Japanese Investment and Culture
There are currently seven Japanese manufacturing facilities in Madison County, with many more located throughout West Tennessee.
Each fifth grade student at the University School of Jackson (USJ) studies Japanese for one quarter to become familiar with the Japanese language and culture. There are also a number of Japanese families who attend this school. USJ works closely with a local professor of English as a second language at Union University. USJ utilizes its students for internships and practicums who work with the Japanese students to help teach them English as a second language.
Japanese students in Madison County travel on Saturdays to Memphis (80 miles) to attend the Japanese Language School. This school is for Japanese youth from ages elementary to middle school. The primary focus of the school is Japanese writing and reading, as well as mathematics. The school, established in 1980, is currently located at the Sharp Manufacturing Company of America’s Recreational Center.
Madison County is home to seven Japanese restaurants. In nearby Memphis, there are more than a dozen additional Japanese restaurants.
Memphis is also home to seven Japanese grocery stores and Japanese Gardens located at the Memphis Botanic Garden.
Japanese companies located in Madison County include:
- ARJ Manufacturing (Toyota Boshoku/Araco/JCI)
- Green Metals (Toyota Tsusho)
- MOST, Inc. (Toyota Tsusho)
- Pacific Manufacturing Tennessee
- TBDN Tennessee Company (Toyota Boshoku-Denso)
- Toyota Bodine Aluminum (Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America)
- UGN (Nittoku-Autoneum)