INDIANAPOLIS - The Japan-America Society of Indiana will Wednesday host its annual gala in downtown Indianapolis. The event will feature a presentation from the president of Hendrix College in Arkansas, as well as remarks from Governor Eric Holcomb and Consul-General of Japan in Chicago Naoki Ito.

The gala will take place at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. The JASI says the gala "brings together corporate and community leaders and individuals from throughout the state and region," with proceeds benefiting the organization's efforts to "promote friendship, exchange and cooperation between Indiana and Japan."

William Tsutsui of Hendrix College will give his presentation, "Godzilla, Japan, and Globalization."  Tsutsui is the author or editor of several books, including "Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan" and "Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization."

The organization will also present its "Bridge of Friendship Award" to Melanie Walker, president of TASUS Corp. and chief executive officer of Tsuchiya Group North America. TASUS Corp. has a large presence in Bloomington.

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