Weekly Update 2/4

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

February 2021 Ehime Maru Memorial Ceremony Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Photo of the memorial from the 2020 ceremony

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese Uwajima Fisheries High School training ship Ehime Maru which occurred in an accident with the USS Greeneville submarine that claimed the lives of nine Japanese crewmembers, including four high school students. This year’s Ehime Maru Memorial Ceremony at the Ehime Maru Memorial in Kakaako Waterfront Park has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. Instead, a private wreath laying ceremony will be conducted by the Ehime Maru Memorial Association staff, which will be filmed and shared with the bereaved families, Ehime Prefecture and Uwajima City officials, Uwajima Fisheries High School as well as our local volunteer groups. We ask that the public please refrain from visiting the memorial site to comply with the City & County of Honolulu’s Emergency Order regarding gatherings. JASH serves as the Administrator of the Ehime Maru Memorial Association.

Upcoming Programs

Two of our annual programs focusing on U.S.-Japan relations are quickly approaching! Both are incredible programs that connect the U.S. and Japan through the unique perspective of Hawaii.

First, on February 16 at 4:00pm (HST), we have our JUMP event. 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. Click here to view our speaker biographies.

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. Click here to reserve your spot.

Next, on February 24 at 3:30pm (HST), we’ve reimagined our Japan Currents event to take our keynote speakers and networking opportunities virtual. This event will feature exclusive opportunities to connect with our speakers and other guests in small group breakout rooms, so please come prepared to network! This year’s theme is on “COVID-19 Recovery: Public Health and the Resumption of Travel.” 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. More details, including the speaker lineup and registration information are coming soon.

We look forward to seeing you in February!

Shared Events

Hosted by Temple University Japan Campus (TUJ)

Virtual Program Admissions 102: For Transfer Students Sunday, Feb. 7 3:00pm HST Free

In this Undergraduate Webinar, admissions counselors from Temple University Japan Campus will introduce the steps for applying to their undergraduate program. This Undergraduate Program webinar is specifically for students who have already completed high school and are making plans to transfer from their current university or college to TUJ's undergraduate program. Content covered will be very similar to that presented in our Admissions 101 webinar. We will elaborate more on parts specific to transfer students. A recording of the session will be available to those who register for this webinar in advance. For details and to register, click here.

Hosted by Japan Society

Virtual Program

Japanese Soufflé Pancakes:

A Valentine's Treat

Tuesday, Feb. 9

1:30pm HST

$25 General Admission

Soft, sweet, and fluffy, Japanese soufflé pancakes have captured the hearts of foodies around the world. This delectable comfort food is a must for both pancake and dessert lovers, but mastering these pancakes at home can seem daunting. This Valentine’s Day let Japanese soufflé pancakes be the perfect sweet treat for someone special, or simply treat yourself! For details and to register, click here.

Hosted by the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology (OIST) Foundation

Virtual Program

COVID-19 Science Update

Thursday, Feb. 11

2:00pm HST


Join the OIST Foundation and OIST for an update on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by four leading scientists at OIST who have spent the last year engaged in research on various aspects of the virus. The panelists will highlight scientific progress and breakthroughs and engage in a conversation on this virus, which has transformed nearly every part of the globe. For details and to register, click here.

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