Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Ehime Maru Memorial

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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park on December 26, 2016 during his visit to Honolulu. Prime Minister Abe was welcomed by Sal Miwa (JASH Chair) and Blair M.T. Odo (JASH and Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA) Interim President), along with Earl Okawa (JASH President Emeritus) and Kenneth Saiki (EMMA Director).

“Prime Minister Abe commented how he was Cabinet Secretary at the time of the accident, and remembers well the subsequent events with sadness,” said Interim President Odo.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, lays a wreath at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in Honolulu. The memorial is dedicated to the victims of a 2001 collision off the coast of Hawaii between the Ehime Maru, a fisheries training vessel, and a U.S. naval submarine. Several were killed, including four high school students, in the accidental collision. Shinzo Abe arrived in Hawaii on Monday to recognize the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, lays a wreath at the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, in Honolulu. The memorial is dedicated to the victims of a 2001 collision off the coast of Hawaii between the Ehime Maru, a fisheries training vessel, and a U.S. naval submarine. Several were killed, including four high school students, in the accidental collision. Shinzo Abe arrived in Hawaii on Monday to recognize the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

JASH provides liaison and administrative services for EMMA. The Memorial honors the nine crew members of the Japanese fishery high school training ship Ehime Maru who lost their lives on February 9, 2001, when the tragic accident with the submarine occurred. Since then, both EMMA and JASH have facilitated various cultural and educational exchange programs to heal and strengthen relations between Ehime Prefecture and Hawaii.

Later in the evening, a reception was held for the Prime Minister at the Hawaii Convention Center, with JASH — along with other Japan-related organizations in Hawaii — playing a key planning role.

EPIC Interns Share the Aloha Spirit in Ehime

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2016 EPIC Interns Jake Yasumori and Yu Sasaki enjoying their time with students at Uwajima Fisheries High School.

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Jake sharing a hug with a student at Uwajima Fisheries High School.

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Yu sharing a hug with a student at Uwajima Fisheries High School.

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Jake and Yu exchange omiyage with Ehime Governor Tokihiro Nakamura.

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Jake and Yu pay their respects at the Ehime Maru Memorial.

 

 

Ehime Maru Memorial Day Ceremony

On Saturday, May 28, 2016, JASH President Lenny Yajima attended a Shinto Memorial Day ceremony by Reverend Yano for Ehime Maru and ocean safety.

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Rear Admiral Patrick Piercey and family along with Ehime Kenjinkai members.

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EPIC Interns Jake and Yu Arrive Safely in Ehime

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Yu Sasaki and Jake Yasumori, the 2016 students selected for the EPIC Summer Internship, have arrived safely in Ehime. Both students are committed to building the Ehime-Hawaii relationship through their efforts in the internship program.

Chizu Takeuchi Visits JASH Office

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Chizu Takeuchi is here in Hawaii representing Ehime Prefectural Government at the Hiroshima and Shikoku fair at Marukai through Sunday, May 22. Mahalo Chizu for sharing delicious strawberry omiyage from Ehime with us!

EPIC Interns Jake and Yu Visit Ehime Maru Memorial

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Jake Yasumori and Yu Sasaki will be spending the summer at Ehime Prefectural International Center 公益財団法人愛媛県国際交流協会 (EPIC), in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, under the guidance of manager Noriko Omori. The internship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the interns to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, Ehime-style, with great attention to “omotenashi ” or first class hospitality. They will also share vibrant Hawaiian culture with students in their classrooms, and visitors to the center. Congratulations to Jake and Yu for being selected as ambassadors of goodwill from Hawaii to Japan through EPIC, the UH Manoa Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and JASH.

Ehime Maru Memorial Visit by EPIC-bound Interns

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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.

Japan’s Defense Minister Visits Ehime Maru Memorial

Japan’s Defense Minister Onodera greets volunteers who clean the memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park

Japan’s Minister of Defense Honorable Itsunori Onodera visited the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu on July 1st. Minister Onodera was in Hawaii for discussions with the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command. Read More

JASH Chair and President Visit Japan to Promote Existing Ties

JASH "delegation" to Nagaoka Fireworks Festival, with members of Nagaoka Festival Committee at the welcome party

JASH “delegation” to Nagaoka Fireworks Festival, with members of Nagaoka Festival Committee at the welcome party

In August, JASH Chair Sharon Weiner and JASH President Ed Hawkins visited both Nagaoka City in Niigata Prefecture and Uwajima City and Matsuyama City in Ehime Prefecture to promote sister city and sister state ties between Hawaii and Japan. The visits were in keeping with JASH’s mission of promoting understanding and friendship between the peoples of U.S. and Japan through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii. The visit to Nagaoka City was at the invitation of its Committee for Developing a Bridge of Friendship between Japan and USA to view its world-famous fireworks festival, and the excursion to Ehime was at the invitation of Uwajima City to attend its first Hawaiian Festival. This trip was supported by Ms. Weiner and DFS Hawaii. Read More