The Japanese American Veterans' Association, Inc. (JAVA), is a fraternal and educational organization with many purposes: Preserving and strengthening comradeship among its members;  Perpetuating the memory and history of our departed comrades;  Educating the American public on the Japanese American experience during WWII; and Striving to obtain for veterans the full benefit of their entitlements as veterans.
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2021 JAVA Memorial Scholarship Program:  Celebrating the Legacy of World War II Nisei Military Service

The Japanese American Veterans Association is excited to announce its annual Memorial Scholarship Program for 2021.   The scholarships will benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students, and post-graduate and professional education students. 

The scholarships include The U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) honoring the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service;  the JAVA Founder’s Scholarship ($3,000), awarded in memory of JAVA’s founder, Colonel Sunao Phil Ishio, U.S. Army,  his wife Constance and their son Douglas Ishio; the Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship ($2,000),  a tribute to Ms. Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin, a longtime supporter of JAVA; as well as JAVA Memorial Scholarships ($1,500), honoring Nisei veterans, JAVA members and/or their family members. The 2021 JAVA Memorial Scholarships are:

  • Dr. Americo Bugliani Scholarship in honor of his liberator, Paul Sakamoto, 100th Battalion/442nd RCT veteran.
  • Tak and Carolyn Furumoto Scholarship in honor of Sam Kiyoto Furumoto, Tak’s late father, whose tenacity, industry, and positive attitude continue to inspire and shape Tak and his family today.

  • Ranger Grant Hirabayashi Scholarship in honor of Ranger Grant Jiro Hirabayashi, MIS.
  • Colonel Jimmie Kanaya Scholarship in honor of Colonel Jimmie Kanaya, U.S. Army, a three-war veteran – WW II, Korean and Vietnam.
  • Mitsugi Kasai Scholarship in honor of CWO 4 Mitsugi Murakami Kasai, MIS veteran.
  • Ben Kuroki Scholarship in honor of Sergeant Ben Kuroki, a gunner in the US Army Air Corps, 505th Bombardment Group.
  • Matsui Scholarship in honor of Victor Matsui, MIS veteran, and his wife Teru.
  • COL Virgil R. Miller Scholarship in honor of Colonel Virgil R. Miller Scholarship, Commander of the 442nd RCT, who the led the Nisei soldiers in their rescue of the Texas "Lost Battalion" in the Vosges Mountains of France during WWII.
  • Robert Nakamoto Scholarship, in honor of past JAVA President and Korean War veteran, Bob Nakamoto.
  • Betty Shima Scholarship, in honor of Betty Fujita Shima, lifelong partner of 442nd RCT veteran, Terry Shima.
  • Shirey Scholarship, in honor of Major Orville Shirey, 442nd RCT veteran and wife and Maud Shirey.

Descendants of those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service,  1399th Engineer Construction Battalion, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion or  descendants of Japanese American soldiers who served during World War II in other United States military units to include the Women’s Army Corps or Army Nurses Corps. 

Current members of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2019 are eligible to apply.  Children of current JAVA members are also eligible to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA prior to April 1, 2019.

Past or present members of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Reserves, ROTC, or U.S. Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course are encouraged to apply for the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorials Scholarship.  Applicants should demonstrate their lifelong commitment to public and uniformed service leadership for the nation.

Applicants should first review published rules and forms.  Applications and supporting documents must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021, to javascholarship222@gmail.com  with either “2021 Inouye Memorial Scholarship,” “2021 Founder’s Memorial Scholarship,”  "2021 Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship," or “2021 JAVA Memorial Scholarship” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.  Applications not received by that date or that fail to meet the submission requirements will NOT be considered. Applicants will be notified of a decision by early June 2020.  Awards will be presented at a JAVA scholarship awards ceremony on July 17,  2021. 

2021 JAVA Memorial Scholarship Program Overview here.

2021 US Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship here.

2021 JAVA Founder's Scholarship here.

2021 Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship here.

2021 JAVA Memorial Scholarships here.


 JAVA Member and 442nd Veteran, Terry Shima Speaks about the Japanese American Experience During World War II

Recently the Keese School Lecture Series featured former JAVA Executive Director and JAVA Terry Shima as a speaker at their continuing education series. By way of introduction it was noted that Terry was born and raised in Hawaii. He was drafted in to Army in 1944 and served in the 442nd RCT. After the war, Terry attended and graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and enjoyed a 30-year career in the Foreign Service with postings in the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. In 2012, President Obama awarded Terry the Presidential Citizens Medal.  After leaving his official post as Executive Director of JAVA, he has continued to support the research and publication of the Advocate and e-Advocate. In the video Terry explains the origins of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and MIS and highlights examples of Japanese American soldiers bravery and valor in an effort to prove their loyalty to the U.S.  Click here to watch or watch below.



Upcoming events

    • 30 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium

     73rd Annual Memorial Day Service

    Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium

    Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:00 a.m. EDT

     “Honoring the Legacy of the Nisei Soldiers”

    Japanese American Citizens League, Washington DC Chapter, Japanese American Veterans Association National Japanese American Memorial Foundation

    Virtual Event to be Livestreamed on JAVA Facebook 

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Price of Freedom Wall, National WWII Memorial, Washington DC

    Day of Affirmation

    We hope you can join us virtually by watching a livestream of the Day of Affirmation on JAVA's Facebook page which will capture the wreath-laying ceremony at the Price of Freedom Wall, National World War II Memorial on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 12 noon (ET). 

    National WWII Memorial Address: 1750 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. There is no convenient parking near the WWII Memorial. 

    • 17 Jul 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Virtual JAVA Memorial Scholarship Presentation

    The hour long ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 17th at 3 pm (EDT) / 12 noon (PDT) / 9 am (HST). We will also  livestream the program on JAVA’s Facebook page so that all can watch! 

    Details to follow!

    • 24 Jul 2021
    • 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Peking Gourmet Inn -6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

    JAVA Luncheon, Awards Presentation & Annual Membership Meeting

    July 24, 2021

    11:30 am

    Peking Gourmet Inn

    6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

    Price: $30 per person

    JAVA is excited to host its first post-pandemic luncheon. Sadly, the Harvest Moon Restaurant where we gathered for many years has closed. However, the Peking Gourmet Inn offers us not only delicious fare but also a wonderful atmosphere to rekindle old friendship and  welcome new members. We look forward to seeing everyone on July 24th.  Details about the speaker and meeting agenda will follow.




Nisei Role as America’s “Eyes and Ears” Against Japan During War II and as a “Bridge” Between the Two Nations During the Occupation

Visit JAVA Research Archive to read New Article on Role of MIS in WWII by Clicking Here.


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