Weekly Update 7/30

Dear Members and Friends of JASH: Good news! In a press conference by Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu, it was announced that Japan is starting to take measures to resume international travel. Japan will be utilizing a multiple phased approach towards the reintegration of international travel; the first two phases include Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand. The third phase includes Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Singapore and Taiwan. The fourth phase includes countries in Europe and Hawaii separately from the continental United States. JASH is pleased to work alongside other community members from KizunAloha and Hawaii Tourism Japan in pursuit of the safe and responsible reopening of travel between Japan and Hawaii. We shall continue to relentlessly pursue this goal in furtherance of the Mission of the Japan America Society of Hawaii.

Women Who Lead: Resilience Through Crisis Wednesday, August 5, 2020 2:00-3:00 HST

Bella Hughes is President and Co-Founder of Shaka Tea, a line of Hawaiʻi-grown, tropical-botanical, herbal teas brewed with māmaki, an ancient superleaf. Shaka Tea is now available across the US and in Japan and recently won “Best Beverage 2020” and a Gold Superior Award by American Masters of Taste and the InnoBev 2020 “Best Low/No Sugar Drink” award presented by Zenith Global. Ms. Hughes was a 2019 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program participant.

Amanda Corby-Noguchi launched her first solo business venture, Under My Umbrella (UMU) Inc. in 2009. Just a decade later, UMU has become one of the premier communications and event production companies in Hawai`i. UMU has provided counsel on corporate culture in Hawaii and Asia for numerous clients and recently opened a Japan office in February of 2019. Though UMU continues to garner distinguished clients and national acclaim, it remains dedicated to elevating the work of community-based organizations who seek to make the world a little bit better every day.

Join us as we share the stories of two extraordinary women who are successfully leading their companies through the COVID-19 crisis. Learn how they are managing to persevere and rise above challenges that many of us are all facing today. For details and to register, please click here.

Upcoming Programs



Virtual Program JASH Natsumatsuri Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST 9:00pm - 10:00pm PST 11:00pm - 12:00pm CDT Friday, August 14, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm JST

- International entertainment from Japan and Hawaii - Cultural segment on how Matsuri is celebrated in Japan and here in Hawaii - Sake eti