Japanese Resources

Richmond, Indiana has had strong ties to Japan for many years and the community is very interested in continuing to grow our partnerships with the Japanese. On this page you will learn about our connections to Japan and what we have to offer to both companies and individuals who are interested in relocating to our community.

Earlham College

For over 50 years, Earlham College has been known nationwide as one of the premier undergraduate institutions for the study of Japanese language and culture. In addition to students studying about Japan, approximately 15 Japanese students from Waseda University enroll and study at Earlham each year. Many faculty members have lived, worked, and studied in Japan. These faculty members conduct research related to Japan and publish their findings in books and articles. Every April, Earlham College students organize Harumatsuri (Spring Festival) to showcase Japanese culture to the College and Richmond communities.


Earlham College President David Dawson and Waseda University President Kaoru Kamata at the event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the relationship between Waseda and Earlham on October 25, 2013

Snow with Youxi rev

EDC spring 2016 intern, Youxi Zhou, an International Studies major and Japanese Studies minor from Earlham College, meets City of Richmond Mayor, Dave Snow.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Japan Office

The State of Indiana’s lead economic development agency has an office located in Japan to engage in relationships with existing Japanese companies located in Indiana and to also build new relationships with companies interested in investing in Indiana.

Paul Roland, Director
IEDC Japan – Tokyo Office
BUREX Kyobashi Suite 603
2-7-14 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku
Tokyo Japan 104-0031
Phone: +81- (0) 3-6228-6701

Japan America Society of Indiana

The Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI) is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization whose mission is to serve as a bridge of friendship between the people of Indiana and Japan. The Society is supported by a diverse membership of individuals, families, businesses and academic institutions. JASI sponsors a wide range of cultural events, networking receptions, business briefings, and public affairs presentations that explore current issues in the Japan-U.S. relationship. Both the EDC of Wayne County and Earlham College are members of JASI and recognize the importance of supporting the organization.

Japan External Trade Organization – Chicago

JETRO Chicago serves the Midwest region, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. JETRO Chicago’s efforts focus on the automotive and advanced manufacturing industries, as well as biotechnology, the life sciences and business services.

Mr. Shindo and Mayor Hutton

Mr. Shindo of JETRO and Former Mayor Hutton of Richmond, Indiana

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

The Amigos of Richmond Latino Center offers English as a second language classes to all nationalities on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Earlham College’s Landrum Bolling Center. Please call (765) 965-5803, email amigoslatinocenter@yahoo.com, or visit http://www.amigoslatinocenter.org/ for more information.

Richmond Sister Cities

Richmond Sister Cities Organization in Richmond, Indiana supports international friendship and exchange between our sister cities in Unnan City, Japan, Serpukhov, Russia, and Zweibrucken, Germany (Rose City Partnership.) Richmond has been sister cities with Unnan City since August 1995 and with Serpukhov since April 1988.

Unnan sister cities visit

Unnan sister cities visit

Social Opportunities

International Ladies Club – The International community informally meets for social gatherings when new families arrive in Richmond. Contact Megumi Wedig at mkwedig@gmail.com for more information.

Japanese / International Grocery Stores located near Richmond, Indiana

Jungle Jim’s International Market (International) – Fairfield location
5440 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH  40514
(513) 674-6000

Jungle Jim’s International Market (International) – Cincinnati location
4450 Eastgate South Drive
Cincinnati, OH  45245
(513) 674-6000

One World Market of Indiana (Japanese)
8466 Castleton Corner Drive
Indianapolis, IN  46250
(317) 842-3442

Nippon Foods (Japanese)
441 East Ash Street
Piqua, OH  45356
(937) 773-5658

Local Asian Cuisine

Yamato Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi
4710 National Road East
Richmond, Indiana 47374
(765) 935-1077

Great Wall Chinese Restaurant
1731 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana 47374
(765) 962-5255

Thai Thara
1000 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, Indiana 47374
(765) 935-1558

List of Japanese Companies Located in Wayne County, Indiana

Asahi Tec America, Inc.
Established 1991 – 12 employees
1767 Sheridan Street
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 962-8399

NE USA, Inc.
Established 2012 – 8 employees
1771 Sheridan Street
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 488-0819

Suncall America, Inc.
Established 1993 – 154 employees
505 Industrial Parkway
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 966-9656

TBK America, Inc.
Established 2006 – 92 employees
3700 W Industries Road
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 962-0147

Yamaguchi Manufacturing USA, Inc.
Established 2003 – 5 employees
1771 Sheridan Street
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 973-9130

Yukiya USA Gasket, Inc.
Established 2007 – 10 employees
1751 Sheridan Street
Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 965-9683

Large Cities near Richmond, Indiana – 2019 Population and Proximity

Cincinnati, Ohio – 303,954 / 72 miles
Columbus, Ohio – 902,073 / 104 miles
Dayton, Ohio – 140,402 / 45 miles
Fort Wayne, Indiana – 262,907 / 93 miles
Indianapolis, Indiana – 2,021,869 / 73 miles
Toledo, Ohio – 272,778 / 104 miles