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Japan-America Society of Hawaii
1600 Kapiolani Blvd Suite 204
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Phone (808) 524-4450
Fax (808) 524-4451
Office hours:
M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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. : Opportunities for Corporate Members

Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Research Student Scholarship

The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu is presently accepting applications for the Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Research Student Scholarship for graduate students. MEXT offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities in various fields.

Basic qualifications for applicants:
  • A US citizen
  • Under 35 years of age (as of April 2, 1976)
  • Graduate of a university
  • In good mental and physical health to study in Japan
  • Able to arrive in Japan either during the first week of April or October

Scholarship benefits include:
  • Monthly allowance (approximately 152,000 yen)
  • Transportation to and from Japan
  • School fees (including enrollment fees, tuition and entrance exam fees)

For more information, please download and review the scholarship information PDF from the "Study in Japan" website. The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu highly encourages students to apply for this 1-1/2 or 2 year scholarship. Contact Lisa Sakamoto at (808) 543-3126 or with any questions or concerns.


Hawaii 5:01 Program. This program provides corporate members the opportunity to host an event at their place of business for Society corporate members. The intent of the program is to provide a venue for company representatives to meet in a setting for informal discussions and developing relationships. This networking event also presents the host company a great marketing opportunity by showcasing the company, not only to Society corporate representatives, but to invited guests (to introduce them to the company and the Society). Interested companies should contact the Society at 524-4450 or email at


Tokyo Business Entry Point. The Society attempts to help other organizations, especially if there is benefit to members and the community. The new web site of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is an example of helping business members to make contact in Tokyo through the "Tokyo Business Entry Point" web site. It is designed as a one-stop portal for foreign firms' various questions. Visit for more information.


Advertising in the Society's Membership Directory. Companies can market their company in the Society's Membership Directory that goes out to nearly 1,100 members. Interested? Call the Society at 524-4450 or email at


Sponsorship in Society's Annual Friendship Golf Classic. Sponsorship opportunities are available to showcase your company's support for the Society and the work it does for the community. Sign up now to enter by calling the Society office at 524-4450 or email at

The tournament will begin with a 1200 noon shotgun start. Registration begins at 1000 a.m. with lunch, an open driving range to loosen up those muscles and a putting contest. Enjoy a round of golf with your friends and help your Society at the same time. Sign up for the sponsorships and help your company gain the spotlight. We're looking for sponsors, prize donors and players.



. : Opportunities for Teachers and Students

Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is a non-profit organization that operates educational and cultural exchange programs for university students from the United States, Japan, and Korea. JASH collaborates with the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Center for Japanese Studies in nominating a candidate. To learn more about these programs, visit its website at

Pacific Forum CSIS

Young Leaders Program - The Pacific Forum CSIS Young leaders Program engages selected young professionals and graduate students from a broad range of disciplines and countries in policy dialogues through participation in selected Pacific Forum CSIS workshops, seminars, and conferences. The program helps train up-and-coming 20-35 year-olds from the U.S., East Asia, and elsewhere in international security and policy affairs at an early juncture in their careers, while also giving greater voice to the next generation's viewpoints within the elite circles of policy specialists. Partial funding for the Young Leaders Program is provided by the Luce Foundation, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Strong Foundation. A growing number of academic research organizations, government ministries, and businesses also provide support by sponsoring individual Young Leaders. Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco sponsors a group of Yuchengco Fellows from the Philippines.

Please visit for more details.


The Vasey Fellowship Program provides bright, young Asian scholars the opportunity to study the economics and politics of the Asia-Pacific region and the US-Asia relationship as a junior researcher and participant in Pacific orum events. The Vasey Fellow will work in the Pacific Forum office in Honolulu, Hawaii for a period of 3 to 12 months and will receive a modest stipend to cover living and traveling expenses while in Hawaii.

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellowship (SPF) is a new fellowship program that focuses on S-Japan relations. The SPF Fellowship is looking for young professionals from Japan and the US to spend 3-6 months at the Pacific Forum office as well us up to six weeks in Tokyo or Washington DC. We are also seeking a non-resident SPF Fellow who should already have an MA or PhD and will attend 2-4 Pacific Forum CSIS (Young Leaders) conferences a year.

Please visit to find out more information about the Pacific Forum CSIS and to apply for the Vasey and SPF Fellowships.


For details and more information, please see the Seminar website at


Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship
Ina Goodwin Tateuchi and her late husband, Atsuhiko Tateuchi, both came from hard-working families and were taught to appreciate and respect education. They wish to provide $5000 scholarships for students from the Pacific Rim states who demonstrate hard work, dedication and sincerity. Students must have financial need and academic merit. Visit for more information.


Harvard online: Explore Japan's history. You can now explore Japan's history in the Harvard online course HIST E-1851 Japan: Tradition and Transformation with Mikael Adolphson, PhD, Associate Professor of Japanese History at Harvard University. The lectures are from the popular Harvard daytime course Historical Studies A-14, recorded for viewing through the Harvard Extension School by students living anywhere in the world. Visit for more information.


The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature
The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University annually awards $6,000 in Japan-U.S. Friendship Commision Prizes for the Translation of Japanese Literature. A prize is given for the best translation of a modern or classical work, or the prize is divided between equally distinguished translations. Please visit for details.


Fujitsu Scholarship. The Fujitsu Scholarship covers tuition, airfare, and living expense that enables a Hawaii resident to take part in the 3.5 month Global Leaders for Innovation and Knowledge (GLIK) program offered by Fujitsu-JAIMS Foundation. The GLIK is intended to strengthen one's business savvy for dealing with the increasingly complex challenges of managing in this 21st century. The post-baccalaureate program focuses on the knowledge-creation process and leadership techniques from both theoretical and applied perspectives. This program takes place in Hawaii, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. The scholarship is offered twice a year. Detailed information regarding the scholarship can be found at Additional information about JAIMS can be found at


Youth For Understanding USA. Experience Japan!. . .through Youth For Understanding USA. Our mission is to prepare young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world through exchange opportunities. As an exchange student to Japan, you will experience Japanese life and learn about the culture while living with a host family. Fluency in another language, knowledge of another culture, increased maturity, enhanced opportunities for the future, and lifelong friendships are just some of the benefits of exchange. Whether you're interested in getting a glimpse of the culture during summer or fully immersing yourself in Japanese culture on a full-year program, YFU USA offers many scholarships. For over fifty years, YFU has offered opportunities to study in more than 35 countries through three distinct types of programs: academic year, academic semester, or summer. Please visit or call 1-800-TEENAGE (1-800-833-6243) for application and additional information. Download flyer: You will need Adobe Reader to open.


The Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program. The Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1994 to build a corps of federal employees, who because they have lived in Japan and worked long-term on projects in Japanese ministries, can manage the U.S.-Japan relationship more effectively when they return to their U.S. government agencies. An intensive, two-year program, the Mansfield Fellowships provide for a year in Japan working in full-time professional positions in Japanese government offices, preceded by a first year of in-depth study in the United States of the Japanese language and area studies. Through the practical experience of conversing in Japanese and being involved in projects, meetings, planning sessions and business travel with their Japanese colleagues, Fellows learn how the Japanese government works and establish professional relationships with Japanese government officials, the business community and the Japanese people. For additional information about the fellowships, you may visit the Foundation's web site at or call Fellowship Program Associate Director Ms. Niharika Chibber Joe at (202) 347-1994.


The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. The JET Program, which began in 1987, is a Japanese government sponsored exchange program that seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program is based upon intensifying foreign language education in Japan, and upon promoting international exchange at the local level through fostering ties between Japanese youth and JET Program participants. This program also provides valuable opportunities for the participants to learn about Japan and the Japanese culture. The JET Program offers highly qualified college/university graduates opportunities to work as either Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) in elementary or secondary schools or Coordinators for International Relations (CIR) in selected local government offices in Japan. For the online application and general information, please visit






. : JASH Internships

Chelsea Cagaoan, Psychology and Japanese Studies major at Willamette University

While in high school, I volunteered at JASH's Japan Day events and competed in their Japan Wizards Competition. Participating in these types of programs fortified my interest in learning about Japanese culture, and I remember thinking how amazing it was that these types of programs were available for students and the community. Now, as a college student, I jumped at the chance to intern for JASH as part of my internship requirement.

As an intern, I experienced a variety of JASH programs, including 5:01 and soroban classes, but my main role was to serve as an assistant and chaperone for the Rainbow for Japan Kids (RFJK) program dedicated to psychological relief and respite for students who were affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. JASH, as well as local businesses, organizations, and travel agencies both in Hawaii and Japan come together as a team to plan this program. I also had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Tohoku with Hawaii youth who have been heavily involved with the RFJK program. There, they were able to reconnect with Rainbow kids and experience their lifestyles, as well as volunteer in disaster-stricken areas. In both my experiences with the RFJK program and in Tohoku, I am constantly astounded by the peoples' resilience and strength to move forward. I've also realized just how beneficial intercultural communication can be for both sides.

My experiences at JASH were challenging and rewarding, and I would like to thank my supervisor, JASH's staff, the RFJK committee, and supporters for allowing me this opportunity. I truly support and admire JASH's programs and believe they are integral for sustaining international learning in our community.


Jasmine Lai, Government and International Relations major with a geographical focus on East Asia at Claremont McKenna College

I am extremely grateful to have been able to intern at JASH. By good fortune I ended up back in Hawaii for three months before beginning my semester abroad in Japan. I wanted to do something productive, useful to others, and pertinent to preparation for Japan. I have been studying Japanese since entering the 7th grade and my interest for Japan and its culture only continues to grow. The majority of my time as an intern has been spent preparing for the Japan Wizards Competition, assisting the day of, and working on post competition tasks such as compiling feedback from the event. On February 23rd, the competition day, I witnessed everything the staff, volunteers, and students had been preparing for come to fruition. This competition is just one example of the extent to which JASH has truly strengthened Japan-Hawaii relationships and understanding through outreach to a large and diverse group of people. During my time here I have briefly experienced other JASH programs such as the Ehime Maru Memorial Association and Japan-in-a-Suitcase. I was also fortunate enough to observe a Board of Directors meeting at which I heard mention of JASH's history and progress made in 33 years with an accompanying commendation for the amazing work done by a small staff at JASH. With the number and depth of programs at JASH it is wonder that so much can be accomplished, until you have met the talented people behind it all.


Jennifer Kato; Majoring in Marketing with a Japanese and International Business minor at Santa Clara University

My internship experience this summer has been very memorable, and I have learned a lot about how a company is run and organized. I have always had a great interest in Japan, and in the future would like to have a job that focuses on the relationship between Japan and the United States.

As an intern at JASH, I participated in 5:01 and guest speaker events, where I was able to meet people who were involved with the Japan America community. I also translated English documents and letters to Japanese or vice versa, and worked on grant reports.

My most memorable experience at JASH was participating and organizing the Rainbow for Japan Kids Project. Knowing that these kids had suffered through the disaster on March 11, seeing them laugh and smile gave me strength and courage. Working with leaders of many different companies supporting this project was a great networking experience as well. The goal of the program and the people involved are truly amazing, and are my new ohana.

I really admire the activities and services that JASH provides for the community by creating a bridge between Japan and America, and forming a relationship with one another. As a Japanese-American, both cultures have been very important to me, and I truly support and appreciate what JASH has been doing. Thank you JASH for giving me this internship opportunity and I feel grateful to have worked with wonderful people.


Yuri Matsuoka

My internship experience at Japan-America Society of Hawaii was wonderful. It was only one year, but this one year was huge and has become one of my treasures. Most of my experiences at JASH were new for me and I was excited to learn these, like the Japan in a Suitcase program, many kinds of JASH membership programs, and educational programs, etc... I was very happy to have a chance to learn about different culture, different perspectives, and different life styles in Hawaii. I appreciate all of people who gave me such a wonderful opportunity. I would like to especially thank each and every one of JASH staff.


Yuko Ishigami

At JASH, I had many good experiences like I had never had before. For about one-year, I took part in the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) Mission Project, the regular APCC and Japan-in-a-Suitcase (JIAS) programs. I also assisted with all JASH member programs, educational programs, fundraisers and other events.

What impressed me most in this one year was the experience of the regular APCC program. It was very interesting for me to see the six Junior Ambassadors bonding with each other, having a great experience in Japan and making friendships with other countries' children.

With the JIAS program, it was very interesting for me to do presentations at the local Elementary Schools, since I saw very different educational styles, schools and students than from Japan. At schools in Hawaii, I felt they have a more close relationship with each other than Japanese students at schools in Japan. It's not only between students and students, but also between students and teachers. After presentations, some students gave us hugs. In Japan, we don't have such a custom, so it was impressive. Also it was a very good opportunity for me to have presentations in Molokai and Maui, since I could see more differences from Oahu. On those neighbor islands, the children use a lot of Hawaiian words and they called us "Auntie", not "teacher" or "Ms.", and there are more close relationships than on Oahu. One of most impressing things was that they have a Hawaiian chant time before classes in the morning at Hana Elementary school. It was very nice to see it, because I was interested in Hawaiian style at the school.

I really appreciate having such a wonderful experience in JASH as a JASH staff member and I thank all JASH staff and all of the people who support JASH.


Richard Kiyabu, University of Hawaii at Manoa Public Administration Graduate Candidate

The not for profit community in the islands is a special network of dedicated individuals that go beyond the call to deliver outstanding services and programs. JASH's mission to "promote understanding and friendships between the peoples of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii," made a special impression on me to be part of sustaining the bridge between our countries. While pursing a graduate degree in Public Administration at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, I leaped at the opportunity to enroll into a practicum as an intern with the Society.

This wonderful experience granted many rewarding hands on experiences that helped me gain a greater appreciation for the organization's functions while prescribing challenging projects. I was able to volunteer at golf tournaments, act as a Japan in a Suitcase co-presenter, assist with operations relating to fund development, and collaborate with highly motivated staff members on special projects. A highlight was hearing Emperor Akihito's address at the annual Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation dinner.

I would like to thank JASH's staff, board of directors, and supporters for this solid opportunity to serve my community and the wonderful international relationships we cultivate everyday.

Makoto ni Doumo Arigatou Gozaimasu!


Sachiyo Kobayashi

I worked at the Japan-America Society of Hawaii as an intern for one-year. In Japan, I worked at Japanese companies for seven years. I wanted to have experience working in America so that I could learn about the way American people think and also learn about how non-profit organizations operate. My job was to assist the Asian Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) Program Director and I also went out to elementary schools and gave presentations to children with the Japan-in-a-Suitcase Program. Our goal in that program was to show differences and similarities between American and Japanese culture and the way we see things - different perspectives. I was also able to work with the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation (a sister society of JASH) on their 50th Anniversary celebration where I was in charge of organizing the Commemorative Booklet for the event. This time was very special and I am grateful to JASH and the CPASF for giving me the opportunity to meet new people and experience new challenges that I had never experienced before.


Junjiro Makise, Japanese student majoring in Accounting at Brigham Young University Hawaii

I applied for this JASH internship opportunity because I wanted to meet different people and to have different experiences seeing what I want to do for my future career. To accomplish this goal, I was able to participate in two major events during my internship. The first event was the Pearl Harbor Workshop, where I was a facilitator for the Japanese participants. My job was to assist the Japanese participants during the lectures and discussions. The second event was the English Rakugo program performed by Katsura Kaishi at the University of Hawaii, where I assisted with coordinating the event.

Throughout my internship I was able to meet and talk to different people and had great experiences with them. It really helped me to realize what kind of career path I want to pursue. I am so grateful to JASH for giving me this internship opportunity this summer.


Ryohei Masuda, Japanese student, majoring in Economics and Management at Seikei University (Tokyo)

My scope of duties while at JASH was redesigning the Japan-America Society of Hawaii website, incorporating e-giving solutions and developing update tasks list on the webpage. I actually had created a website for university students in Japan. Thus, my previous experiences helped me to for the website. Also, I met many different people through this internship. These things are going to play a prominent role in my entrepreneurial career in the future. Above all, I am grateful to JASH for giving me an internship position. I recommend other students to apply for this internship!


Linh Tran, Vietnamese student, majoring in Finance at University of Hawaii at Manoa

As a marketing intern, my role was to write articles of recent events and also to make a marketing plan for the Society. The position gave me a chance to see how a nonprofit organization gets its word out to the community. One of the main concerns I looked at was how to find a way to spread JASH's message effectively without increasing the advertising costs. I realized the important role of the news media (magazines, newspapers, TV) in a non-profit organization. The experience that I received from this internship will help me greatly because I gained greater working knowledge and knowledge of people.


Kanae Tokunaga, Japanese Student, majoring in Economics at Washington College

My major project was to create a budget profile and budget projection for the year 2008. I realized the challenges that nonprofit organizations face in financing valuable activities that are necessary in the community. Since this internship was a part of my senior thesis project, which is on the relationship between nonprofit revenue seeking behavior and its quality of operation, I was using academic research on nonprofit organizations. However, more than any research could have done; my hands on experience at JASH gave me a greater insight for my thesis. I am thankful that I could meet many people through this internship. Meeting new people always motivated me to think about my career path after my graduation this coming December.


Ryoko Hirose

I have been an intern of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii since September 2007. My main job has been to organize the role of JASH for the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan. The APCC is a grassroots organization devoted to promoting international exchange both in the community and throughout the world. Each year, the Society selects eight 11-year-old students (four boys and four girls) from across the state to take part in a two-week convention in July as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) from Hawaii to APCC in Fukuoka, Japan.

I have also participated in the "Japan in a Suitcase" program. The presentations teach some differences between American and Japanese culture to public elementary school children in Hawaii.

Historically, Hawaii has deep ties with Japan. I have been very happy to be doing an active internship in Hawaii because I am able to be involved in a cross-cultural exchange between Hawaii and Japan.

My desire has been and will be to strengthen the bonds of friendship between Hawaii and Japan. The internship-training program of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii has given me the confidence to seek ways where I can continue to help the people of Japan and Hawaii to understand and communicate with each other in the best ways possible.



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