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Apr 16, 2016
On April 16, the JUMP (Japan-US Military Program) team drew in kids and adults alike with the traditional Japanese festival game of “kingyo sukui” — goldfish scooping — at the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival in Washington, D.C.
The festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S. — and the JUMP team, representing the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance, was part of this year’s celebrations. Each year, the event includes vibrant performances, martial arts demonstrations, music, cultural groups, arts vendors, and plenty of food. JUMP’s booth was located in the Education section of the festival, aiming to connect past and present service members, families, and government civilians who have served in Japan.
Mar 24, 2016
On March 24, the JUMP team hosted a networking social at Sine’ Irish Pub on Pentagon Row in Arlington, Virginia (map). It was an informal night of fun networking and socializing with others who have served in Japan!
The free event included an open bar and heavy hor d’oeuvres, and was open to all JUMP members. We hope to host another similar event within a few months. Join the JUMP network today to keep informed about all our events!
Mar 03, 2016
The first annual JUMP dinner, held March 3, 2016, brought together about 100 people who have served in Japan for a night of celebrating the U.S.-Japan alliance and the role of service members in strengthening the bond shared by our two countries.
The event featured keynote speaker General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sasakawa USA CEO and Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence and Commander of Pacific Command.
Feb 16, 2016
On February 16, 2016, the Consul General of Japan in Miami, Mr. Ken Okaniwa, hosted a reception at Port Tampa Bay in honor of members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses who have been stationed at American bases in Japan. The event included a presentation on the current state of the U.S.-Japan alliance and networking between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Japanese community in the Tampa Bay area.
Jan 14, 2016
On January 14, 2016, Sasakawa USA (a sister organization to JUMP) celebrated the release of “U.S. Bases in Okinawa: What Must Be Done, and Quickly,” a new report co-authored by Sasakawa USA Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair and Fellow James Kendall, with a roll-out breakfast featuring the co-authors as well as Lieutenant General Wallace “Chip” Gregson, who wrote the introduction to the report.
Nov 17, 2015
More than 120 potential “goodwill ambassadors” for Japanese relations in the United States attended a standing-room only JUMP panel and reception November 17 sponsored by Sasakawa USA and the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C.
JUMP (The Japan-U.S. Military Program) seeks to connect and bring together service members, families and government civilians who have served in Japan. This event, held at the National War College in Washington, D.C., went a step further by also drawing in those who have yet to serve in Japan.
Nov 19, 2015
The USS Iowa gained a a new crew of past and present United States and Japanese service members on November 19 when JUMP held its inaugural Los Angeles event aboard the retired battleship museum.
The JUMP (Japan-U.S. Military Program) event, hosted by the Japan America Society of Southern California with support from Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles, brought together those with the shared experience of having served in Japan for a social night of building new relationships.
Oct 08, 2015
On October 8, JUMP representatives attended an award ceremony for William LaRou, 82, who began training paratroopers in what is now called the Ground Self-Defense Force.
- We are currently working on adding more events across the country. Please check back soon for details