UHAA-EWCA Kansai Sake Brewery Walking Tour: November 13, 2011

If you are planning to be in the Kansai area, EWCA Kansai Chapter Leader, Seiko Furuhashi (ICC 82-84 and 89, Assoc 2010), invites you to….

Come out and learn about how Sake is made!

We will have a day tour to the Kinshi Masamune Sake Brewery and the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum in Fushimi on November 13, 2011 (Sunday).

We will meet at 12:00 noon at the Tambabashi Station (Keihan and Kintetsu Lines) and then walk to the Kinshi Masamune Brewery to see the inside of the brewery and the brewing process (this tour will include a little Sake tasting).  After touring the brewery, we will walk to the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum to learn about the history of Sake making in the Fushimi area. After viewing the museum, and a little more Sake tasting, members will be free to shop at the many breweries in the neighborhood. Finally, for those who have the time, we plan to end the day with dinner at a local restaurant in the area.

For more information, please contact Seiko Furuhashi at seiko@ogu.ac.jp by Oct .22.


関西UHAA-EWCA 合同酒蔵見学ツアー:2011年11月13日 



詳細を知りたい方は、10月22日までに古橋政子までご連絡ください。 seiko@ogu.ac.jp.

New Audio Interviews at Pacific Islands Report

In cooperation with the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Report (PIR), Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) produces daily news and special reports on Pacific Islands issues. PIR’s Assistant Editor, Edelene Osedil Uriarte from Palau, puts together the audio for the HPR.

On August 2011, Edelene released 2 audio interviews:

  • Interview with Rachel Miller, who talks about the first Marshallese language and culture course at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa this fall semester, 2011. (August 16, 2011)
  • Interview with Commander Jesse Wilson Jr. who talks about this year’s Pacific Partnership Mission. (August 8, 2011)

Listen to these audio pieces at the Pacific Islands Report website.


New Interviews at Pacific Islands Report

In cooperation with the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Report (PIR), Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) produces daily news and special reports on Pacific Islands issues. PIR’s Assistant Editor, Edelene Osedil Uriarte from Palau, puts together the audio for the HPR.

On July 2011, Edelene released 2 audio interviews:

  • Interview with Palau’s Speaker of the House of Delegates, Noah Idechong, who advocates for the protection of the environment. (july 18, 2011)
  • Interview with President of the Fiji Islands Voyaging Society, Colin Philp, who talks about the Pacific voyage “Te Mana O Te Moana ” and the message to Protect the Ocean and Continue the art of Traditional Navigation. (July 11, 2011)

Listen to these audio pieces at  Pacific Islands Report.


First Pakistan-U.S. Journalists Exchange

The East-West Center successfully launched its new Pakistan-United States Journalists Exchange, which took place April 6-22, 2011.

Participants in the East-West Center's inaugural Pakistan-U.S. Journalists Exchange.

This program is designed to increase and deepen public understanding of the two countries and their important relationship, one that is crucial to regional stability and the global war on terrorism. While there have been many areas of agreement and cooperation, deep mistrust remains between Americans and Pakistanis, who rarely get opportunities to engage with each other and thus rely on media for their information and viewpoints. Unresolved issues continue to pose challenges for both countries.

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U.S. Congresswoman Hirono Testifies in Support of East-West Center

Congresswoman Hirono

Aloha –

I recently testified before a House Appropriations Subcommittee in support of providing federal funding for the East-West Center in the Fiscal Year 2012. The East-West Center is pure public diplomacy in action and I wanted to make sure my colleagues appreciated the value of the Center as much as I do.

I encourage you to read the attached statement (PDF file) for more on my stance.

Congress established the East-West Center more than a half century ago. You can be sure that as a Member of Congress, I will continue to support this important institution for public diplomacy.


Mazie K. Hirono
Member of Congress
Hawaii 2nd District



Articles from Participants of 2011 JUSJE Program

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The Japan-United States Journalists Exchange is a 12-day dialogue, travel and exchange program for journalists from Japan and the United States. The 2011 Japan-United States Journalists Exchange (JUSJE) took place March 6th and 18th.  The theme of the 2011 Japan-United States Journalists Exchange was  “Expanding the U.S.-Japan Alliance”.

The 2011 exchange took a look at the U.S.-Japan military alliance, a linchpin of regional security, as well as how this important bilateral relationship can expand to greater benefit both countries; and to help meet new challenges as China’s power and influence continue to grow. However, the natural disasters in Japan made the participants also focus on these events.

Here is a compilation of articles that were authored by participants of the 2011 JUSJE program during the program’s duration.

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Message from EWC Jefferson Fellow

Dear EWC President Morrison,

I received your message regarding the disaster in Fukushima, Japan. I have a proposal  to the EWC Family, which I was hoping could be circulated through the  EWC website or any other means you find more appropriate.

My proposal is as follows:

I’m sure that Japan will stand up again and that its streets will be filled with the sound of children playing. This has been proven by the history of this land.

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Message from EWCA Kansai Chapter Leader

This is a message from Seiko Furuhashi (ICC 82-84, 89), EWCA Kansai Chapter Leader.

Dear EWCA Alumni and Friends,

I would like to let you know that I was in Hawaii when the horrible earthquake and tsunami attacked North Eastern Japan on March 11, 2011. I am sending this report as many friends have asked me to keep them up-to-date with what is happening in Japan.

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Message from EWC President Morrison on the Crisis in Japan

The following is a message from Charles E. Morrison, East-West Center President:

The East-West Center community expresses its sympathy and deep concern over the loss of life and on-going crisis in Japan resulting from the massive earthquake and tsunami. Our hearts go out to the family members of those who lost their lives and to the thousands who are still trying to locate family and friends, who lost property, or who have had to leave their homes. We salute those courageous workers and members of the military and other public services who are doing their utmost to contain the damage at the nuclear reactors and providing relief assistance to hundreds of thousands of Japanese. Please consider giving generously to the organizations involved in relief activities.

In response to the disaster, on Sunday, March 13, the EWC Participants Association held a vigil where students from Japan shared personal stories from friends and family directly affected by this tragedy. Students from Southeast Asia, who experienced earthquakes and tsunamis in their countries a few years ago, expressed an informed empathy with the Japanese students.

“It is very important to provide support during difficult times, especially when we are far away from our home countries and worrying about our families,” said Sharima Abbas, an EWC student from Malaysia who helped organize the vigil. “I’ve received emails from many of our Japanese ‘ohana saying that the gathering really helped them cope and manage their grieving better.”

The families of all East-West Center current student fellows from Japan are safe. We have been hearing from our alumni in Japan that they also are safe. We encourage all EWC alumni to visit the EWCA Facebook page or contact the Alumni Office (alumni@eastwestcenter.org) if you would like to connect with the wider EWCA community. We also invite you to share your images, stories or reflections regarding the experience on the EWCA Facebook page as a central communication point for EWC alumni affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

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UH and EWC to Address Quality Higher Education in APEC

Source: APEC USA 2011 Hawai’i Host Committee

A proposal developed by the University of Hawai‘i System to address quality higher education and training in the Asia-Pacific region has been approved and supported by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). As part of the project, higher education leaders and stakeholders from the region will gather in Honolulu in August for a three-day symposium designed to identify and share benchmarks and encourage collaborative efforts.

Entitled “Quality in Higher Education: Identifying, Developing and Sustaining Best Practices in the APEC Region,” the project will address the topic of quality in higher education as a foundation for long-term inclusive growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. The planning group, chaired by UH Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost Linda Johnsrud and East-West Center Director of Educational Programs Terry Bigalke, was proposed to APEC on behalf of the United States.

Read the full press release at the APEC USA 2011 Hawai’i Host Committee website.