Weekly Update 9/10

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

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,” which we found fitting as we take on this unpredictable time and reimagine the ways that we can operate as a community organization.

Virtual Event JASH Annual Gala Reimagined Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:00pm-9:00pm HST Livestreaming Worldwide on KHNL Online Silent Auction November 12-16, 2020 Link Forthcoming

Each year, JASH honors an individual, company, or organization with the Bridge Award for promoting understanding and friendship between Hawaii and Japan. In the spirit of building bridges of friendship, 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.

Upcoming Event

Live Event

JASH 30th Annual Friendship Golf Classic

Monday, November 2, 2020

Tee Time:  11:30am

Please note, tournament is currently at capacity.

Questions?  Contact Justin George at justin@gsehawaii.com or 808-778-2747. 

For details and to register, please click here.

Shared Programs

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 Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

Virtual Program

Ta-Ke Leadership Series:

Stanford Carr

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

4:00pm HST


Building communities with a foundation of family, sense of place, and respect for the land, Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development is responsible for building some of Hawaii's most well known residential communities. Join the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center on Tuesday, September 15th at 4pm for their Ta-Ke Series featuring well-known developer, businessman, and JASH Director Stanford Carr.

For details and to register, email deidre@nvmc.org.

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


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.

Hosted by the Japan America Society of Chicago

Virtual Program

Adapting U.S. Business for the Japanese Market:

Including Strategies for Both Domino’s

And Wendy’s in Japan

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

2:00pm-3:00pm HST


Mr. Ernest M. Higa is Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Higa Industries Co., Ltd., Chief Executive Officer of Wendy’s Japan K.K. and Chairman and Representative Director of First Kitchen Ltd. He received his MBA from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Higa will talk about how he introduced various businesses from the U.S. to Japan, including Domino’s Pizza and Wendy’s return. He has a bi-cultural background, being a third generation Nikkei American from Hawaii, and having lived in Japan for many years. Mr. Higa has a unique insight as both an insider and outsider on the Japanese market.

For details and to register, click here.

Hosted by Temple University, Japan Campus

Virtual Program TUJ Admissions 101 Sunday, September 27, 2020 3:00pm HST Free

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is the oldest and largest foreign university in Japan. Founded in 1982, TUJ has developed into a nationally recognized institution offering an extensive range of educational programs. TUJ students receive the same credits, degrees and transcripts as students at Main Campus in Philadelphia. All classes at TUJ are taught in English and no Japanese proficiency is required to start.

In this undergraduate webinar, TUJ Admissions Counselors will be going over the application process, scholarships, and financial aid. 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.

External Employment Opportunity

Position Title:

Full Time Office Assistant for Economic and Political Sections


Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu

1742 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817

The Consulate General of Japan has one vacancy in the Economic and Political Sections for a full-time office assistant. Duties include, but are not limited to: Economic and political affairs-related assignments, supporting management, arranging meetings, and translating documents.

For details and to apply, click here.

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