Past Events

Connecting those who have served in Japan.

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.

March 24, 2016 , 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Service in Japan Alumni Reception (Los Angeles)

The Hon. Harry H. Horinouchi, Consul General of Japan, hosted a reception honoring U.S. Service Members who have been stationed in Japan — active, reserve, and veteran.

The event included an evening of exquisite, freshly prepared Japanese cuisine, superb sakes and other refreshments, an entertaining cultural program, and networking and camaraderie with colleagues from both the U.S. and Japan. Those in attendance had the opportunity to share experiences of time in Japan while being thanked for contributions in support of the U.S.-Japan relationship and alliance.

March 24, 2016 , 5:00 pm

JUMP networking social at Sine' Irish Pub (Arlington)

On March 24, the JUMP team hosted a networking social at Sine’ Irish Pub on Pentagon Row in Arlington, Virginia. It was an informal night of fun networking and socializing with others who have served in Japan!

March 3, 2016 , 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

First Annual JUMP Dinner at the Army and Navy Club (Washington, D.C.)

On March 3, 2016 JUMP (the Japan-U.S. Military Program) in collaboration with Sasakawa USA hosted its first annual JUMP dinner at The Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square.

The theme for the dinner was the future of the U.S.-Japan Alliance, featuring speakers General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Admiral Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence and Commander of Pacific Command.

March 3, 2016 , 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Japan and U.S. military band joint appreciation mini-concert (Washington, D.C.)

The Defense Attaché office at the Embassy of Japan is pleased to present a Japan & U.S. military Band Joint Appreciation Mini Concert for Operation TOMODACHI in commemoration of the Fifth Anniversary of the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake, and the First Anniversary of the Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP).

Seven musicians from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force Central Band and six musicians from the 257th Army Band, Washington, D.C. Army National Guard performed together in appreciation of all those who supported the TOMODACHI operation during the earthquake and tsunami disaster 5 years ago. This event also symbolized the close relationship between Japan and the U.S. both in the past and looking toward the future.

February 26, 2016 , 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Japan Festival at Marine Corps Base Quantico (Virginia)

Japanese culture and fun were shared with all at the family-friendly Japan Festival on February 26, 2016 at Ellis Hall on Marine Corps Base Quantico (map).

The event included a ninja skit, Okinawan classical dance demonstration, a play featuring traditional Japanese music, Japanese food, traditional games and toys for children, and more. Teams from both the JUMP Program and the Embassy of Japan also attended.

February 16, 2016 , All Day

Reception in honor of service members and their families who have been stationed in Japan (Tampa)

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.

January 14, 2016 , 8:00 am - 10:00 am

U.S. Bases in Okinawa: What Must Be Done, and Quickly (Washington, D.C.)

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 JUMP Director James Kendall, with a roll-out breakfast.

November 19, 2015 , 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

JUMP on Board the USS Iowa (Los Angeles)

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.

View details and a photo gallery here.

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