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Fostering the Nichi Bei Leaders of Tomorrow



JIAS is returning to the classroom! 

Japan-in-a-Suitcase (JIAS) is a program for students in kindergarten through grade 5 that teaches young students how to seek alternative viewpoints through easy to comprehend examples. The JIAS programs give students in Hawaii’s elementary schools a chance to understand the concept of Different Perspectives; learn how to ask questions; and how to look at challenges and new ideas from a different point of view. The goal is for children to learn how to view objects and issues from different viewpoints and develop their skill of inquiry to become critical thinkers.

Applications for JIAS presentations for the 2022-2023 school year are now closed.

Please note that due to the large number of requests received, presentation dates are subject to availability.

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JASH provides several Educational Programs to the students of Hawaii in grades K-12.

Each of these programs teaches students about Japan while also helping them understand the concept of Different Perspectives.

Through these opportunities, we hope to foster the future generations of Nichibei Leadersglobal citizens who will continue building and strengthening bridges between the U.S. and Japan.

Our programs include:

• Japan-In-A-Suitcase (Gr. K-5)

• Japan Wizards Competition (Gr. 9-12)

• Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (Gr. 5-6)

• Japan Day (Gr. 6-12)

• Hiroshima Peace Scholarship (Gr. 11)

• Sadako Peace Projects (Gr. 9-College)

• Hokkaido Camp Program (Gr. 10-11)

For more information about our Educational Programs, please see the program descriptions below.

Japan Wizards

Japan Wizards Competition

The Japan Wizards Competition is a statewide academic team competition that tests high school students on different aspects of Japan, such as geography, transportation, economy, food, education, sports, popular culture, history, religion, culture and language. The students who participate in this competition develop learning skills in research, personal responsibility, teamwork and operating under pressure. They also gain an understanding of the concept of Different Perspectives by studying and preparing for the competition. A total of four winning teams are awarded a trip to Japan in the summer to experience in real life what they studied in preparation for the competition and what they learned in the classroom.

Registration is now CLOSED for the 2023 JWC.

Good luck to all of our teams!

We are also looking for volunteers!

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