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Weekly Update 10/8

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

This week, we bring you an exciting announcement regarding our upcoming Annual Friendship Golf Classic!

First is the launch of our Golf Classic’s Golf Ball Drop fundraiser on November 2, 2020. This event will be great fun for everyone (not just golfers!), and you do not need to be registered for the Friendship Golf Classic to participate and win.

With the help of Mauna Loa Helicopter, we’ll be dropping 1,000 golf balls from the sky over a target hole. The five balls that enter or are closest to the hole will win prizes! Proceeds from this fun event will go directly to JASH so that we can continue bringing you educational, cultural, and business-minded programs.

This year’s grand prize is an incredible package courtesy of Timbers Kaua`i, featuring:

  • Two-night stay in a three or four-bedroom residence at Timbers Kauai

  • Two round-trip inter-island air tickets

  • Gratis round of golf for two

  • Private waterfall tour

  • Shwag bag

Prices start at 1 Ball/$15, or you can take advantage of our great deals:

You do not need to be present at the Golf Classic to enter, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! Click here to purchase your golf ball entries and learn more about our Ball Drop.


Upcoming Event

Virtual Program Women Who Lead: Strengthening Our Spirit Virtual Talk-Story with Phyllis Look & Cristina Moon Thursday, October 15, 2020 4:00pm-5:00pm HST Free

Join us for our next installment in our “Women Who Lead” talk-story series as we welcome panelists Phyllis Look of Forest Bathing Hawai`i and Cristina Moon of Daihonzan Chozen-ji International Zen Dojo to learn about how connecting with our spirit and mind and focusing on the present can aid us through the difficulties and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, you'll learn about what these connections entail and how they are practiced from shinrin-yoku 'forest bathing' and Zen Buddhism perspectives. Click here for more information on our wonderful panelists and moderator. For details and to register, click here.


Virtual Program

The Hawaiʻi-Japan Connection Series

Examining the Present:

Economic ties between Hawaiʻi and Japan in the age of COVID-19

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

4:00pm-5:00pm HST


The Japan-America Society of Hawaii is excited to co-sponsor the following webinar with JASH corporate member, the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Under the constantly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining economic ties between Japan and Hawaii is an unprecedented challenge. What are the prospects of economic exchange between the two regions? What new initiatives are in place to foster the bonds? Join us for a panel discussion on pragmatic ways to enhance the Japan-Hawaii relationship. We will have brief presentations by the three speakers, Takaho Iwasaki, Sumner La Croix, and Yasuo Tanabe, followed by discussion and a Q&A session. The webinar will be moderated by Denise Konan, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and a professor of economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. For details and to register, click here.


Live Event

JASH 30th Annual Friendship Golf Classic

Monday, November 2, 2020

Tee Time:  11:30am

Event is at capacity, Hole Sponsorships are still available.

Questions?  Contact Justin George at or 808-778-2747. 

For details and to register, please click here.

Golf Ball Drop

Monday, November 2, 2020


Winners Announced during the Golf Classic Award Ceremony

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Join our Golf Ball Drop, featuring grand prize trip for two to Timbers Kaua`i!

For details and to purchase balls, click here.


Virtual Event

JASH Annual Gala Reimagined

Saturday, November 14, 2020

8:00pm-9:00pm HST

Airing on KHNL

Online Silent Auction

November 12-16, 2020

Link Forthcoming

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii cordially invites you to our 2020 JASH Annual Gala Reimagined and Online Silent Auction. Our 2020 theme is “Mirai 未来 – Our New Future.” We are pleased to present the Sony Corporation with the Bridge Award for their exemplary leadership in fostering a relationship between Japan and the U.S. We are also honored to have Corbett Kalama, President of Friends of Hawaii Charities, as this year's keynote speaker.

For details and to register, click here.


Shared Events

Hosted by International Christian University (ICU)

Virtual Program

Experience Academics and Student Life at ICU

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

5:00pm HST


Well-known for its large population of American students, try attending a class at International Christian University (ICU) through a special online mock class event. A special "Talk Session" will be held to connect you with two current students. Take the chance and become an ICU student for the day! Everyone is invited!

International Christian University is a diverse and internationally focused university in Tokyo, Japan. At ICU, students learn to communicate effectively in Japanese and in English and have opportunities to explore a wide range of academic disciplines. ICU offers thirty-one majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary studies.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Center for Japanese Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Virtual Program Situating Gender and Law in Japanese Legal Education: Preliminary exploration and comments Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:00pm-1:30pm HST Free

Abstract: If the status of women in Japanese law and women in Japan more generally is to be meaningfully considered, circumstances demand qualitative and quantitative attention to inequities in the human institutions from which law derives. Unfortunately, this subject has received a relative lack of attention in our scholarship. Accordingly, this paper looks at the comparative history and status quo of women in legal education. We in the U.S. made great strides regarding inclusiveness of women and gender and law studies beginning from the 1970s, accelerating these into the 1980s. Though there is still much to be done better here too, it seems fair to say that we moved ahead of Japan where positive changes didn't gain much traction until the 1990s and there has been not enough at that even to the present day. I will explore how and ultimately, why, the two paths diverged so distinctly. I will posit, with humble recognition for the vital agency of women and feminist allies, that well-functioning programs for personnel, pedagogy, community, and scholarship by and for women in legal education can make things better for "women in the law” and "women and the law”, and further foster a less patriarchal society generally.

Mark Levin is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Matsunaga Institute for Peace, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Virtual Program

Nagasaki Hibakusha Stories with Mr. Shohei Tsuiki and Mr. Yoshiro Yamawaki

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

3:00pm-4:30pm HST


Nagasaki hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) Mr. Shohei Tsuiki and Mr. Yoshiro Yamawaki will share their stories of August 9, 1945. This event is co-sponsored by the Nagasaki Foundation for the Promotion of Peace.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

Virtual Program

The Fearless, The Fabulous, & The Feminine

Friday, October 23, 2020

4:00pm HST


The October panel will delve into the topics such as: work-life balance, resilience, and the traits of a female leader. Our guest speakers will participate in answering questions through our moderator and tell their stories on what it means to be an influential figure in their work and community.

As part of the U.S. - Japan Council's "Regional Women in Leadership" series, the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center is partnering with the USJC on a two-part panel titled “The Fearless, The Fabulous, & The Feminine.” Both organizations, fulfilling their purpose to educate and strengthen US - Japan relations, will discuss the topic of “Womenomics” which intends to strengthen female representation and entrepreneurship.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by Temple University Japan (TUJ)

Virtual Program

Career Development at TUJ

Sunday, October 25, 2020

3:00pm HST


In this Undergraduate Webinar, representatives from Temple University Japan will highlight the services offered by TUJ's Career Development office, give top career development tips for students, and discuss the career outlook in Japan. A TUJ student will also present on his internship experience. A live Q&A will follow. A recording of the session will be available to those who register for this webinar in advance.

For details and to register, click here.


2021 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Informational Sessions

The Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu is pleased to announce the upcoming virtual Informational Sessions for the 2021 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program recruitment. The sessions, via Zoom, will be held on the following the dates and times:

The sessions will only be open to those who pre-register. To register, please submit RSVP to: and provide your first and last name, university (if student), email address and which session you would like to attend.

The Consulate will be accepting registrations until 4:00pm one day prior to each info session. 

For more information about the JET Program, please see

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