Japan/America Society of Kentucky

Since 1987

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JASK Staff

David Carpenter / カーペンタ・デービッド

David is currently the President of the Japan/America Society of Kentucky.  The Japan/America Society of Kentucky (JASK), established in 1987, is dedicated to sustaining a favorable business and community relationship between Japan and Kentucky by promoting cooperation and mutual understanding. David was named Honorary Consul General of Japan to Kentucky in 2014. As Honorary Consul of Japan to Kentucky, he represents and facilitates the interests and rights of Japan and Japanese nationals living in Kentucky; protects and promotes interests concerning the commerce and navigation of Japan and Japanese nationals; settles civil disputes among Japanese nationals and promotes cultural interchange with foreign countries. He previously worked in Community Relations/PR for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.; Assistant Director of the Kobe Friendship House Community Center; International PR/Guest Relations Translator for Tokyu Sports Oasis Center in Kobe; Faculty member at Nagasaki In-Touch Community Center.

Amy Su / ー・エイミ
Project Manager

As Project Manager, Amy is fully responsible for JASK’s ongoing programs, including the development and implementation of marketing strategies. She previously worked as an Executive at a Japanese medical clinic based in Singapore; Assistant Language Teacher for the JET program; Teaching Assistant for the Intercultural Communication & Psychology class at Ritsumeikan University; Volunteer member of TEDxKyoto's translation team.

Takae Ito / 伊藤貴恵
Japanese Language Specialist

As Japanese Language Specialist, Takae teaches JASK’s Japanese language and culture classes, and provides interpretation/translation support to the organization and its members. Takae is a native of Yamagata prefecture and holds a master’s degree in Japanese literature. She has 10 years experience teaching Japanese as a foreign language and previously taught at top universities in China and Russia. While in Russia, she created a cultural exchange program between Irkutsk State University and her hometown of Yamagata.

Abigail Edwards / エドワーズ・アビゲイル


Abigail is a graduate from the University of Kentucky.  She majored in Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Japan Studies) and minored in International Studies. She will be moving to Japan later this year as an Assistant Language Teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. 

Japan/America Society of Kentucky
464 Chenault Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 209-9630

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