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Weekly Update 1/7

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

Welcome to the first JASH Update of 2021! We hope you all had a wonderful, safe, and relaxing winter holiday and fresh new year. We are excited to kickstart the year with a fantastic talk-story author spotlight with clinical psychologist Scott Haas to discuss his latest book Why Be Happy? Please join us on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm (HST) to learn about how the Japanese concept of ukeireru ‘acceptance’ may be the key to happiness.

Virtual Program

Author Spotlight Talk-Story:

“Why Be Happy?” with Dr. Scott Haas

Thursday, January 21, 2021

12:00-1:00pm (HST)

To learn more about Dr. Haas and Why Be Happy?, click here to read the review published by Forbes, or click here to purchase the book on Amazon.

For details and to register for this program, click here.


Upcoming Programs

Virtual Fundraiser Aloha for Hawaii Charities Nov. 16, 2020 – Jan. 20, 2021

This holiday season, support JASH by making a tax-deductible contribution through the Aloha for Hawaii Charities campaign by Friends of Hawaii Charities from the 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii. JASH will receive 100% of your donation plus a BONUS from FHC! For details and to donate, click here.


-Save the Date-

Virtual Program

New Year’s Reception

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

5:00pm (HST)

We are excited to invite you to our virtual 2021 New Year’s Reception! Although we cannot celebrate together in great halls as we have in years past, we are busily crafting virtual festivities to bring the elation and grandeur of our annual reception to you at home. We’ll have more details including registration coming soon, so stay tuned for more information!


Shared Events

Hosted by the U.S.-Japan Counciland The Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE)

Virtual Program

A Conversation with General Paul M. Nakasone

Monday, January 11, 2021

1:00pm HST


Join the U.S.-Japan Council and The Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) for an exclusive interview with General Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service. General Nakasone is currently the highest-ranking officer of Japanese and Asian American heritage in the United States Army. Tune in for an engaging and inspiring conversation with the United States' most senior official dealing with the critical issue of cybersecurity for our country, during which he will discuss U.S.-Japan & East Asia relations, global and domestic security issues, leadership, and more! This event is open to the public and off the record. Simultaneous Japanese interpretation will be available.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Japan Foundation, New York (JF) and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)

Face Mask Design Contest:

Mask Up 2020

Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021

1:00pm HST


The CDC recommends the use of face masks to curb the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. CGP has launched “Mask Up 2020,” an original face mask design contest to encourage mask-wearing through fun, creative mask designs. “Mask Up 2020” is open to all amateur creators, from children to adults, and it is free to participate. The winning designs will be printed on masks and distributed to interested medical institutions and nonprofit Japan-related organizations such as Japan-America Societies, Japanese gardens, etc. Winners will receive 25 of their designed face masks and gifts cards for Kinokuniya Books and Blick Art Materials.

For details and to register, click here.

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