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Ehime Maru Memorial Association

The National Association of Japan-America Societies

EHIME MARU MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION

The Ehime Maru Memorial Association was incorporated on November 11, 2001 as a nonprofit organization to coordinate the activities of placing an Ehime Maru Memorial at a site in Hawaii. The Governor of Ehime Prefecture approached Governor Benjamin Cayetano with a request to place a memorial in Hawaii to serve as a reminder of the tragic Ehime Maru accident that occurred on February 9, 2001. Governor Cayetano agreed and offered Kakaako Waterfront Park as the site for the memorial. EMMA was established in order to take ownership of the Ehime Maru Memorial. EMMA also took responsibility for the maintenance of the Memorial. Other activities of the EMMA include promoting the relationship between Ehime and Hawaii.

The EMMA is governed by five directors-three directors from Japan and two from Hawaii. The president of EMMA is the president of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. The Internal Revenue Service determined that EMMA is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization in its letter of September 19, 2002. EMMA Federal EIN # is 99-0356498.

The EMMA extends its deepest appreciation to all of the volunteers who have cleaned the Memorial every Saturday since the unveiling of the Memorial on February 9, 2002. EMMA also thanks Mr. Kenneth Saiki and Mr. Masao Wakatake, past presidents of the United Japanese Society who have volunteered to coordinate the maintenance schedule. Special thanks go to the St. Louis School's Japanese Club who were the first to volunteer to clean the Memorial and have been doing so every third Saturday of the month since the unveiling ceremony. They have also led the way in reaching out to the students of Uwajima Fisheries High School in helping to establish relationships that look to the future.

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. : Hawaii and Ehime Celebrate 10th Anniversary Sister-State Relationship

Hawaii's Governor Neil Abercrombie and Ehime's Governor Tokihiro Nakamura exchange documents reaffirming sister-state/prefecture relationship on the 10th Anniversary surrounded by Hawaii and Ehime representatives. JASH President Ed Hawkins was invited to the signing ceremony.


November was the 10th Anniversary of the sister-state/prefecture relationship formally signed between the State of Hawaii and Ehime Prefecture. Following the tragic accidental sinking of the Ehime Maru off Honolulu, both Ehime and Hawaii promoted a number of good-will measures to include Ehime-Hawaii Baseball exchange program, sister-school relationship between Kawananakoa Middle School and Uwajima Minami Junior High School in Ehime, and a summer internship for University of Hawaii students at Ehime's International Center. The sister-state/prefecture agreement was signed in 2003, two years following the Ehime Maru incident.

During the five days the Ehime delegation spent in Hawaii, Governor Tokihiro Nakamura visited local Hawaii schools engaged in cultural and educational exchanges, as well as the University of Hawaii Center for Japanese Studies that selects students for the summer internship in Ehime. JASH was invited to all of these meetings because of its role not only in maintaining the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako, but also the key role it plays in continuing these cultural and educational exchanges. Many of these programs were started by JASH.

A formal reception was held at Washington Place during which JASH President Ed Hawkins, former JASH President Earl Okawa, and Ehime Maru Memorial Association Director Kenneth Saiki, along with several other community leaders were honored by Ehime Governor Nakamura with a certificate of appreciation and a Prefectural Medal.





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. : Japan's Defense Minister Visits Ehime Maru Memorial

Japan's Minister of Defense Honorable Itsunori Onodera visited the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu on July 1st. Minister Onodera was in Hawaii for discussions with the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

On hand to greet Minister Onodera was Japan-America Society of Hawaii and Ehime Maru Memorial Association President Ed Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins explained the significance of the memorial and the efforts of the Hawaii community and other visitors to clean the memorial as a public service and to honor the nine lost crew of the Ehime Maru. Mr. Hawkins also discussed educational and sports exchanges set up between Hawaii and Ehime as good-will measures following the tragedy. Following the presentation of a wreath to the victims, Minister Onodera met with groups of volunteers from various organizations who clean the memorial. These included the current and incoming President of Hawaii United Japanese Society, the President of Meijikai, President of Fukushima Kenjinkai, and President and members of the Miyagi Kenjinkai. Being from the city of Kesenuma, a town devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March, 2011, Minister Onodera was especially thankful to Miyagi Kenjinkai and JASH for taking care of the children of Miyagi who visit Hawaii under the Rainbow for Japan Kids project.

Japan's Defense Minister Onodera greets volunteers who clean the memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park.




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. : Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force Flotilla Visits Ehime Maru Memorial


Rear Admiral Hideki Yuasa and other commanding officers of Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force Escort Flotilla 2 paid their respects at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park during their stop-over in Honolulu. The Escort Flotilla is on a training cruise in the Western Pacific, making calls at Pearl Harbor and later at San Diego. Japan's new helicopter carrying ship, the Hyuga, is making its first visit outside Japan.

Rear Admiral Yuasa and other commanding officers paying respects at the Ehime Maru Memorial after presenting a flower wreath to the victims of the tragedy.

Rear Admiral Yuasa and his staff visited Japan-America Society of Hawaii and Ehime Maru Memorial Association President Ed Hawkins at his Honolulu office where gifts were exchanged. Japanese military personnel routinely visit the Ehime Maru Memorial during their official visits to Hawaii as a sign of respect to the lost crewmembers.

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. : Ehime Maru "Jusankaiki" Held


February 9, 2013, was the important "Jusankaiki," or 13th anniversary of the Ehime Maru incident according to Buddhist tradition. On this day, several hundred gathered at Kakaako Waterfront Park to pay tribute to the nine Japanese victims, including four students. Those gathered included bereaved family members, government officials from Ehime Prefecture and Uwajima City, and local Hawaii State and City representatives.

The ceremony began with a prayer by Reverend Irene Matsumoto of Palolo Kwannon Temple, and a moment of silence was observed at precisely 1:43 p.m., the time of the accident. Names of the lost were read out. Tributes followed from the Vice Governor of Ehime, the Governor of Hawaii, the Mayor of Uwajima City, and the Mayor of Honolulu. Both Hawaii Governor Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Caldwell pledged to do whatever necessary to keep such an accident from recurring, and to honor the memory of the lost by maintaining the memorial at Kakaako in perpetuity. They also pointed to the many good-will measures put in place following the incident that continue today. Afterwards, flower wreaths were presented by attending groups and organizations. Mr. Tatsuyoshi Mizuguchi, representing the bereaved, thanked all the volunteers for continuing to honor the lost by cleaning and maintaining the memorial.

The Ehime Maru Memorial Association, associated with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, maintains the memorial, assists the bereaved with annual memorial services, and promotes Ehime-Hawaii relations through educational and cultural programs. More information can be found on JASH website www.jashawaii.org/emma.asp.

Dignitaries, and guests gather at Kakaako Waterfront Park for the Memorial Ceremony.


Bereaved families' representative Mr. Mizuguchi thanks those gathered.


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. : New Ehime Maru visits Hawaii


On October 9, the Uwajima Fisheries High School Training Ship Ehime Maru docked at the Aloha Tower pier in Honolulu. The training ship with its complement of sailors and students from Uwajima Fisheries High School stopped in Hawaii to refuel and refresh before making its return to Japan. Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA) and JASH President Ed Hawkins along with EMMA Director Ken Saiki greeted the crew and met its Captain, Machio Izaki. The crew and the students moved to Kakaako Waterfront Park to present flowers and offer a moment of silence in memory of the lost 2001 crew. Uwajima Fisheries High School instructors noted these training cruises have been reduced in recent years due to the economic situation in Japan. He hoped that they will continue at least once a year. EMMA President Ed Hawkins pledged to help plan cultural exchange programs for future visits.

EMMA and JASH President Ed Hawkins (far Right) and EMMA Director Ken Saiki (far Left) greet the new Ehime Maru at Aloha Tower pier in Honolulu. Standing next to Mr. Hawkins is the ship's Captain Izaki along with crew instructor.


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. : Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force personnel visit Ehime Maru Memorial


Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ships and aircraft visited Hawaii in July to participate in the annual RimPac Exercise hosted by U.S. Pacific Command. This year, 22 nations participated in this join maritime exercise. The Japanese contingent was led by Commander of Escort Flotilla 3, Vice Admiral Fumiyuki Kitagawa. Following a short office call with Japan-America Society of Hawaii and Ehime Maru Memorial Association President Ed Hawkins, the group proceeded to Kakaako Waterfront Park where they presented a wreath to the lost crew of the Ehime Maru and pray for their souls. Admiral Kitagawa was accompanied by Captain Osamu Takeuchi of JS Shirane (home port, Maizuru, Kyoto), Commander Hiroki Yokozawa of JS Bungo (home port, Kure, Hiroshima), and Commander Kouichi Matsuura of VP Detachment 47 (P-3C, Kanoya Air Base, Kagoshima).



Japanese military personnel routinely visit the Ehime Maru Memorial during their official visits to Hawaii as a sign of respect to the lost crewmembers.

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. : Japan's Vice Defense Minister visits Ehime Maru Memorial


On April 30, Japan's Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense and House of Representatives member Shu Watanabe visited Kakaako Waterfront Park and paid respects to the lost crew of the Ehime Maru. Vice Minister Watanabe stopped in Hawaii during his official travel to the United States. He presented a wreath and said a prayer for the victims of the tragic accident 11 years ago. Vice Minister Watanabe was accompanied by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Japan Self Defense Force Joint Staff, Lieutenant General Kiyofumi Iwata and Japan's Consul General in Hawaii, Yoshihiko Kamo. Japan-America Society of Hawaii and Ehime Maru Memorial Association President Ed Hawkins greeted the delegation, explaining the history of the memorial and pointing out the many good-will initiatives to include educational exchanges between students that have resulted between Ehime and Hawaii since the accident. Mr. Hawkins also noted the many volunteer groups, both from Hawaii and from Japan, who clean the memorial in respect to the lost and the bereaved.

Vice Minister Watanabe leads the delegation in a prayer at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park after presenting a flower wreath.


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. : Ehime Maru Victims Remembered


February 9th is still an unforgettable date in Hawaii and in Japan. It's the date of the tragic accident between Uwajima Fishery High School training ship Ehime Maru and U.S. Navy Submarine USS Greeneville. On that day eleven years ago, nine Japanese crewmembers lost their lives, including four students. This year, three of the bereaved families attended a memorial service at Kakaako Waterfront Park, the site of the memorial erected in honor of the lost crew.

The service began with a prayer provided by Palolo Hongwanji's Reverend Irene Matsumoto. At precisely 1:43 p.m. (the time of the accident), a moment of silence was observed for the lost crew. Afterwards, flower wreaths were presented by the Consul General of Japan, Honorable Yoshihiko Kamo, followed by wreaths from the Governor of Ehime, Mayor of Uwajima City (home port of the Ehime Maru), Ehime-Hawaii Friendship Association, and the Ehime Maru Memorial Association. Mayor Hirohisa Ishibashi of Uwajima attended the event and provided words of solace to those gathered. Following the short ceremony bereaved family members and friends draped leis over the memorial and provided food offerings to the deceased.

The Ehime Maru Memorial Association, associated with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, maintains the memorial, assists the bereaved with annual memorial services, and promotes Ehime-Hawaii relations through educational and cultural programs. More information can be found on the JASH website http://jashawaii.org/emma.asp.

Bereaved family members and attendees gather for a group photo


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. : Japan's Prime Minister Noda visits Ehime Maru Memorial


On November 12th, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihiko Noda visited the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park. PM Noda was in Hawaii for the APEC Leaders' Meeting and took the opportunity to visit the Memorial. On hand were volunteers from local Kenjinkai who clean the memorial, including Fukuoka, Fukushima, Kumamoto, Yamaguchi, and Okinawa.

Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) and Ehime Maru Memorial Association President Ed Hawkins greeted the Prime Minister and his entourage that included the Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Japan's Ambassador to the U.S., and Japan's Consul General in Honolulu. Mr. Hawkins gave an overview of the Memorial and the various good-will programs put in place since that tragic event to promote friendship between the people of Hawaii and Ehime. Following the presentation of a flower wreath, PM Noda and his party observed a moment of silence in honor of those lost in the incident. Mr. Hawkins introduced the volunteers to PM Noda who thanked them for their services in maintaining the memorial and promoting friendly relations between Japan and the U.S. Mr. Hawkins called attention to three Japanese mandarin orange trees that were planted near the memorial to mark the 10th anniversary of the incident earlier this year when the bereaved family members gathered at Kakaako for a special memorial ceremony. This was the first visit of a sitting Japanese prime minister to the Ehime Maru Memorial.

L-R Clockwise: JASH and EMMA President Ed Hawkins greets PM Noda on arrival at Kakaako; PM Noda presents wreath; wreath in front of the memorial; PM Noda and party observe a moment of silence as volunteers stand by.


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. : Major General Tokuda of GSDF visits Ehime Maru Memorial

On June 14, Major General Hidehisa Tokuda, Deputy Chief of Staff for Middle Army Headquarters in Itami, Japan visited the Ehime Maru Memorial at Honolulu's Kakaako Waterfront Park. MG Tokuda was in Hawaii for training with U.S. military forces. Japanese military personnel have visited the Ehime Maru Memorial during their official visits to Hawaii as a sign of respect to the lost crew.

(L) Major General Tokuda presents wreath at Ehime Maru Memorial, Kakaako Park. (R) JASH President Ed Hawkins and Major General Tokuda.

. : Memorial Service takes place on Anniversary of the Ehime Maru Incident

Bereaved family members from Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture, gathered for a memorial service at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park on February 9 to mark the anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Japanese Fisheries High School training ship Ehime Maru. Nine crew including four students died on that tragic day. The bereaved included the Mizuguchi, Nishida, and Segawa families. Also joining the service were Uwajima Mayor Hirohisa Ishibashi, the former Uwajima Fisheries High School Principal Mr. Kazumitsu Joko and family, Ehime-Hawaii Friendship Association members Mr. Chiaki Horie and Mr. Shuzo Seike, and two visitors from Ehime Prefecture International Center, Mr. Yuiichi Miyaue and Ms. Noriko Omori. The visitors presented wreaths on behalf of the Governor of Ehime Prefecture, the City of Uwajima, the Ehime-Hawaii Friendship Association, and the three visiting bereaved families. Wreaths were also presented on behalf of the Government of Japan by Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo, the Ehime Maru Memorial Association, and the United Stated Pacific Fleet.

Clockwise from top right: crew of Nippon Maru pay respects; Uwajima Mayor Ishibashi addresses those gathered; Consul General Kamo presents wreath; bereaved family members gather in a joint prayer.

The memorial service began with a short prayer by Reverend Seigoro Nishiwaki of Palolo Hongwanji. Precisely at 1:43 p.m. to coincide with the time of the accident, a moment of silence was observed. Following presentation of the wreaths, Mayor Ishibashi addressed the gathered crowd. In attendance were State Representative Ken Ito who is active with the Ehime-Hawaii Goodwill Baseball Tournament and several representatives of Nikkei organizations in Hawaii as well as friends of the bereaved families. Consul General Kamo hosted the family members and special guests for dinner at his residence that evening.

The Ehime Maru Memorial is maintained by the Ehime Maru Memorial Association which is associated with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. The Association cares for the memorial, coordinates cleaning by community volunteers, and assists family members with the annual service.

Several joint initiatives to develop and perpetuate good will between the people of Hawaii and Ehime have resulted in the aftermath of this tragedy. The Ehime-Hawaii Goodwill Baseball Tournament initiated by Hawaii benefactor Mr. Seiji Naya and Ehime Prefecture Representative Junnosuke Kainou continues to exchange baseball teams annually to conduct matches. The Ehime Prefecture International Center annually provides three-month summer internships to two University of Hawaii students. Students are selected for this program through collaboration between UH's Center for Japanese Studies and the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. Finally, a sister school program was initiated by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii between Hawaii's Kawananakoa Middle School and Ehime's Uwajima Minami Junior High School under a grant from the Freeman Foundation. These programs continue to this day.

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. : Representatives of Ehime Prefecture International Center visit Hawaii


Officials from the Ehime Prefecture International Center (EPIC) visited Hawaii during the week of the Ehime Maru Memorial Service, held on February 9. Mr. Yuuichi Miyaue and Ms. Noriko Omori were in Hawaii to coordinate on the future of the summer internship EPIC provides to two University of Hawaii students in Matsuyama, the capital of Ehime Prefecture. Under an arrangement established four years ago, EPIC provides the entire cost of hosting two UH students for a three month summer internship in Matsuyama to teach Hawaiian culture to the people of Ehime and participate as a teacher at an English language camp. This is one of the good-will initiatives to bring the people of Hawaii and Ehime closer together following the tragic accident of the Uwajima Fisheries High School training ship Ehime Maru in 2001 that resulted in the loss of four students and five crewmembers. As the program is ending its first five years, the visitors were here to meet with the UH Center for Japanese Studies and JASH who assist with recruiting and selecting students for internship to discuss whether to continue the program and how to structure it (CJS and JASH fully support its continuance). Mr. Miyaue and Ms. Omori will return to EPIC and make a report to the Ehime Government.

(L) National Park Service Ranger Frank Middleton and Arizona Memorial Museum Association Education Director Paul Heintz with EPIC visitors Mr. Miyaue and Ms. Omori at the Arizona Memorial; (R) Mr. Miyaue and Ms. Omori present wreath at Ehime Maru Memorial.

During their brief stay, JASH President Ed Hawkins escorted the visitors for a special tour of the Arizona Memorial arranged by the Arizona Memorial Museum Association and the National Park Service, and to other historical places on Oahu. The visitors also attended the Ehime Maru Memorial Service held at Kakaako Waterfront Park, presenting a wreath on behalf of the Governor of Ehime Prefecture.

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. :Ehime-Hawaii Goodwill Baseball Tournament Delegation Visits Ehime Maru Memorial

On November 19, a delegation from Ehime Prefecture in Japan that was in Honolulu to attend the Ehime-Hawaii Youth Baseball Exchange Tournament visited the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park to pay respects to the lost crew of the Uwajima Fisheries High School Training Ship Ehime Maru. The Ehime delegation was led by Member of the Ehime Prefectural Assembly and Chairman of the Ehime-Hawaii Goodwill Baseball Tournament Junnosuke Kaino. On hand at Kakaako to greet the delegation were Ehime Maru Memorial Association President Ed Hawkins and Hawaii State Legislature Representative Ken Ito and members of the Hawaii host families. After a prayer given by attending Oboosan from a local temple, Mr. Kaino presented a wreath in memory of the lost crew members. Following the wreath presentation, all the members of the visiting party individually presented flowers at the memorial.

Ehime Prefectural Assembly member Junnosuke Kaino presents a wreath at the memorial assisted by other members of the Ehime delegation; Representative Ken Ito observes with flowers in hand.
The Ehime-Hawaii Goodwill Baseball Tournament delegation at the Ehime Maru Memorial.

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. : Japan's new Consul General visits Ehime Maru Memorial

On September 2nd, newly arrived Japanese Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo visited the Ehime Maru Memorial to pay respect to those who lost their lives aboard the Uwajima Fishery High School training ship. Consul General Kamo made the visit to the Ehime Maru Memorial one of the first official duties of his new tenure. Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA) and Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) President Ed Hawkins met Consul General Kamo at the memorial and related the history of the incident and described the significance of the memorial. Mr. Hawkins also explained the many good things that came from the aftermath of the tragic incident, including sister-school programs and student exchanges between Hawaii and Ehime Prefecture that EMMA and JASH had a role in starting that still continue.

Prior to coming to Hawaii, Consul General Kamo visited a similar memorial to the lost crew of Ehime Maru located at the Uwajima Fisheries High School in Ehime Prefecture.

Previous to the visit to Kakaako Waterfront Park, Consul General Kamo visited other Hawaii cemeteries where Japanese are interred as well as the National Cemetery of the Pacific, Punch Bowl.

EMMA/JASH President Ed Hawkins explains the significance of the anchor and memorial to new Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo at the Ehime Maru Memorial.

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. : Japanese Ambassador Visits Ehime Maru Memorial


On Monday, March 23, 2009, Japan's Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki, paid a visit to the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. Ambassador Fujisaki was accompanied by Japan's Consul General in Honolulu, The Honorable Toshio Kunikata. The President of the Ehime Maru Memorial Association Ed Hawkins met Ambassador Fujisaki and escorted him to the memorial where Mr. Hawkins related the history of the incident and the significance of the memorial in Kakaako. Ambassador Fujisaki presented a flower wreath to the nine lost crew of the fishery high school training ship Ehime Maru and offered a prayer in their memory.

Afterwards Mr. Hawkins described the various good-will initiatives for enhancing US-Japan relations that came out of the tragic incident, including establishment of a sister school relationship between junior high school students in Hawaii and in Uwajima City, home port of the Ehime Maru, summer internship for two University of Hawaii students each year sponsored by the Ehime Prefecture International Center, and the sending of an active duty military representative from the US Navy to Ehime's Nametoko English Camp each summer to teach English to Japanese students.

Ambassador Fujisaki said that he was the Director General of the North American Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time of the incident and accompanied Japanese Prime Minister Mori to Hawaii. Ambassador Fujisaki recalled that it was a very stressful time for the US-Japan relationship, but added that he was pleased to hear various programs for building good will between US and Japan resulted in the aftermath of this tragic event.

EMMA-Ambassador.JPG; Ambassador Fujisaki being shown the Memorial (L-R EMMA President Ed Hawkins, Amb Ichiro Fujisaki, Consul General Toshio Kunikata, EMMA Director Ken Saiki.
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. : Japanese Speaker of the House Visits Ehime Maru Memorial


On Sunday, December 28, 2008, Japan's Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yohei Kono, paid a visit to the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. Mr. Kono was accompanied by a staff assistant and the Japanese Consul General in Honolulu the Honorable Toshio Kunikata.

The President of the Ehime Maru Memorial Association Edwin Hawkins met Mr. Kono and escorted him to the memorial where Mr. Hawkins related the history of the incident and the significance of the memorial in Kakaako. Mr. Kono presented a flower wreath in respect to the nine lost crew of the fishery high school training ship Ehime Maru and observed a moment of silence in their memory.

Afterwards, Mr. Hawkins described the various good-will initiatives for enhancing US-Japan relations that came out of the tragic incident. These include the establishment of a sister school relationship between Honolulu's Kawananakoa Middle School and Ehime Prefecture's Uwajima Minami Junior High School, Ehime Prefecture International Center sponsored summer internship for two University of Hawaii students each year, and the sending of an active duty military representative from the US Navy to Ehime's Nametoko English Camp each summer to teach English to Japanese students. For his part, Mr. Kono noted he was Foreign Minister in Japan's Cabinet during the Ehime Maru incident, and recalled coordinating with Admiral Thomas Fargo who was the Commander of the US Pacific Fleet at that time.


House Speaker Kono observes a moment of silence in tribute to the deceased crew of the Ehime Maru.
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. : Bereaved Family Members visit Ehime Maru Memorial


Bereaved family members Mr. & Mrs. Mizuguchi and Mr. & Mrs. Segawa assisted by Mr. Chiaki Horie arrange flowers and place leis around the Ehime Maru memorial as others including PVS's Nainoa Thompson and Kathy Thompson watch and pay respect.

February 9th is the anniversary of the tragic accident that resulted in the sinking of the Japanese Fisheries High School training vessel Ehime Maru and the loss of nine crewmembers. This year, Mr. Tatsuyoshi Mizuguchi and Mrs.Mizuguchi, and Mr. Kazuteru Segawa and Mrs. Segawa came to Honolulu to pay respect to their sons and the lost crew on the anniversary date. Consul General Toshio and Mrs. Kunikata hosted a reception at the Japanese Consulate for the bereaved family members and also attended the memorial service at Kakaako Waterfront Park. On hand were also Mr. Nainoa Thompson, captain of the Polynesian Voyaging Society's voyaging canoe Hokule`a, and his wife Kathy Thompson who have continued to honor the bereaved family members, most recently by sailing the Hokule`a this past summer to Uwajima City, the homeport of the Ehime Maru. At precisely 1:43 PM to coincide with the time of the accident, the attendees observed a moment of silence and joined in prayer.

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. : Commander and crew of JS Uzushio visits Ehime Maru Memorial


Commander Eiji Futa (center) and crewmembers of the Japanese Submarine Uzushio

On September 17th, Commander Eiji Futa, Commanding Officer of the Japanese Submarine Uzushio and crewmembers visited the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park to pay respect to the lost crewmembers and to lay a wreath in their memory. JS Uzushio was visiting Hawaii to conduct joint training with the U.S. Pacific Fleet and took the occasion to visit with the President of Ehime Maru Memorial Association Edwin Hawkins. Commander Futa and his crew had visited gravesites of Japanese sailors and also visited the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punch Bowl) to pay respects. The Uzushio crew also cleaned the Ehime Maru Memorial the previous Saturday upon their arrival in Honolulu as a sign of respect for the lost crewmembers and as a public service to the State of Hawaii and the City of Honolulu. Commander Futa presented a gift to Mr. Hawkins to mark the visit, and Mr. Hawkins reciprocated with a gift to Commander Futa.

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. : Japan's new Consul General visits Ehime Maru Memorial


On 21 August, the new Japanese Consul General Toshio Kunikata and Mrs. Hiroko Kunikata accompanied by staff members of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu visited the Ehime Maru Memorial to pay respect to those who lost their lives aboard the Uwajima Fishery High School training ship. Consul General and Mrs. Kunikata prayed at the memorial and presented a flower wreath in remembrance of the lost crewmembers. The visit to the Kakaako Waterfront Park memorial was one of the first orders of business for the new Consul General who arrived in Honolulu just the previous week. Also present at the invitation of Consul General Kunikata were new Japan-America Society of Hawaii and Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA) President Edwin Hawkins, past President Earl Okawa, and EMMA Director Kenneth Saiki.

L-R: JASH/EMMA President Edwin Hawkins, Mrs. Kunikata, Consul General Kunikata,
EMMA Director Kenneth Saiki, past President Earl Okawa

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. : Japan's North Eastern Army Visits Ehime Maru Memorial


On July 8, Major General Hisashi Ota, Deputy Chief of Staff, North Eastern Army, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, led a delegation of his staff to pay respects at the Ehime Maru Memorial in Kakaako Waterfront Park. General Ota was visiting the United States Pacific Command for a planning meeting for the next Yama Sakura Joint Training Exercise between U.S. forces and Japan Ground Self Defense forces as the Japanese exercise director. General Ota took the opportunity to lay a wreath at the memorial and pay respects to the nine Japanese who lost their lives aboard the Japanese training ship Ehime Maru. JASH and Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA) President Ed Hawkins met with the Japanese visitors and later accompanied them to the memorial.

Japanese military personnel have visited the Ehime Maru memorial during their official visits to Hawaii as a sign of respect to the lost crewmembers.

JASH and EMMA President Ed Hawkins shakes hands with Major General Hisashi Ota at the Ehime Maru Memorial, Kakaako Waterfront Park.
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. : Captain and crew of DDG Atago visits Ehime Maru Memorial


Captain Ken Funato (center) and crewmembers of the Japanese Ship Atago at the Ehime Maru Memorial. JMSDF Liaison to U.S. Pacific Fleet, Cdr Hori (left) and Mr. Hawkins were also present.

On November 14, Captain Ken Funato, Commanding Officer of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force Ship DDG-177 Atago, and crew visited the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park to pay respect to the lost crewmembers. After a short memorial service, Captain Funato presented a wreath. DDG Atago was visiting Hawaii to conduct training and took the occasion to visit with the President of Ehime Maru Memorial Association Edwin Hawkins and pay respects at the memorial. Captain Funato and his crew earlier visited gravesites of Japanese sailors and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punch Bowl) to pay respects. Captain Funato presented a gift to Mr. Hawkins to mark the visit, and Mr. Hawkins reciprocated with a gift.

Japan Self Defense Force personnel have visited the Ehime Maru Memorial during their official visits to Hawaii as a sign of respect to the lost crewmembers.

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