JAA Building’s Lobby Renovation

The lobby will be closed starting April 17. Tenants, guests and deliveries will use the side entrance and freight elevator. The passenger elevator will stop on the mezzanine level with access one flight down to freight entrance. Freight elevator operates Monday to Friday, 7am-9pm, Weekends 9am-4pm. The renovation will take approximately 12 weeks .
Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

JAA Japan Disaster Relief Fund
Six Students from Tohoku and Kumamoto visited JAA

JAA supported the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECT) in bringing 6 high school students from Tohoku and Kumamoto to New York. They visited JAA on March 16th with Mr. Kazuo Tsuda, President of NECT. They spoke about their experiences and their future plans.

JAA Kyushu (Kumamoto · Oita)
Earthquake Relief Fund

A huge earthquake in Kumamoto-Oita occurred on April 14th, 2016. More than 130 people perished from the destruction. More than 1,000 people were seriously injured and 180,000 were forced to evacuate.
On March 13th this year, Ms. Noda Michiyo, JAA Executive Director, visited Kumamoto and received a report of the use of $30,000 donated through JAA Kyushu Earthquake Relief Fund. She also heard from the community on the recovery projects in the disaster area. Donations from JAA were distributed as subsidies to support children and disabled people in disaster areas, countermeasures against withdrawal of the elderly, and children’s psychological care groups. Mashiki-town where the affected homes were removed became a conspicuous flat land. Victims are living in 4,303 temporary homes. It’s likely necessary to support the elderly in temporary housing long into the future.

Japanese American Incarceration during
World War II: Could This Happen Again?

This year marks the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 issued on February 19, 1942. Mr. Sam Mihara and Ms. Madeleine Sugimoto discussed their experiences in the concentration camps. Mr. Mihara is a famous lecturer of Japanese culture and history. He was 9 years old when World War II began, and he and his family were forcibly evacuated to Wyoming’s Heart Mountain. After the war he returned to San Francisco and worked as a Boeing aerospace engineer. He is speaking extensively with historical papers and photographs.

Ms. Madeleine Sugimoto, daughter of famous Nikkei artist, Henry Sugimoto, spoke about her camp experience. She and her family were forced to move to the camp at Jerome in Arkansas. After the war, Madeleine and her family moved to New York City, where she was active as a nurse educator at the Cornell Medical Center for many years. In addition to sharing her story, she talked about some of her father’s art created in the camp.

With the anti-immigration order led recently by the Trump regime, it was a timely and important discussion of the experiences of Japanese Americans.

2017 New Year Reception
at the Nippon Club

This annual event sponsored by the Consulate General and co-sponsored by JAA, the Nippon Club and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of NY was held on January 13th at the Nippon Club with more than 250 people in attendance. Greetings were given by Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Mr. Yasushi Takahashi of JCCI, Mr. Tomokazu Nambu of Nippon Club and our President, Susan Onuma.

(l to r ) Mr. Sato and Ms. Onuma

The 26th Nippon Club’s
New Year Party for Seniors

This 26th annual "New Year Party for Seniors" was hosted by the Nippon Club and supported by Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in NY on January 26.
The tables were beautifully spread with traditional New Year’s delicacies for Mr. Haruo Ito (105th years old) and the 80 senior guests. Mr. Motohiro Satoh, Executive Secretary of the Nippon Club, gave New Year greetings to all in attendance. Guests enjoyed the performance of the Nippon Club Women’s Chorus and Ukulele music and talk by New York ?.
JAA President Ms. Susan Onuma gave a thank you speech and presented flowers to Mr. Satoh. 25 packaged lunches were delivered to those JAA and JASSI seniors who were unable to attend.

(l to r )Ms. Takagi and Ms. Motomi

JAA Annual General Meeting And
New Year’s Party

Our Annual General Meeting was held on January 25, 2017. The financial report was followed by the introduction of the Honorary Officers and Committee Chairpersons. JAA officers for 2017 were introduced and along with our new board member, Nozomi Terao. The New Year’s Party followed the General Meeting. Opening greetings were given by Consul Hayato Ishizuka from the Consulate General of Japan in New York and JAA President Susan Onuma. The program was MC’d by Julie Azuma After dinner, JAA members and guests enjoyed a great musical performance by Soprano Ms. Motomi Tanaka and Ms. Mari Takagi on piano.

2017 Honorary Officers, Officers, Directors and Chairpersons

Honorary Officers
Honorary Advisor:Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi
Consulate General of Japan in New York
Honorary Members:
Yasushi Takahashi – President of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York
Tomokazu Nambu – President of the Nippon Club as of 1/25/2017
Life Trustees:Robert K. Emy, M.D., Toshio Kiso, Noboru Sato
Honorary Directors: Michiko Ito Crampe, Kiyoshi Egawa, Tetsuya Fujita, Yusuke Iwasaki,
Cobi Nobuko Narita, Kinichi Shibutani, M.D., Aileen Yamaguchi
Honorary President:Gary S. Moriwaki

President: Susan J. Onuma
Vice Presidents: Yuzuru Anzai, M.D., Julie Azuma, David Hiromura, Shunichi Homma, M.D., Keiko Ishida,
Riki Ito, Makoto Iwahara, M.D., Tsuneko Mitsunaka, Satoru Murase, Hiroko Onoyama, Joe Oshima,
Seiko Oshima, Suki Terada Ports, Kamal Ramani, M.D., Koji Sato, Katsuo Takeda
Secretary: Koji Sato
Assistant Secretary: Julie Azuma
Treasurer: Joe Oshima

Directors:Yuzuru Anzai, M.D. Julie Azuma, Tak Furumoto, Susan Hamaker, Kumiko Hasegawa,
David Hiromura, George Hirose, Shunichi Homma, M.D., Keiko Ishida, Hayato Ishizuka, Riki Ito,

Makoto Iwahara, M.D., Yuri Kaneshige, Shuji Kato, Nobuko Kodama, Emiko A. Lindsay, Kuni Mikami,
Tsuneko Mitsunaka, Gary S. Moriwaki, Satoru Murase, Michiyo Noda, Robert Norton, Toru Okamoto,
Hiroko Onoyama, Susan J. Onuma, Joe Oshima, Seiko Oshima, Suki Terada Ports, Kamal Ramani, M.D.,

Yoko Sasaki, Koji Sat , Matsuko Shibuya, Masaki Shimomura, Toshiteru Tada, Michi Tahara,
Katsuo Takeda, Nozomi Terao*, Shuji Bon Yagi, Robert Yanagisawa M.D.
39 directors / *New Director

Standing Committees
Planning & Finance:
David Hiromura, Katsuo Takeda
Membership-Corporate: Satoru Murase
Membership-Individual: Julie Azuma
Communications (JAA News, Brochure & Web): Julie Azuma, Susan Hamaker, Michiyo Noda
Archives: Julie Azuma, Michiyo Noda
Social Service: Riki Ito, Seiko Oshima, Suki Terada Ports, Yoko Sasaki
Scholarship: Julie Azuma, Koji Sato
House/Relocation: Gary S. Moriwaki
Legal: Koji Sato
Special Committees
External Affairs: Shunichi Homma, Suki T. Ports, Katsuo Takeda
Audit: Kumiko Hasegawa, Masaki Shimomura
Honjo Scholarship: Gary S. Moriwaki
Music: Hiroko Onoyama, Joe Oshima, Matsuko Shibuya, Kuni Mikami
Art Exhibition: JAA Office
Sports & Baseball Tournament: Shuji Kato, Kamal Ramani
Memorial Day Service: Katsuo Takeda
Japanese Language: Nobuko Kodama
Charity Golf: David Hiromura, Michi Tahara
Bazaar/Flea Market: JAA Office
Sakura Matsuri at Flushing Meadows Corona Park: Susan Hamaker
Committee on Aging Issues: Susan Onuma, Michiyo Noda
Business Women’s Committee: Keiko Ishida, Tsuneko Mitsunaka
Apple Kids: Hiroyuki Takenaga
Young Professional Committee: Yuki Kaneshige
Special Events
?110th JAA Gala Dinner 2017: Hiroko Onoyama, Gary S. Moriwaki
?Japanese Heritage Night: George Hirose, Susan Hamaker
?Holiday Party honoring JAA Volunteers : Tsuneko Mitsunaka, Kuni Mikami
Executive Director:
Michiyo Noda
Staffs: Naomi Miyakita, Kuni Mikami, Hiroyuki Takenaga

The 47th JAA Scholarships

Since 1971, The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. has awarded scholarships to graduating high school students of Japanese descent living in the tri-states area applying to colleges within the United States Among the past recipients are JAA President Susan Onuma and renowned violinist Ryu Goto. The Annual Scholarship Dinner will be held on June 6th, 2017 at the Harvard Club. Our keynote speaker will be Ms. Diane Paulus, the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University. The application form is available on the JAA website
www.jaany.org/general_scholarship.html and at the JAA office.
The deadline is May 12, 2017.

Spring Flea Market


Our Flea Market was held on Saturday April 1st. Many people came in spite of the weather, and we raised $8,000. JAA deeply appreciates the hard work of all the volunteers and kitchen crew.

Renewal of Membership for 2017

JAA membership renewal forms were sent in January. We are organizing information of our members for emergency purposes and to upgrade our services. Kindly complete the renewal form if you have any changes; otherwise, please just return the form with your membership fee. Members’ information will be kept confidential. If you haven’t received your renewal form by now, please contact the JAA office at (212)840-6942.
We have been sending JAA News and information updates via email. It’s much quicker and less costly than regular mail. If you would like to receive JAA Newsletter and other information by e-mail, please send your e-mail address to info@jaany.org

JAA Apple Kids

Apple Kids is a play group composed of families raising children in the New York area to enhance community experience with parents, expand their circle of friends, and cherish time with small children. We aim to grow together as a family. Once a month, there is Rhythmic Class led by Ms. Masako Inoue. Occasionally we will have lecture meetings on health, childcare and education. 200 books of Apple Kids Library at JAA are available to borrow.

NY State Health Insurance / Support
The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) and JAA are regularly holding workshops with free consultation by Kumiko Seki and Takako Hara for students, children, and pregnant women who have been unemployed and are applying for NY state medical insurance. If you have any questions, please call JAA 646-892-7792 or E-mail: navigator2@cacf.org?navigator@cacf.org

JAA Social Service Committee

February Kerokai on Feb. 9 and 23.
Despite the heavy snowing on Feb.9th, 30 people attended and enjoyed lunch.
Hinamatsuri Keirokai was held on Feb. 23. Mrs. Chizuko Korn arranged beautiful flowers, and Mrs. Shizuko Kato, Ms. Shoko Noguchi, Ms. Hiroko Onogawa and Ms. Akemi Tomizawa displayed JAA’s traditional Ohinasama Dolls at JAA Hall. After the lunch, the DVD "100 Japanese Castles" which was donated by Mrs. Akie Abe, the wife of the Japanese Prime Minister, was viewed. 115 people were attended.

Happy birthday for January

Happy birthday for February

Ms. Aono

March Keirokai on March 9 and 23
87 seniors enjoyed the lunch on March 9. 101 seniors attended on March 23. As always, participants enjoyed Japanese songs with Iwaki Band with K. Iwaki (violin), Kuni Mikami (piano), Michiko Oguri (ukulele, vocal), Koji Ichida (percussion), Dai Miyazaki (percussion), and the singers Kazuharu Aono, Kunio Iizuka, Bo Kato, Reiko Ohsumi, Ken Sato, Akira Suzuki and Yasushi Suzuki.

Happy birthday for March

English "Rakugo"

2017 JAA Activities

Regular scheduled events & programs
·Senior Luncheon: Twice a month 2nd & 4th Thursday
·Apple Kids
·Japanese Business Women’s Committee (www.bwcjaa.org) will have monthly events.

Free Consultation
JAA provides free consultations by professionals for all the people in the community.
·Free Consultation on Health and Social Welfare
on the days of senior luncheon
·Free Legal Consultation on Wills and other topics
by Helen Irie, Esq. and Reiko Takikawa, Esq.
on 4th Thursday of odd Months
·Free Legal Consultation (excluding Immigration law)
by Reiko Kasano, Esq. on 2nd Thursday of even months
·Free Legal Consultation on Immigration Law
by Keiko Kato, Esq., Katsumi Miki, Esq., and Mami Terai, Esq.
on 3rd Thursday of every month
·Free Consultation on Affordable Care Act /Obama Care
by Japanese Navigators – Kumiko Seki and Takako
Hara on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
·Free Consultation on Tax (in February)
by Joe Oshima, CPA

Free Hair Cut Service for senior
This volunteer service is donated by hairstylists Michi Tahara, Shunsuke Takahashi, Shige Kosuda, Nori Sasaki, Toshi Kubota and Tomomi Iwata on 2nd Monday each month.

Schedule in 2017
April 1 (Sat.): Spring Flea Market
April 8 (Sat.) -April 29 (Sat.): the 9th Sakura Health Fair
April 15 (Sat.): the 13th Sakura Matsuri @ Flushing Meadows Corona Park
April 29 (Sat.): Japanese Language Spring Workshop
April 30th to August on Sunday mornings: the 32nd JAA Foreign Minister’s Cup Baseball Tournament
May 4 (Thurs.) to 13 (Sat.): the 22nd Art Exhibition
May 14 (Sun.) :Japan Day @ Central Park – JAA will host a Calligraphy booth
May 29 (Mon.): Memorial Day Services at Japanese Cemeteries at Mt Olivet Cemetery
June 6 (Tue.): the 47th JAA Scholarship Dinner
August 5 (Sat.): Summer Flea Market
September 9 (Sat.) – October 1 (Sun.): Autumn Health Fair
(we changed name from Senior Week)
October 2 (Mon.): the 24th Charity Golf Tournament at the Haworth C.C.
Oct. 21 (Sat.): Japanese Language Fall Workshop
Nov. 4 (Sat.): Annual Bazaar
Date TBA: the 110th JAA Gala Dinner
December 14 (Thurs.): End of the Year Keirokai
December 15 (Fri.): Holiday Party and Volunteers Thank You Party


  • Mr. Chris B. Amundsen, husband of JAA President Ms. Susan J. Onuma, unexpectedly passed away on December 20, 2016. He was 64 years old. His memorial service was held on January 14, 2017 at JAA Hall with 140 guests including Amb. and Mrs. Reiichiro Takahashi and Mr. George Takei. He is survived by his wife, Ms. Onuma; twin sister, Ms. Susan Amundsen (Seattle); and brother, Mr. Craig Amundsen (Chicago). A graduate of Grinnell College (Economics) and the University of Pennsylvania (Masters in Public Policy and Energy Management), Chris was an economist by profession for the semi-conductor industry, a jazz lover and a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. Condolence gifts were donated to JAA in his memory.

  • Former member of JAA’s board of directors, Mr. Tadao Fujimatsu passed away on January 26th in Vancouver.
    He was 81 years old. He joined JAA in 1989 and served as a JAA director from 1989 until 2009. He was an advisor to the Sakura festival and art exhibition. He moved to Vancouver after his retirement.
    In 1992, when then the JAA president Mr. Shigeru Inagaki donated 10,000 Somei Yoshino Cherry tree seeds to NY City, he arranged to receive the seeds from the Japanese cherry blossom organization. These cherry seeds grew and now flowers are blooming every year at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. He was Director of Public Relations Division in the Americas of JAL, and served as Chairman of JAL International Services. Memorial service will be held at the Shimbashi restaurant on April 28th.
  • Yoshiko Takahashi passed away on January 5th at the age of 82.
  • Michiko Sato passed away on March 4th at the Jewish Home in the New York City at the age of 87.

  • March 11’s Volunteers

    For our annual March 11th day of service, JAA volunteers came out on a bitterly cold morning to Father’s Heart Ministries in the East Village. Because of those who volunteered to freeze outside assisting the long queue of guests, or cooked hundreds of eggs, hefted trays of food and enormous trash bags, we were able to serve 500 people who had been in need of hot meals and company.

    Coming together as a community with special ties to Japan, in remembrance of 3.11 in Tohoku, we were very fortunate to have enthusiastic volunteers from Mitsui, Mitsubishi and MUFG join our volunteer team from the Consulate and JAA, plus several Japan-related organizations that included USJC, JAJA, JASSI, Japan Foundation and Japan Society.

    Thank you to all the JAA volunteers for your kind, energetic contributions to this volunteering effort on March 11th.

    With warm appreciation,
    Yuki Kaneshige
    Tomofumi Horiki
    Consulate General of Japan in New York

    Special thanks to:
    Hikaru Aono, Rie Hattori, David Hiromura, Kyoko Hunter, Keiko Masubuchi, Ryoko Mochizuki and her daughter, Myra, Mari Morimoto, Gary Moriwaki, Keiko Nakanishi, Shoko Noguchi, Yoko Otani, Suki Ports, Hiroko Shimizu, Masako Shirokawa, Tracy Austin of Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) and especially Janet Garland of the Mitsui USA Foundation for her incredible guidance on coordinating volunteer efforts.