Past Events

Connecting those who have served in Japan.

January 19, 2017 , 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

VADM Otsuka seminar: The Japan-U.S. alliance's cultural foundations (Yokosuka)

Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka will offer reflections on why the Japan-U.S. Alliance has been particularly successful despite the allies’ contrasting cultural and historical backgrounds. He argues that the Alliance’s enduring value is less a matter of responding to threats, but in more deeply rooted in creating opportunities to promote freedom and democracy.

The presentation will help American seminar participants gain a deeper understanding of Japan and will provide Japanese participants with a perspective that the Alliance is not at all the extension of occupation, but a “destined” partnership between “the most non-western western country and the most western non-western country.”

January 10, 2017 , 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Film screening: Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight (Yokosuka)

Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides, documents the stories of the more than 40,000 Japanese women who married American service members during the post-World War II occupation. JUMP is excited to have supported this film screening hosted by The Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS).

November 3, 2016 , 4:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Potential Flashpoints for the Northeast Asia Region: A JUMP panel discussion (Washington, D.C.)

JUMP, in collaboration with the Japan America Society Washington, D.C., and the National War College Alumni Association, was excited to host the second installment in our JUMP panel discussion series on November 3 at the National War College.

Please join us for “Potential Flashpoints for the Northeast Asia Region: Japan, China, the Korean Peninsula and U.S. Perspectives,” a panel discussion exploring the different actors in region. We will hear from distinguished experts on Japan, Korea, China, and the United States, and discuss the potential for conflicts between these nations and others in the region. The audience also will have the opportunity to weigh in with a Q&A after the panel.

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October 22, 2016 , 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Second annual JUMP event at National Aviation Museum (Pensacola)

In coordination with the Japan-America Society of Northwest Florida and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami, the Japan-US Military Program (JUMP) held its second annual event at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida on October 22, 2016.

The event began at 1 p.m. with a Japanese taiko drum performance in the Blue Angels Atrium. A reception followed on the flight deck of the USS Cabot until 4 p.m. Captain Mark A. Truluck, USN, the commanding officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command, delivered opening remarks, and keynote speakers included the Honorable Ken Okaniwa, Japan’s consul general in Miami, and Admiral Patrick Walsh, USN (retired), the President of Strategic Programs at Academic Partnerships LLC and Senior Fellow and Acting Director of the Tower Center Program in National Security & Defense at Southern Methodist University.

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September 30, 2016 , 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

JUMP social: Japanese sake and whiskey tasting (Washington, D.C.)

The Japan US Military Program (JUMP) hosted a Japanese sake & whiskey tasting and food pairing on Friday, September 30, 2016 at The Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square in Washington, D.C.

September 17, 2016 , 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Joint Base Lewis McChord and the JGSDF honor Nisei Veterans (Seattle)

Members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces came together in Seattle on September 17, 2016 for a Japan-US Military Program (JUMP) event to honor the Nisei Veterans—second-generation Japanese-Americans who served in the segregated 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), during World War II.

September 9, 2016 , 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

United States Marine Corps Japan Reunion (Quantico)

Marines who have been stationed in Japan will have the opportunity to reunite at an upcoming event hosted at Marine Corps Base Quantico. The event, hosted by the Defense Attaché office of the Embassy of Japan in the United States, will be held Friday, Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the MCB Quantico Officer’s Club, and will welcome guests with a reception, traditional Okinawan dance, and buffet-style dinner. Distinguished guests will share memories from their time serving in Japan, and the Japan-US Military Program (JUMP) also will give a brief presentation, informing all in attendance how the program allows veterans to continue to stay engaged with the U.S.-Japan alliance.

July 14, 2016 , 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

JUMP at National WWII Museum (New Orleans)

JUMP hosted a July 14 event in New Orleans at the National WWII Museum — the first ever JUMP event in The Big Easy. American service members who have served in Japan had the opportunity to continue strengthening the bond between both nations at the event. The social, emceed by Donna Fraiche, the Honorary Consul-General to Japan, was designed to celebrate America’s strong military partnership with Japan and keep service members engaged with that relationship.

June 14, 2016 , 6:45 pm

Second annual JUMP event at Petco Park (San Diego)

JUMP returned to San Diego’s Petco Park on June 14 for the second consecutive year. In cooperation with the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, the JUMP team invaded right field for a Padres vs. Marlins game. JUMP was excited to include American forces at this event as well as visiting Japanese forces from a three-ship training squadron with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces who were in San Diego for a port call.

April 16, 2016 , 10:30 am - 6:00 pm

JUMP booth at the Sakura Matsuri (Washington, D.C.)

On April 16, the JUMP (Japan-US Military Program) team took part in the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival in the Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S. Held the same day as the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s annual parade, this rain-or-shine event brings vibrant performances to four stages and welcomes more than 80 cultural groups, arts vendors, and food booths to the celebration. JUMP’s booth will be located in the Education section of the festival.

JUMP aims to connect past and present service members, families, and government civilians who have served in Japan. Through social networks and events, JUMP builds relationships and provides opportunities for service members to engage with each other. JUMP provides a powerful foundation for sustaining the solid alliance and relationship that exists between the U.S. and Japan.

We had great success at the festival! Click here to read a recap and see the photos.

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