Often referred to as “The Crossroads of America,” Indiana is situated in the Mid-Western United States just south of the Great Lakes region. Its location has made it a common stop for people traversing the country since colonial times. With rolling hills and vast deciduous forests in the south and flat plains in the north, Indiana’s scenery is among the most beautiful in the nation. In the fall, thousands of people travel through the state to see the leaves as they change from their summer greens to an array of yellows, oranges, and reds. In late spring, nearly half a million people gather in the capital of Indiana, Indianapolis, to kick off the summer with the largest spectacle in NASCAR racing, the Indianapolis 500.
In addition to these features, Indiana is also filled with rich history. Years before he became the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln spent nearly his entire childhood living in a small town in southern Indiana that now bears his name. More than a century later, Neil Armstrong attended Indiana’s own Purdue University to study aeronautical engineering. He later went on to become the first man to walk on the moon.
In today’s world, Indiana plays an important role in the realm of U.S.-Japan relations. As the state with the most Japanese businesses per capita, Indiana continues to have a powerful impact on the economic competitiveness of Japanese companies while also strengthening American business ties with East Asia.
JASC 72 hopes to explore some of the fascinating sights and spectacles that Indiana has to offer. For conference delegates, it will certainly serve as a lens into the daily lives of people in Middle America as well.