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  • 8 Nov 2019 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    Toyota Boshoku Aki USA in Athens, AL is seeking a bilingual (English / Japanese) HR representative to assist with recruiting. Reach out to Stan Brewer for more information.

    Human Resources Manager
    Toyota Boshoku Aki USA; LLC
    300 West Sandefer Road
    Athens, AL 35611

  • 8 Nov 2019 10:05 AM | Anonymous

    Please find a message below from Halleh Hashtpari, 


    My name is Halleh Hashtpari, and I am a counseling psychology doctoral student at the University of Utah. I would like to invite you to participate in an online study examining how participants experience their ethnic identity within the context of other identity statuses (i.e., gender identity, religious identity, sexual identity) at different times throughout the day, over the course of a week. This study has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval through the University of Utah (IRB_00099876).

    This study is open to anyone who identifies as Asian or Asian American.

    Your participation will involve completing a short survey that takes approximately 5 minutes to complete once a day over the course of a week. Questions will be asked about how you are experiencing your different identity statuses in that moment, and how you may be feeling emotionally and physically over the course of each day. If you would like to participate in the study, please send me an email (halleh.hashtpari@utah.edu).

    Your participation is completely voluntary, and responses will be anonymous and confidential.

    If you have any questions, please email me at halleh.hashtpari@utah.edu, or my research supervisor, Dr. Karen Tao, at k.tao@utah.edu.

    If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant, or concerns you do not feel you can discuss with the investigator, you can contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The University of Utah IRB may be reached by phone at (801) 581-3655 or by e-mail at irb@hsc.utah.edu

    Please sign up at the link below if you are interested in participating.


    Thank you for your time and consideration!


    Halleh Hashtpari, M.S.

    University of Utah

  • 18 Oct 2019 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    Our hearts go out to those affected by Typhoon Hagibis.

    If you would like to support relief efforts, our colleagues
    at the Japan-America Society of Iowa the Japan Society have opened relief funds. Visit the websites below to donate:

    -Chie Schiller writes that Japan America Society of Iowa has a fund : https://www.japaniowa.org/

    -Motoatsu Sakurai writes that Japan Society, Inc. has opened a fund : https://jscommunity.japansociety.org/pages/japan-relief-fund?_ga=2.248872448.661770023.1571150626-1367775772.1395064087

    "Tokyo — Less than a week after being hit by the worst typhoon in decades, Japan was bracing on Thursday for a secondary disaster. Heavy rain was forecast to hit already-inundated areas in the coming days. Officials said additional precipitation could destabilize storm walls along swollen rivers and trigger more landslides, with recovery efforts barely underway and a full picture of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Hagibis just starting to emerge.

    The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said more than 56,000 acres across eastern and northeastern parts of Japan's main island of Honshu were flooded by the super typhoon. More than 100 river embankments collapsed during and immediately after the storm struck last weekend, causing 33,000 homes to flood. Almost 2,000 houses were partially or totally destroyed.

    More than 77 deaths have been blamed on the storm, and hopes were fading fast that any of the approximately 10 people still listed as missing would be found alive. Thousands remained in shelters on Thursday, often shivering through the night as temperatures drop." - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/typhoon-in-japan-death-toll-nears-80-as-more-rain-forecast-to-test-tokyo-flood-defenses-today-2019-10-17/

  • 21 Sep 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Have you or a family member been stationed in Japan while in the U.S. Military?  If so, check out JUMP: the Japan U.S. Military Program.

    This year's JUMP event is hosted by our neighbors at the Japan America Society of Northwest Florida . The event will be at the Pensacola National Naval Aviation Museum  on Saturday, September 21st, 1p.m. till 4 p.m. 

    JUMP's mission is to connect past and present service members, their families, and government civilians who have served in Japan.  JUMP builds relationships and provides opportunities for service members to engage with each other and form bonds that transcend cultural barriers.  JUMP provides a powerful foundation for sustaining the solid alliance and relationship that exists between the U.S. and Japan.

    If you are in the Southern Alabama area, this would be a great opportunity!

    For more information,  please visit https://www.jumprogram.org/

    Questions? email at jasnwfl.org or call at 850-602-7049

  • 14 Aug 2019 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    We are a student club at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, studying the Japanese martial art of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. Our faculty sponsor is Dr. Jeffrey Walker, PhD. Dr. Walker is a Shihan (Master Teacher) in the Bujinkan, and is ranked at 15th Dan. He is the chief instructor for the group.

    Shane Layton is a Criminal Justice major at UAB. He has been training in the Bujinkan since 1985, and is a Shidoshi (Teacher), holding the rank of 7th Dan. Shane is the assistant instructor for the group.

    Classes are currently held at the mini park on Saturday mornings from 9-11 am. Classes are open to all UAB students. There is no fee for UAB students.

    The Bujinkan system consists on 9 martial arts lineages:

     Togakure-ryū Ninpō 戸隠流忍法

     Gyokko ryū Kosshi jutsu 玉虎流骨指術

     Kuki Shinden Happō Bikenjutsu 九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術

     Koto Ryū Koppō jutsu 虎倒流骨法術

     Shinden Fudo Ryū Dakentai jutsu 神伝不動流打拳体術

     Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtai jutsu 高木揚心流柔体術

     Gikan Ryū Koppō jutsu 義鑑流骨法術

     Gyokushin-ryū Ryū Ninpō 玉心流忍法

     Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō 雲隠流忍法

    For more information contact Shane at dlayton1@uab.edu.

  • 30 Jul 2019 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    South Alabama residents: don't miss this once-a-year opportunity in Pensacola! 

    Press Release:

    13th ANNUAL 2019 BONFEST

    Saturday, September 7, 2019

    Noon – 4 p.m. at


    6000 College Pkwy Pensacola, FL 32504

    Taiko Drummers from EPCOT will be performing at the event! Enjoy Authentic Japanese Food, Dancing, Fun & Activities for ALL AGES !


    Thanks for your community support!

  • 18 Jun 2019 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    HOST FAMILIES NEEDED.  Have you ever wanted to host an international student for a semester?  Youth for Understanding, one of the oldest and most respected nonprofit foreign exchange organizations in the nation, needs your help!  YFU is looking for families to host a high school aged exchange student for the academic school year (August to June) or for just a semester.

    Host families are responsible for provide basic meals and a place to sleep. The students will have their own insurance and spending money. Please consider making a student’s dream a reality while also learning about another culture. If interested, please contact Kylie at kneidich@yfu.org and “apply” online at www.yfuusa.org!



  • 6 Jun 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Sakura Radio is an Internet Radio community that offers a wide range of programs such as health recipes for families, childcare consultations, health hours, legal advice for business and business discourses, live entertainment, culture, celebrity interviews, and  immediate broadcasts in the case of an emergency.

    Check out their website to find out more!


    Take a peak at the schedule to listen to the talk show, LIVE news or local program.


  • 6 Jun 2019 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    Japan-America Society of North West Florida is hosting the Gulf Coast Appraise-A-Thon.

    Get 3 items apprised for just $10.
    Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    Garth's Antiques, 3930 W. Navy Blvd.

    Appraisal proceeds will help fund local middle school student exchanges with Pensacola's Japanese sister city, Gero.

    For more info, please email info@jasnwfl.org

  • 30 May 2019 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    Are you bilingual? Do you have a desire to help those in your community who are in crisis? Consider becoming an interpreter!

    Who should attend:  Fully fluent bilingual individuals in Alabama who have a desire to help crisis victims in 

    their community. This training is designed to teach professional interpreting -- and prepare participants for working 

    with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other violence. 

    Participants also learn interpreting procedures for common settings (Immigration, Counseling, etc.) and cultural

    competencies (LGBTQ, Disabilities, etc.).  

    Course requirements:  Total of 42 hours training through a combination of online sessions, full-day in-person 

    workshop, practicum and final interview.

    Benefits:  Complete this training to become eligible to contract with AshaKiran for paid assignments — in cities 

    throughout Alabama. And, use your valuable language skills to make a difference in your cultural community!

    Trainers:  Our lead trainer, Carola E. Green, has 20+ years experience in professional interpreting as well as teaching 

    and training interpreters. She is co-author of several national publications about interpreting in the legal 

    and medical fields including the innovative curriculum “Breaking Silence: Interpreting for Victim Services.”

    Other trainers include AshaKiran staff and subject matter experts who have experience working with

    victims and/or victim service providers. 

    Seating is limited, so apply early! Deadline to apply is July 2.  

    Application fee is $25. There is no additional cost for this training, however we 

    request 10 volunteer hours for AshaKiran and/or our partners. 

    Application and Course Schedule:   2019 Interpreter Training

    Information:  LADV@ashakiranonline.org     (256) 509-1882 or (800) 793-3010   


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