC, out of loneliness she decided to become an estate agent, the only agent in Greenwich who could speak Japanese. Suddenly Japanese companies started to pour into the New York area. Goto explained, “Many of these Japanese had a hard time adjusting to the American way of living and culture then. So I came up with the idea to start a voluntary organization for the better mutual understanding of Japanese and American culture and customs. We became the seventh Japan Society formed in the USA. Our opening was attended by the first selectman of Greenwich and the mayor of Stamford.”

Ms. Teruko Pace took over the presidency in 1993, after Ms. Yuriko Takeyama, the weekend Japanese School teacher who had returned to Tokyo to become a member of Japan’s Lower House of representatives. Pace recalls, “I believe it was the most fulfilling and satisfying period of my life. I wore a variety of hats. Members helped but some days, I worked 16 hours a day. Often dinner was not prepared when my husband came home but he never complained. He went out and brought home carry-out dinners!” She continued the story to say how Mr. Sam Kusumoto, the president and chairman of Minolta Corporation said, “You are doing a great job but I presume it is because of your husband’s generosity that allowed you to do the job well.” Pace acknowledged she could not have done it without the support of her husband, Charles.

The JSFC raised funds for the earthquake in Kobe in 1995. In 1997, there was a flood disaster in North Dakota. To reciprocate the kindness the Americans displayed towards the Kobe earthquake victims, the Japan Society made a donation. Pace recalls her father telling her when she left Japan for the USA in 1956, “Remember that every action you perform in the USA henceforth will ultimately represent all of Japan.”

Ms. Nina Streitfeld of Westport was the first American president of the JSFC. When asked how she became involved, Streitfeld told a story about meeting renowned Japan scholar, Donald Keene. She related how when asked how he became an authority on Japanese literature and culture, he simply stated, “I discovered I like things Japanese.” Streitfeld said she was tremendously impressed by the answer. Now, when asked, having become an enthusiast of Japan, “Why Japan?” she too replies, “I discovered I liked things Japanese.” She also mentioned Mr. Noboru Uezumi, who was vice president of the JSFC at the same time. Uezumi, a volunteer at the Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich, learned that Genjiro Yeto, a Japanese artist whose painting is exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, studied at Bush-Holley between 1890 and 1900. Uezumi translated the Bush-Holley brochure into Japanese and persuaded Saga TV of Japan to come to the USA to make a film of Genjiro Yeto and Bush-Holley.

After the Great Tohoku Earthquake on March 11, 2011, the CT Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission selected JSFC to coordinate the collection of funds for Earthquake and Tsunami relief. Over $48,000 was raised and sent to Japan.