JASH Plans Future of Educational Exchange with Ehime

JASH President Hawkins with Ehime visitors and UHCJS staff: (L-R) Ed Hawkins, Ryotaro Yano (Ehime International Affairs Division), Jun Morimoto (Director, EPIC), Gay Satsuma (Associate Director, UHCJS), Bob Huey (Director, UHCJS), Noriko Omori (Manager, EPIC)

JASH President Hawkins with Ehime visitors and UHCJS staff: (R-L) Ed Hawkins, Ryotaro Yano (Ehime International Affairs Division), Jun Morimoto (Director, EPIC), Gay Satsuma (Associate Director, UHCJS), Bob Huey (Director, UHCJS), Noriko Omori (Manager, EPIC)

The year 2013 will mark the tenth anniversary of the start of educational exchange programs between Ehime Prefecture and Hawaii, goodwill measures put in place following the tragic accident between a high school training ship and a U.S. Navy submarine in waters off Honolulu that resulted in the loss of nine Japanese crewmembers, including four students. Two officials from Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC; administrator of the program) and one from the Ehime Government office visited Honolulu recently to discuss how to structure future educational exchange programs. For 2012, EPIC will continue the program of hosting two University of Hawaii students for a three-month summer internship in Matsuyama, Ehime’s capital. However, the Ehime government that funds this project wants to look at restructuring the present program to include programs for high school students. JASH has been the Hawaii action office for these programs, working closely with UH’s Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) to recruit and select students. JASH accompanied the Ehime visitors to several local schools to gauge their interest: Saint Louis School (Japanese club cleans the Ehime Maru Memorial), Iolani School (winner of last year’s Japan Wizards competition), Kawananakoa Middle School (sister school with Ehime’s Uwajima Minami Junior High School). JASH will work with EPIC in the coming year to help develop this new direction in Ehime-Hawaii educational exchanges