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Weekly Update 8/27

Dear Members and Friends of JASH, Due to the government Stay at Home orders, our office will be closed beginning today, August 27 to Thursday, September 10, 2020. JASH staff will be working remotely from home but may still be contacted via email. Let’s work together and do our part to fight COVID-19! Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

Today, August 27th, is National Just Because Day……. Just Because Day has become a great way to spread random acts of kindness. Send a thoughtful card to a friend, just because. Give your grandparents a call, just because. Pick up the trash from your neighbor’s yard, just because.


Upcoming Event

Live Event JASH 30th Annual Friendship Golf Classic Monday, November 2, 2020 Tee Time: 11:30am

Questions? Contact Justin George at or 808-778-2747. For details and to register, please click here.


Shared Programs

Hosted by the Japan Society of Northern California

Virtual Program 31st U.S. Japan Friendship Cup Online Tennis Event Tuesday, September 1, 2020 3:00pm HST Free

This year Japan Society of Northern California will be hosting an online gathering to celebrate 31 years of the US-Japan Friendship Cup. They are extremely excited to welcome Former Ambassador Shunji Yanai as their special guest. Ambassador Yanai, while serving as the Consul General to Japan in San Francisco, helped create the very first US-Japan Friendship Cup Tournament. At this event he’ll be discussing the history of this tournament and the importance the grassroots friendship between the U.S. and Japan. You will also be able to learn about the history of Yonex and tennis rackets, participate in a tennis trivia quiz, network, and more. Participants in the trivia quiz may win a Yonex racket as a prize! For details and to register, please click here.


Hosted by the UH College of Social Sciences Matsunaga Institute for Peace

Virtual Program Candles in the Darkness: Stories of Courage from WWII Wednesday, September 2, 2020 1:00pm-3:00pm HST Free

Join storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung, as he shares the stories of four ordinary men, who faced impossible situations, with extraordinary courage and determination, in WWII: Ben Kuroki, Frank Emi, Chiune Sugihara, and Solly Ganor. Experience their stories performed live on the 75th anniversary of the end of that brutal war. For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Japan Society of Northern California

Virtual Program Womenomics Pioneer Kathy Matsui How to Nurture Female Employees Wednesday, September 7, 2020 2:00pm HST Free

Over 20 years ago, Ms. Matsui coined the phrase Womenomics when she began her research on how empowering women could bolster Japan’s rapidly aging society. Prime Minister Abe’s Third Arrow for economic revitalization included women’s empowerment initiatives including setting targets for women in supervisory positions in all fields. These targets have not yet been met. For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC

Virtual Program J-Book Club Spotlight Monday, September 14, 2020 12:30pm-2:00pm HST Free for JASWDC members $10.00 for non-members

Join the Japan-America Society of Washington DC and J-Book Club for an exclusive Q&A with psychologist Scott Haas to discuss his new release Why Be Happy? In his latest book, Why Be Happy?, Psychologist Scott Haas introduces a solution to these problems using the Japanese concept of ukeireru, or acceptance. Through ukeireru Haas offers an elegant, practical, and life-changing look at ways we can reduce anxiety and stress and increase overall well-being.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the U.S.-Japan Council

Virtual Program Bilateral Boardroom Leadership Through Crisis, Lessons Learned Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:00pm-3:00pm HST Free

Presented by the U.S.-Japan Council, Bilateral Boardroom will cover leadership and critical lessons from prior crises, impact of the COVID-19 pandemic from a social and economic perspective, and the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Among the lineup of speakers are Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Kathy Matsui, Vice Chair and Chief Strategist, Goldman Sachs (Japan); and from Hawaii, Paul K. Yonamine, Executive Chairman, Central Pacific Bank. For details and to register, click here.

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