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.
Fellow JASH Members:
Our top priority in 2015 will be implementation of the board-approved strategic plan. We moved offices and you're seeing more activity in our four programmatic areas - business, cultural, education, and government/military - as well as a revamped corporate membership structure. I urge all members to get involved in your area of interest by contacting Lenny Yajima, myself, or any of the staff or directors - the more you put into JASH, the more you will get out.
At this year's annual New Year's Reception at Washington Place, Governor Ige and many VIPs joined 250+ attendees in welcoming the Year of the Ram. It gave me the opportunity to share with those present several examples of the impact JASH's educational programs have on participants. Their words are worth repeating:
"Programs such as these provide students with great opportunities to explore a new country and culture. I hope that in the future I will also be able to give back and help continue programs such as this one." Rebecca Yamashiro, Kalani High School student on a winning Japan Wizards team that went to Japan.
"If there's one word to sum up the experience with my host family it was 'magical'. Magical because it was just unreal, watching dreams come true and memories being made." Cole Ichikawa, an Asian-Pacific Children's Convention Junior Ambassador, now a 7th grader at Iolani School.
Your support transforms lives such as those of Rebecca and Cole. You allow JASH to further its mission "Promoting understanding and friendship between the peoples of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii" in myriad ways. I humbly thank you.
Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegai itashimasu,
P.S. Members were wowed by terrific events in the first quarter - Chairman of Hitachi America, Takashi Hatchoji; then Ikujiro Nonaka. Internationally acclaimed business management guru; and most recently the sold-out 25th Annual JASH Friendship Golf Classic.