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Weekly Update 9/17

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

Registration and sponsorship are NOW OPEN for our 2020 Japan-America Society of Hawaii 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 Airing Worldwide on KHNL Online Silent Auction November 12-16, 2020

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

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.


Shared Programs

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 the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

Virtual Program

Ta-Ke Leadership Series:

Kurt Matsumoto

Tuesday, September 24, 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


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.


Hosted by the Matsunaga Institute for Peace

Virtual Program

Equal Lives: Hiroshima Hibakusha Shigeaki Mori

and the Stories of 12 American POWs

with Director G. K. Hunter

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

1:00pm-2:00pm HST


The Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Social Sciences presents another installment in their “Beginning and End of the Bomb” talk-story series. Director G. K. Hunter shares the central theme of reconciliation featured in his documentary "Sakura & Pearls: Healing from World War II." This theme was inspired by his interview of Shigeaki Mori-san, a Hiroshima hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) and renowned historian in Japan, who documented the 12 American POWs that perished from the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.

For details and to register, click here.

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