Weekly Update 2/11

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,


Wreaths and lei decorate the Ehime Maru Memorial for the 20th Memorial Ceremony.

On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, the Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA) held a private remembrance ceremony for the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the Uwajima Fisheries High School training ship Ehime Maru at the Ehime Maru Memorial in Kakaʻako Waterfront Park. The Ehime Maru suffered the loss of nine lives, including four students, two teachers, and three crew members after it was unexpectedly struck by the USS Greeneville submarine. Messages of remembrance from Consul General Yutaka Aoki, Governor David Ige, Governor Tokihiro Nakamura of Ehime Prefecture, Mayor Rick Blangiardi, and Mayor Fumiaki Okahara of Uwajima City were read during the private ceremony. In memory of the nine who were lost in the tragedy, wreaths and lei were offered to the memorial on behalf of the bereaved family members and Ehime Prefecture and Uwajima City officials who were unable to travel to Honolulu due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his message, as the representative of the bereaved families, Mr. Tatsuyoshi Mizuguchi expressed heartfelt gratitude to everyone in Hawaii who has treated them with care, compassion, respect, and with the aloha spirit over the past twenty years.

Current EMMA and JASH President Reyna Kaneko (left) and Past President of EMMA and JASH President Emeritus Earl Okawa (right) offer messages of remembrance and reaffirm their commitment to maintaining the memorial.

In closing, Mr. Ken Saiki, Director of the Ehime Maru Memorial Association ensured that the association would continue to keep the memory of the nine souls alive in our hearts, and to care for the memorial so it remains a beautiful, fitting tribute to their legacy. Since its unveiling in 2002, Mr. Saiki has coordinated volunteers from local Japanese American community groups for weekly maintenance and cleaning of the memorial. JASH serves as the administrator of the Ehime Maru Memorial Association and works to preserve the memory of the lives lost in this tragic accident and to maintain the memorial in perpetuity.

Upcoming Programs

Zoom Webinar Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) The U.S.-Japan Alliance: History, Current Challenges, and Opportunities Tues., Feb. 16, 2021 4:00-5:00pm (HST) [Feb. 17, 11am (JST)] Click Here to Register

This event is open to the public and is free to attend thanks to our generous sponsors, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and the National Association of Japan-America Societies. Keynote speakers Admiral Philip Davidson and Vice Admiral (Ret.) Yoji Koda will present on this year’s theme, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance: History, Current Challenges, and Opportunities.” Opening remarks will also be given by Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA Chairman and President Dr. Satohiro Akimoto, National Association of Japan-America Societies President Peter Kelley, and Consul General Yutaka Aoki, Consul General of Japan in Honolulu. The program will be moderated by Barbara Tanabe, owner and founder of Hoʻakea Communications, LLC and JASH Board Director. Click here to read our speakers’ complete biographies.

Zoom Webinar Japan Currents COVID-19 Recovery: Public Health and Resumption of Travel Wed., Feb. 24, 2021 3:30-5:00pm (HST) [Feb. 25, 10:30am (JST)] Click to Register

This event is open to the public and is free to attend thanks to our generous sponsors, the Embassy of Japan and the National Association of Japan-America Societies.

For this year’s Japan Currents, experts from the U.S. and Japan share their country’s experiences, policies, and plans moving forward regarding COVID-19 recovery in the public health and travel sectors. Please note that due to the content of this program, this event will now be in Webinar format and will not include the previously advertised breakout sessions.

Speaking on public health, we welcome Lt. Gov. Josh Green, physician and 14th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, and Dr. Norio Ohmagari, Director of AMR Clinical Reference Center and Director of Disease Control and Prevention Center of National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM) in Japan. Presenting the latest information on the resumption of travel, we welcome John De Fries, president and chief executive officer of the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA), and Eric Takahata, Managing Director of Hawaiʻi Tourism Japan (HTJ). The program will be moderated by Barbara Tanabe, owner and founder of Hoʻakea Communications, LLC (a public affairs company) and JASH Board Director. Click here to read our speakers’ complete biographies.

Shared Events

Hosted by the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC)

Virtual Program

Japanese Americans & Japan: Legacies - Interview with Kathy Matsui

Tuesday, Feb. 16

2:00pm HST


In this installment of their Japanese Americans & Japan: Legacies video series, USJC will interview Chair of the USJC (Japan) Board of Councilors Kathy Matsui, who most recently retired from her position as Vice Chair, Co-head of Macro Research in Asia and Chief Japan Strategist at Goldman Sachs Japan. Ms. Matsui will share her family story immigrating from Japan to the United States, her career success and leadership on behalf of women in the workforce (“womenomics”) and support of women’s education in Asia, and more. For details and to register, click here.

Hosted by the Japan Society of Northern California

Virtual Program

Invitation to the World of Noh, UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage

Thursday, Feb. 18

2:00pm HST


Richard Emmert, born in Ohio, came to Japan over 40 years ago to study Japanese traditional music. By chance, he began taking lessons in Noh while studying at the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts. While teaching Noh and traditional Japanese performing arts at Musashino University in Tokyo, he became involved in conducting practical Noh workshops both in Japan and abroad. Professor Emmert founded Theatre Nohgaku, a company dedicated to performing Noh in English, and has led its performance tours in the US, Europe and Asia. During this presentation, you will learn from Professor Emmert all important aspects of Noh such as its “mai” (dance), “utai” (vocal), four “hayashi” (music) instruments and “noh-men” (masks), watch some performances and hear his fascinating story. For details and to register, click here.

Featured Posts
Recent Posts
Search By Tags
No tags yet.
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Instagram Social Icon

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii was founded in 1976 to promote understanding and friendship between the people of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii.


1600 Kapiolani Blvd. Ste. 204

Honolulu, HI 96814

Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: (808) 524-4450

Fax:      (808) 524-4451


  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon

Associated Organizations

© 2020 by Japan-America Society of Hawaii