Date: October 4, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
On October 4, 2023, Sasakawa USA held a Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) event at the residence of the Consul-General of Japan in Honolulu, Hawaii, in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, the Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu, the National Association of Japan-America Societies, and the Embassy of Japan in the United States.
The JUMP event featured keynote remarks by Admiral John Aquilino (USN), Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and Rear Admiral Takaaki Hayamizu (JMSDF), Defense and Naval Attaché at the Embassy of Japan. Other speakers included Rear Admiral Yasushige Konno (JMSDF), Commanding Officer of the Japan Training Squadron; Mr. Yoshinori Kodama, Consul-General of Japan in Honolulu; Dr. Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa USA; Mr. Andrew Wylegala, President of the National Association of Japan-America Societies; and Ms. Reyna Kaneko, President of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii
The JUMP Honolulu event featured keynote remarks on the growing strategic closeness of the U.S.-Japan alliance in recent years due to increasing alignment amid the emergence of new security challenges in the Taiwan Strait, Korean Peninsula, and waters around Japan. Speakers also reflected on the importance of Hawaii in U.S.-Japan relations and recognized the growing role of female servicemembers in both countries, including recognizing the large number of women from the Japan Training Squadron who attended the JUMP event.
Attendees of the JUMP Honolulu event included American flag officers and other servicemembers from various units based in Hawaii, as well as members of the Japan Training Squadron. The event was an opportunity for American servicemembers to network with each other and their Japanese colleagues and to hear from high-level military leaders in the alliance.
The Japan Training Squadron, in Hawaii on an annual training cruise for recent graduates of Japan’s National Defense Academy, joined JUMP Honolulu. The squadron consisted of the vessels JS Kashima and JS Hatakaze.
During the reception, crew members of the Japan Training Squadron provided a sushi bar and musical entertainment, including a Taiko drumming group, a band, and vocal performances.
JUMP is a collaborative effort between Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, the National Association of Japan-America Societies, and the Embassy of Japan in the United States.
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