|JAA Japan Disaster Relief
The Mitsui Road Runners (MRR) participated in the 2015 New York Marathon, and JAA received a matching fund of $2,750.00. Under its matching program, the Mitsui USA Foundation makes a $25 donation per runner, per race to support JAA's Japan Disaster Relief Fund. Mitsui USA New York will continue "Running for the Children of Tohoku" in 2016 and beyond. With hope that other companies will consider this initiative. JAA appreciates Mitsui's volunteer runners program.
Five Students from Tohoku visited JAA
JAA supported the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese and invited 5 high schoolers from Tohoku to New York. Five students and Nobuko Uchida, Professor Emeritus of Ochanomizu University, visited JAA on March 17th and spoke about their experiences and their future plans.
Ms. Uchida gave a lecture regarding the psychological issues of surviving a disaster.
A longtime member and vice president of JAA, Suki Terada Ports received the "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays" from the Japanese Government. The ceremony was held on February 5th, 2016, at the Ambassador's Residence in Manhattan, NY. To a standing room only audience, Ambassador Takahashi, Manhattan Borough President Hon. Gale A. Brewer, Dr. John J. Chin, Ms. Susan Onuma, and former NYC Mayor Hon. David Dinkins all spoke fondly about Suki. A native New Yorker, Ms. Ports has been a pioneering force in community-based activism for Japanese and Asian Americans for several decades. She has been active in JAA since the 1970s, motivated by her deep interest in cross-cultural exchanges and the well being of aging Japanese Americans. Suki has contributed greatly to the advancement of health services in the Asian American community. She established APICHA, which provides HIV tests, treatment, and prevention resources. Ms. Ports has been tireless in ensuring advancements in cultural understanding between the people of Japan and the U.S. and in improving the quality of life for Japanese and Japanese Americans in New York.
On January 22nd 2016, Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi hosted a Conferment Ceremony of the Foreign Minister's Commendation for Doctor Shunichi Homma. Dr. Homma was president of Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) from 2005 to 2008, and he created Japanese Medical Support Network in New York (JAMSNET) in 2006. Since then, many medical support groups in the area have worked to exchange information to improve support for health, social services, and education for local Japanese communities. Dr. Homma also established the Consortium for Japan Relief (CJR) with his colleagues at Columbia University after the Great East Japan Earthquake to provide support for the affected area through actively participating in symposiums with students, performing field investigations, and fundraising. The CJR has helped raise the standard of clinical education by conducting programs involving students from Fukushima Medical University, which has produced a number of leaders.
Dr. Homma came to New York at the age of 13 due to his father's work. He obtained his MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine after graduating from Dartmouth University. He is the Margaret Milliken Hatch Professor of Medicine, Deputy Chief of its Cardiology Division.
|JAA Annual General Meeting
We had our Annual General Meeting on January 27, 2016. The financial report was followed by the introduction of the Honorary Officers and Committee Chairpersons. All were approved. We also introduced our JAA officers for 2016 and new board of directors. The MC was Mr. Koji Sato. The Konshinkai followed the General Meeting. Opening greetings were given by Mr. Hayato Ishizuka from the Consulate General of Japan in New York and JAA President, Susan Onuma. After the dinner, JAA members and guests enjoyed a musical performance by JAA Music Award & Scholarship awardees Miho Saegusa on violin and Hitomi Fukuda on piano.
2016 Honorary Officers, Officers, Directors and Chairpersons
Honorary Advisor: Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi
Consulate General of Japan in New York
President of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York
President of the Nippon Club
Life Trustees: Robert K. Emy, Toshio Kiso, Noboru Sato
Honorary Directors: Michiko Ito Crampe, Yusuke Iwasaki,Kinichi Shibutani
Honorary President: Gary S. Moriwaki
President: Susan J. Onuma
|Volunteers at Food Bank of NYC on March 11
Report and Thank you letter from Japanese Consulate General in New York
Dear JAA Volunteer Team,
Thanks to your gifts of time and energy and kindness, we came together as a Japanese/Japanese American/consular community to make the fifth anniversary of March 11th a meaningful day of service to New Yorkers at Food Bank of NYC. Volunteer Chef Eric Takahashi made it possible for us to serve Japanese food there for the first time, to 275 people, a huge and complex undertaking, and everyone contributed in substantial ways. These all made the meals a wonderful way to connect with the West Harlem community, Food Bank staff and with each other. It was great volunteering with all of you and thank you for your valuable time and good spirits!
Japanese Consulate General in New York
|Spring Flea Market
Our Flea Market was held on Saturday April 2nd. Many people came in spite of the weather. Our net was $8,000. JAA deeply appreciates all the volunteers and kitchen crew.
|JAA Japanese Language Committee
Spring Workshop was held on March 12th. This year's theme was "Teaching Method that Pursues 'Inquiry' and Technology. " Three lectures were given: (1)"Bridging the Language Classroom Beyond for Future Citizens" by Miki Yagi, Harvard University, and Yumi Masui Reker, New York University; (2) "Interactive Blended Leaning with Global Competences of the Incident of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant" by Kazuo Tsuda, UNIS; and (3) "Rethinking Japanese Language Education Through Technology: How We Teach What to Whom" by Hisae Matsui, Princeton University.
|Grand Kabuki at Carnegie Hall
A memorable event was held on March 1th at Carnegie Hall. Ebizo Ichikawa XI of the Japanese Grand Japan Theater performed with other Kabuki actors and Noh and Kyogen performers. A sold-out audience of 2,804 were so impressed, they gave a standing ovation after the concluding act "Lion Dance: Kagami Jishi". JAA's Grand Japan Theater Committee (Mr. Gary Moriwaki, Ms. Hiroko Onoyama) was able to sell more than 500 tickets and helped to make this event a success.
Chanko Nabe Lunch
|2016 New Year Reception
at the Nippon Club
This annual event sponsored by the Consulate General and co-sponsored by JAA, the Nippon Club and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of NY was held on January 8 at the Nippon Club with more than 250 people in attendance. Greetings were given by Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Mr. Yasuyuki Sugiura of JCCI, Mr. Motomu Takahashi of Nippon Club and our President, Susan Onuma.
|The 25th Nippon Club's New Year Party for Seniors
This 25th annual "New Year Party for Seniors" was hosted by the Nippon Club on January 28. The tables were beautifully spread with traditional New Year's delicacies for the 80 senior guests. First, Mr. Motohiro Satoh, Executive Secretary of the Nippon Club, gave New Year greetings to all in attendance. Guests enjoyed the performance of the Nippon Club Women's Chorus and Kagura Performance. JAA President Ms. Susan Onuma gave a thank you speech and presented flowers to Mr. Satoh. The Nippon Club presented a special cake to celebrate Mr. Haruo Ito's 104th birthday. 30 packaged lunches were delivered to those seniors of JAA and JASSI who were unable to attend.
|The 46th JAA Scholarships
Since 1971, The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. has awarded scholarships to graduating high school students of Japanese descent living in the tri-state area of NY, NJ and CT who are applying to United States institutions of higher learning. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000. ANA may also award airline tickets to Japan to certain scholarship recipients this year. The Annual Scholarship Dinner will be held on June 9th, 2016, at the Harvard Club. Our keynote speaker will be Burgess Professor Emeritus Gerald Curtis of Columbia University. The application form is available on the JAA website and at the JAA office.
The deadline is May 13, 2016.
|Save the Date: June 9, 2016
Our 46th JAA Scholarship Dinner will be held at the Harvard Club (35 West 44th Street, New York City). Our keynote speaker is Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus\ of Columbia University.
|The 8th Sakura Health Fair
The 8th Sakura Health Fair will be held from April 8th to April 30th. There will be more than 50 events and workshops targeting from kids to seniors.
|The 31st Foreign Minister Cup
The tournaments will be start on May 1 with 17 teams. Please visit www.jaabaseball.blogspot.com
Affordable Care Act & Health Insurance Marketplace
Together with Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the seminars and individual consultations led by navigators Ms. Kumiko Seki and Ms. Takako Hara have been held regularly since last year. Topics of the workshops will be "Pregnant mothers can join health-care program anytime" on 4/20 and "How to use cleverly" on 4/27. The direct telephone line is (646) 892-7792. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|JAA Social Service Committee
February Kerokai on Feb. 11 and 25.
Classical guitarist Kazuki Ueki and Soprano Hirona Amamiya had a concert on Feb. 11. Mrs. Chizuko Korn arranged flowers of pink cherry trees. Mrs. Shizuko Kato and Ms. Hiroko Onogawa displayed JAA's traditional Ohinasama at JAA Hall on Feb. 25 for Hinamatsuri Keirokai.
March Keirokai on March 10 and 24
Mr. Shigetoshi Nakano sang American popular songs on March 10. Ms. Leona Chen and Ms. Betty Lehman from Isabella Geriatric Center talked about Isabella.
We celebrated the birthday for both months, and some received complimentary lunch coupons for the Nippon Club, which were donated by Special Happy Birthday Foundation. As always, participants enjoyed Japanese songs with Iwaki Band.
Our condolences and deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these members!
|Renewal of Membership for 2015
JAA membership renewal forms have been sent to you in January and 2nd request letter of renewal in April. We are organizing information of our members for emergency purposes and to upgrade our services. Kindly complete the renewal form if you have any changes; otherwise, please just return the form with your membership fee. Members' information will be kept confidential. If you haven't received your renewal form by now, please contact the JAA office.
We have been sending JAA News and information updates via email. It's much quicker and less costly than regular mail. If you would like to receive JAA Newsletter and other information by e-mail, please send your e-mail address to email@example.com
|2016 JAA Activities
Regular scheduled events & programs
笳鬼enior Luncheon: Twice a month 2nd & 4th Thursday
笳帰pple Kids (www.applekidsnyc.org) and
笳徽apanese Business Women's Committee (www.bwcjaa.org)
will have monthly events.
Free Consultation & Service
JAA provides free consultations by professionals for all the people in the community.
on the days of senior luncheon
by Helen Irie, Esq. and Reiko Takikawa, Esq.
on 4th Thursday of odd Months
by Reiko Kasano, Esq. on 2nd Thursday of even months
by Keiko Kato, Esq. Katsumi Miki, Esq. and Mami Terai, Esq.
on 3rd Thursday of every month
by Kumiko Seki and Takako Hara,
Japanese Navigators on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
by Joe Oshima, CPA
This volunteer service is donated by hairstylists Michi Tahara,
Shunsuke Takahashi, Shige Kosuda, Nori Sasaki and Toshi Kubota
on 2nd Monday each month.
Schedule in 2016
March 12 (Sat.) & 15 (Sun.): Japanese Language Spring Workshop
April 2 (Sat.): Spring Flea Market
April 8(Sat.)- April 30(Sat.): the 8th Sakura Health Fair
April 23 (Sat.): the 12th Sakura Matsuri @ Flushing Meadows Corona Park
April to August on Sunday mornings: the 31st JAA Foreign Minister's Cup Baseball Tournament
May 5 (Thurs.) to 14 (Sat.): the 21st Art Exhibition
May 8 (Sun.): Japan Day @ Central Park - JAA will host a Calligraphy booth
May 30 (Mon.): Memorial Day Services at Japanese Cemeteries at Mt Olivet Cemetery
June 9 (Thurs.) : 46th JAA Scholarship Dinner
Aug. 6 (Sat.): Summer Flea Market
September 9 (Sat.) – October 2 (Sun.): the 10th Senior Week
September 12 or 19 (Mon.): the 23rd Charity Golf Tournament at the Haworth C.C.
Oct. 22 (Sat.): Japanese Language Fall Workshop
Nov. 5 (Sat.): Annual Bazaar
Nov. 17 (Thurs.): Thanksgiving Day Keirokai
Dec. 2 (Fri.): the 109th JAA Gala Dinner
Dec. 8 (Thurs.): End of the Year Keirokai
Dec. 16 (Fri.): Holiday Party with Volunteers Thank You Party