Ehime Maru Memorial Visit by EPIC-bound Interns


The two University of Hawaii students selected as Ehime Prefecture Interns for 2015 visited the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu prior to departing for Ehime to begin their three-month summer internship. Ms. Ashley Nakaoka, undergraduate Japanese language and Biology major, and Mr. Tabo Nagase, undergraduate Hawaiian language major accompanied UH Center for Japanese Studies Director Dr. Mary McDonald, Assistant Director Dr. Gay Satsuma, and EMMA President Lenny Yajima who explained the Ehime Maru incident of 2001, the significance of the memorial, and why their upcoming internship in Ehime was directly tied to these events. They learned that this internship, which is fully paid and sponsored by Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC), was one of several good-will measures established soon after the tragic Ehime Maru accident to promote future understanding and good relations between the people of Ehime and Hawaii. Former EPIC Interns Mathew Manako Tanaka and Rochelle Ohata also attended to share their experiences.