Japan Studies Student Leaders is a relatively new club on the Willamette campus, but it has a rich history nonetheless.  Each successive team of executives tries to build upon the past leaders' work in order to exemplify JSSL's mission statement.  JSSL is the sum of its members and no single person runs JSSL.  Every member of JSSL is a representative, and thus, capable of affecting change and making a difference.  We are not Willamette University's version of a "Japan Club."  Instead, we are an organization that focuses on Japanese culture and language through planning and facilitating events planned by its members.

Executive Committee: 
2019-2020: President: Marcos Maza, Vice President: Claire Verstrate, Secretary: Abby Ferguson, Treasurer: Andrew Arzaga, Historians: Mason McGrail
2016-2017: President: Kazu Koba, Vice President: Joelle Patricio, Secretary: Megan Canniff, Treasurer: Wil Tottori, Historians: Hinako Horoiwa, Michelle Nagata
2015-2016: President: Kira-Ann Hayashi, Vice President: Michelle Fensler, Secretary: Kristi Fukunaga, Treasurer: Jenzo Dy-Liacco, Historians: Kirsten Vyhmeister, Rachel Bedolla
2014-2015: Co-Presidents: Kristi Fukunaga, Trisha Fujiwara; Secretary: Alexandra Balestra; Treasurer: Jessica Kawana; Historian: Matthew Tom
2013-2014: President: Matthew Tom; Vice President: Rachel Bedolla; Secretary: Adrienne Higashida; Treasurer: Jessica Kawana; Historians: Kenya Reutin, Kirsten Vyhmeister
2012-2013: President: Matthew Tom; Vice President: Kai Yoshioka; Secretary: Adrienne Higashida; Treasurer: Daniel Woodhams; Historians: Micah Mizukami, Marissa Lau
2011-2012: President: Kathryn Murata;  Vice President: Bailey Moody;  Secretary: Chelsea Cagaoan;  Co-Treasurer: Kenneth Hendricks;  Historians: Olivia Williams, Daniel Woodhams
*2010-2011: Official Club: President: Micah Mizukami;  Vice President: Cat Dugas;  Secretary: Kai Yoshioka;  Treasurer: Tana Watanabe;  Historians: Chelsea Cagaoan, Olivia Williams
2009-2010: President: Kenneth Hendricks; Secretary: Micah Mizukami; Daniel McClellan, Hillary McKay, Lisa Takeuchi (Spring Semester), Minami Yamauchi
2008-2009: Founding Members: Timothy Migaki, Victor Reeser, Josh Beatty, Amy Wada, Lisa Takeuchi; Japanese Language Assistant: Minami Yamauchi; Sakura Matsuri Founders: Josh Beatty, Amy Wada
2007-2008: Japanese Dorama Club. Members: Lisa Takeuchi, Timothy Migaki, Amy Wada, Rebecca Norton, Wailana Kalama-Smith; Japanese Language Assistant: Misuzu Kazama

2007-2008: Started as an unofficial Japanese Drama Club.  Met on Tuesday nights to watch Japanese dramas chosen by club members

2008-2009: JSSL applied to be an ASWU-sanctioned club.  Rejected on the basis that they were too similar to other clubs on campus.  JSSL still wished to survive so they funded events and activities through donations from the Japanese and Chinese Department and the Center for Asian Studies.

2009-2010: Not yet ASWU-sanctioned, and executive positions were assigned.  Most of the non-Freshmen during this school year were defacto officers.  Kenneth was President because Timothy and Victor asked him to lead the club, and Micah was the Secretary on the basis that he took the meeting minutes.

2010-2011: JSSL gained official ASWU Club status.

2011-2012: JSSL expanded to include events that reached a wider Willamette and ASP audience; Sakura Matsuri expanded with about 200 attendees, included various on-campus entertainment.

2012-2013: JSSL expanded to include about 55 committed and active members; Sakura Matsuri expanded with about 300 attendees;
"In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement, Service, and Leadership," JSSL was awarded the "Outstanding Student Organization" award at the 2013 Campus Life Honors & Awards Program

2013-2014: JSSL maintained a high level of membership; Sakura Matsuri expanded with about 350 attendees;
"In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement, Service, and Leadership," JSSL was awarded the "Outstanding Student Organization" award at the 2014 Campus Life Honors & Awards Program


Japan Studies Student Leaders Constitution
Ratified on October 24, 2010
Amended on January 18, 2013
We, the members of the Willamette University Japan Studies Student Leaders, in order to provide an organization of educational support for students interested in the Japanese language and culture, and to help foster better international relations within the Willamette and Salem community, hereby establish this constitution.
 Article I: Organization Name
Section 1: The name of this organization shall be Japan Studies Student Leaders, hereby referred to as JSSL. Labeled as “Japan Studies” and not “Japanese Studies,” JSSL is not restricted to solely those declared with a major or minor in Japanese Studies at Willamette University, but open to everyone who has a general interest in Japan.
Section 2: The Japanese name of this organization shall be 日本研究学生リーダー会 (Nihon Kenkyuu Gakusei Riidaa Kai – Japan Studies Student Leaders Club).
Article II: Purpose, Aims, and Functions
Section 1: Mission Statement
Japan Studies Student Leaders strives to help educate the Willamette and Salem community about the Japanese language and culture through a variety of inclusive events. JSSL creates a sense of community among members by ensuring that every member has a say, and can participate, in all events. We expand our educational interests with the support of the Japanese and Chinese Studies Department, the Center for Asian Studies, and Tokyo International University of America (hereby referred to as TIUA), acting as a resource for Willamette students to broaden their understanding of Japan and the connections between Japan, the US, and the world.
Article III: General Membership
Section 1: All members of the Willamette University Community: CAS, GSM, LAW, MAT, TIUA, faculty and staff, shall have the opportunity to participate in all club activities.
Section 2: A yearly membership due of $5 shall be paid at the beginning of the fall semester. Second semester transfer students, foreign study students, and TIUA students shall pay $5 in the spring semester.
Section 3: The general membership shall have the right to nominate and elect officers to the Executive Board.
Article IV: Executive Board
Section 1: Executive Responsibilities
The Executive Board shall be the policy making body of the organization and is responsible for the general welfare of the organization and its members. Executive Board members are expected to serve as role models within the organization and the Willamette and Salem community. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian(s), and one TIUA (JACE) student representative.
Executive Board members will serve for one academic year, with exceptions given to Executive Board members going abroad during spring semester, and thereafter must be re-elected, with the exception of the JACE representative. One individual cannot fill the role of more than one Executive Board position at a time. Office positions end on the last day of the academic year in May.
Elections shall be held in mid-March for the upcoming academic year. Newly elected officers will take their positions on the last day of the academic year during which they are elected.
Section 2: Executive Board Duties
The duties of the Executive Board are as follows:
President: The President shall preside over all meetings of the organization. The President shall oversee the leadership with the organization, plan and prepare the agenda for meetings, and serve as the representative officer of the Organization. It is the responsibility of the President to oversee financial transactions, enforce the provisions in the Constitution, and delegate responsibilities within the Executive Board. It is the responsibility of the outgoing President to see that members of the incoming Executive Board receive adequate training to run the organization.
Vice-President: The Vice-President shall assume all the responsibilities and duties of the President in his or her absence. The Vice-President shall assist the President in the planning of meetings and events. Finally, it shall be the duty of the Vice-President, not President, to oversee all event planning.
Secretary: The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all the organization’s meetings and correspondence letters within and without the organization. It shall be the responsibility of the Secretary to email all meeting minutes to the President in a prompt manner. The Secretary shall be responsible for updating the organization’s list-serve(s) and other contact lists, and shall serve as a liaison to other off- and on-campus organizations and offices. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to organize candidates and voting procedures for the election of the new Executive Board. 
Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible for creating and maintaining an annual budget at the beginning of each academic school year. It shall be the responsibility of the Treasurer to keep accurate records of all monetary transactions of the organization, as well as work with the President in securing funds for the organization. Funds for activities requiring payment by club members shall be collected in full by the treasurer before the date specified by him/her. The President must have the signature of the Treasurer to approve all financial transactions.
Historian(s): The Historian(s) shall be responsible for keeping visual records of the events and activities of the organization. The Historian(s) shall maintain a physical calendar and record of all events for future Executive Board members to use as reference. It shall be the duty of the Historian(s) to update the organization’s website and blog and to advertise for all events. The Historian(s) may select an assistant to aid him/her. A maximum of two Historians may be elected.
JACE Representative: The Japan-American Culture Exchange (JACE) Representative shall be a student attending TIUA in good academic standing. The JACE Representative shall be selected by TIUA to serve as liaison between the organization and TIUA. The JACE Representative shall advertise the organizations events to TIUA students and faculty and work closely with the organization’s Executive Board.
Advisor: The Advisor(s) of JSSL shall provide support and guidance for the organization. The Advisor has no voting privileges in the organization, but shall be allowed to participate and offer advice on all activities.
Article V: Voting Procedures
Section 1: Elections for Executive Board positions shall be held in mid-March for the upcoming academic year. Newly elected officers will shadow existing Executive Board members until they assume their positions on the last day of the academic term during which they are elected.
Section 2: All candidates for elective offices must be nominated and seconded through written or oral means. All members shall be given at least one week’s prior notice to opening of nominations. Nominations will be opened at least one week prior to the designated election meeting and closed prior to actual vote. The Secretary shall see to an organized election.
Section 3: All vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the Executive Board.
Section 4: JSSL members studying abroad have the right to run for office and participate in elections.
Section 5: Elections to the Executive Board shall be determined by a two-thirds majority vote. If there is no such majority, then a simple majority vote between the top two candidates will be used to determine who is elected to the Executive Board.
Article VI: Meetings
Article 1: Meetings shall be held once a week at a predetermined time and location.  The President has the authority to cancel or change the date or time of any meeting.
Article VII: Quorum
Section 1: At least one half of active members and two Executive Board members must be present at all meetings to transact any official decisions.
Article VIII: Amendments
Section 1: Amendments shall be presented at a general membership meeting.
Section 2: Possible amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by any active, due paying member in good standing within the organization. Once proposed, the amendment shall be discussed before a vote is cast.
Section 3: A two-thirds majority vote of due-paying members in good standing present at a general meeting is required to amend the Constitution.
Section 4: Ratification
Ratification of this Constitution shall be acquired by a two-thirds majority vote of members present at a general meeting.