The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established on September 28, 1976, with a mission of "promoting understanding and friendship between the peoples of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii." We do this by providing programs, which help to expand knowledge, increase meaningful human contact and facilitate discussion of important issues.
To carry out our mission, the Society conducts educational programs for the schools, informational programs for members and the community, seminars, panel sessions, and special projects, such as the First International Symposium of Japan-America Societies and the Ehime Maru Fund. More information on these programs can be found under Programs and Calendar pages.
Membership is open to anyone interested in learning more about Japan, the United States and the U.S.-Japan relationship. The Society sponsors a wide range of business, cultural, and educational programs to fulfill its mission. There are forty Japan-America Societies in the United States representing over 30,000 members and twenty-nine America-Japan Societies in Japan with an equally impressive membership. JASH is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.
The Society is also affiliated with the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation (CPASF) and the Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA). Both the CPASF and EMMA are separate nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. The CPASF provides two two-year scholarships to American graduate students studying at the University of Hawaii for study in Japan and two two-year scholarships to Japanese scholars to study at the University of Hawaii Graduate School. EMMA is responsible for the maintenance of the Ehime Maru Memorial in Hawaii and helps to promote Ehime-Hawaii relations.
Aloha Fellow JASH Members and Friends:
This is my last message as Chair -- it has been an honor serving in this capacity for the past two years. I will remain on the Board as a director through 2016, and will continue to contribute as I care deeply about the work this organization does.
My first term started with the Board's adoption of the Strategic Plan. The Plan serves as our roadmap and much progress has been made in the five focus areas:
- Increasing the impact of Education programs (Chair Jean Rolles and Lauren Moriarty) by evaluating the effectiveness with JASH staff.
- Enhancing the value of corporate members (Committee Chair Tab Bowers), increasing not just the number of members but also the quality of programming.
- Engaging the Board of Directors more effectively with every director committed to giving one or more of the 3Ws ... wealth, wisdom and work.
- Restructuring the financial base - JASH is now debt-free and has substantially lowered overhead with a new office, thanks to the generous support of American Savings Bank.
- Communicating JASH activities and successes - with director Dawn Hirai, a PR professional,JASH will be more in the news. We need to spread the word!
Of course, a plan without action is just a dream. Nothing is possible without staff and volunteers. During my term, the Board hired an able President in Lenny Yajima. She is like the energizer bunny and a great representative of JASH in our community and beyond Hawaii's shores. Lenny is in the process of putting together a strong staff, and I predict there will be more successes in the years to come.
I urge all members to get involved in your area of interest by contacting Lenny, incoming Board Chair Sal Miwa JASH staff, or Directors - the more you put into JASH, the more you will get.
Wishing you a Happy New Year! Shinnen akemashite omedeto gozaimasu!
P.S. Make 2016 the year you "double down" your engagement with and support of JASH! You won't be disappointed.