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

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. Read More

Japan’s Prime Minister Noda visits Ehime Maru Memorial

JASH and EMMA President Ed Hawkins greets PM Noda on arrival at Kakaako

On November 12th, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihiko Noda visited the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park. PM Noda was in Hawaii for the APEC Leaders’ Meeting and took the opportunity to visit the Memorial. On hand were volunteers from local Kenjinkai who clean the memorial, including Fukuoka, Fukushima, Kumamoto, Yamaguchi, and Okinawa. Read More

Tenth Anniversary of Ehime Maru Accident Remembered

Bereaved family members offer lei at the memorial

Bereaved family members offer lei at the memorial

On February 9, 2011, over 200 people gathered at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park in Honolulu to mark the tenth anniversary of the tragic accident in 2001 that resulted in the loss of nine crewmembers, including four students, aboard the Uwajima Fishery High School training ship Ehime Maru. Read More