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  • 04 Sep 2019 1:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Denver Stockyards Station Post Office Named to Honor George Sakato


    George Sakato (MOH) at the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in 2011. Photo by David Nishitani

    Denver, CO.   On August 23, 2019 the US Postal Service Colorado held a ceremony in Denver to name the Stockyards Station Post Office to honor of George Sakato, an employee of the US Postal Service and a Veteran of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.  The one hour program, attended by Denver’s dignitaries,  a member of the diplomatic corps, and featured the Buckley Air Force Base Honor Guard and the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard, was followed by a reception.  A plaque (see photo) to mark this event was placed in the corridor of the building.   

    Daughter Leslie Sakato thanked the US Post Office for this enduring recognition and discussed her Dad’s early years in Colton, CA; the family’s move to Arizona to avoid the mass incarceration of 110,000 ethnic Japanese; voluntary enlistment in the US Army; work on the family truck farm during the day while sorting mail at the post office part time at night; conversion to full-time postal employee; and discharging his  obligations as a Medal of Honor recipient.

    The Japan America Society Denver reported that “Sakato retired from the Stockyards Station Post Office in Denver, after 27 years of service.   In November 2013 Sakato was featured on the WW II Medal of Honor Forever stamp Prestige Folio and was an honored guest at the first day ceremonies in Washington, DC.”

    On October 29, 1944 George Sakato led an assault on Biffontaine, France capturing four enemy soldiers.  Inspired by Sakato’s bravery, his unit followed him to capture 34 prisoners and kill 12 enemy soldiers.  Sakato received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions. In 2000 his award was upgraded to the Medal of Honor.  Sakato passed away on December 2, 2015, but his legacy lives on.


    Building Dedication Plaque. Photo from Internet

    Leslie Sakato, daughter of George, presenting remarks.  Photo by Gil Asakawa.


  • 04 Sep 2019 1:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New JAVA Members

    JAVA sends a warm Aloha to our new Veteran and Active Duty members as well as new Friends of JAVA.

    Military


    Major Larry Gladback, War Veteran, USAF (Ret)

    David Johnson, War Veteran, Navy/ Marine Corps/ WVARNG/ OIF

    Andrew Lida, War Veteran, USA, Afghanistan, Korea

    Vincent Otani, General Member, 1/505 ABN INF. 82nd ABN DIV. Ft Bragg NC

    Randall Tsuneyoshi, War Veteran MACV, RVN

    Friends of JAVA

    Maxine Cain

    Bryce Katahara

    Brian Kawamoto

    Fiona Koye

    Monica Matsumoto

    Jan Minami

    Daniel Nakasone

    Ekansh Srivastava

    Taryn Uyematsu

    Donations

    JAVA offers a heartfelt thanks to our generous members and friends for their gifts, memorials and tributes given in support of our mission, events and scholarships. We are truly grateful.


    Chris DeRosa, JAVA Scholarship Fund

    Al Goshi, Jack Tashiro Scholarship

    Takeo Ishimasa, JAVA

    Sarah Muraoka, JAVA


  • 01 Aug 2019 3:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    JAVA President Al Goshi and Maj Gen Kelly McKeague.  Photo by Noriko Sanefuji.

    JAVA’s Summer Quarterly Luncheon on Saturday, July 13 was an especially full afternoon. Not only were JAVA Memorial Scholarship recipients celebrated but guests also heard a poignant presentation by Maj Gen Kelly McKeague, USAF (Ret) on the work he oversees as the Director of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). 

    This year’s scholarship ceremony was particularly celebratory with family members of scholarship honorees - 442nd Veteran Terry Shima and daughter Eileen Roulier; Don and Margaret Kawamoto and Sherin Kawamoto Ferguson, and Michael Lewis (grandson of Bob Nakamoto) – in attendance as well as scholarship recipients Bryce Katahara and father CAPT Michael Katahara, USN (Ret); Fiona Koye and father CDR Frank Koye, USN (Ret); and Daniel Nakasone joining us.

    Taking the podium, Scholarship Chair Mrs. Chris DeRosa paid tribute to the men and women for whom the scholarships are named. Guests could not help but notice that many of the honorees or their family members had been incarcerated yet they still chose to serve in the Army or MIS. Slide after slide, Mrs. DeRosa’s presentation highlighted lives spent behind barbed wire at Minidoka, Heart Mountain, Gila River, Tule and Topaz only to be followed by extraordinary military service. After each portrait of an honoree, Mrs. DeRosa described the remarkable academic and extracurricular achievements of the scholarship winners. There was no mistaking the passion of the JAVA awardees. From founding a National Security and Defense Club to creating an advocacy group for sexual assault victims to earning an Eagle Scout badge, the scholarship winners’ commitment to service set them apart. When the slideshow ended, President Al Goshi congratulated Daniel, Fiona, and Bryce and presented each with a scholarship certificate and JAVA coin.

    Over lunch, Wade Ishimoto introduced the guest speaker Maj Gen Kelly McKeague, USAF (Ret). With his customary “Island Boy” banter, Wade noted that McKeague went to Damien High School before heading to Georgia Tech to earn both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering. On a more somber note, Wade added that McKeague grew up in Papakolea an area of Honolulu in the shadow of the Punchbowl, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - perhaps a harbinger of his work at DPAA.

    McKeague told JAVA members that when he accepted his first POW/MIA post at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in 2012, he “was shocked to learn that 82,000 service members were still unaccounted for, missing heroes.”  Although most of the missing fought more than fifty to seventy-five years ago, the wounds of grief for even second and third-generation family members can still feel fresh. “Time hasn’t healed….and the uncertainty attached to the loss exacerbates the grief of these Gold Star families” McKeague explained. He continued, noting that the DPAA fulfills the nation’s promise of never leaving behind a fallen service member. "Its mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel to their families and the nation.” McKeague emphasized that any recovered and identified remains are given a burial with full military honors. Although much of the work involved in recovery is difficult to even contemplate, there is a bright spot: bringing a service member home. McKeague shared heartwarming stories of entire communities turning out for a returned soldier’s funeral. When Army Corporal Kirtley, who went missing in the Korean War, was recently laid to rest in Kaycee, Wyoming, a town with a population of 263, “more than 800 patriots found their way to Kaycee to pay their respects,” McKeague recounted. 

    After showing a DPAA Agency video (https://www.dpaa.mil/) which highlighted their operations around the world, McKeague elaborated on the challenging process of locating and identifying MIA remains and stressed the urgency of his organization’s work. The circumstances surrounding each loss are studied in-depth. Interviews with fellow soldiers and local villagers are conducted, family members are consulted, historical photos combed, medical records reviewed, daily logs studied, and site records checked. All the information is analyzed, and if actionable, excavations are undertaken. Underwater missions are also performed. The process can take months to years. However, time is of the essence. Many family members and comrades of the fallen are aged or have passed away so it is critical to contact as many of those who still have recall of the possible whereabouts and also secure DNA for identification. Moreover, in Vietnam, the acidity of the soil makes it challenging to find remains, often very little evidence is left.

    McKeague went on to tell members that DPAA’s work branches into diplomacy. Because the recovery process requires cooperation, it builds trust and demonstrates to former enemies that the US is no longer a threat. Further, the relationships DPAA develops signal that the host country is valued by the US. For instance, DPAA was at work in Vietnam seven years before formal diplomatic relations were restored in 1995. McKeague noted that Japan also makes a great effort to find their war dead. He remarked that when Prime Minister Abe visited the Senator Daniel K. Inouye DPAA building in Hawaii, he was the first head-of-state to do so. At present, McKeague is hopeful that further inroads will be made in North Korea. He told JAVA members that over 7,600 Korean War US military personnel are unaccounted-for, with approximately 5,300 believed to be in North Korea. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have agreed on war remains recovery being a commitment. While there is much work to be performed in the future, McKeague told members that the 55 boxes of remains which North Korea turned over last summer is a start (DPAA’s labs have so far identified seven Army soldiers from those remains).

    Wrapping up his presentation, McKeague called upon President Calvin Coolidge’s words, “The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.” Without a doubt, the mission of the DPAA ensures the US will continue to make its mark on history.


    FR: Al Goshi, Terry Shima, Daniel Naksone, Fiona Koye, Sherin Kawamoto Ferguson, Eileen Roulier, Bryce Katahara, Micheal Kataraha, BR: Don Kawamoto, Margaret Kawamoto.  Photo by Noriko Sanefuji.

  • 01 Aug 2019 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LTG Nagata presenting his retirement remarks to family, officials and friends. Photo from Nagata.

    Wade Ishimoto

    Arlington, VA.  Ia highly unusual ceremony befitting of his distinguished Army career, Lieutenant General Michael Nagata was honorably retired on June 21, 2019, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA. Rather than having his retirement hosted by a high ranking General or Flag Officer or Senior Defense Official, Mike Nagata chose to have his retirement ceremony conducted by Command Sergeant Major Patrick McCauley, the Senior Enlisted Advisor at the United States Special Operations Command.

    General Nagata and CSM McCauley served together in special operations assignments and have the utmost respect for each other. As General Nagata remarked during his farewell speech, “I know of no one with more close combat time that Pat McCauley.” During his tribute to General Nagata, CSM McCauley told some humorous stories while highlighting how Nagata began his career as an enlisted soldier, went to Officer Candidate School and then spent the majority of his career in Special Forces, special operations, and clandestine intelligence operations. In Mike’s last two assignments, he was the Commander of all special operations forces operating in the US Central Command’s area of responsibility followed by his assignment as the Director of Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counterterrorism Center. McCauley presented Nagata with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and also presented awards to Mike’s wife, Barbara.

    Mike’s parents, Colonel, USA (Ret) William and Frances Nagata, were unable to attend the ceremony from their home in Atlanta, GA, but the ceremony was videotaped for presentation to them. Colonel Nagata is a Life member of JAVA. Typical of his humble and insightful nature, General Nagata’s farewell speech was filled with thanks and tributes to the many great people that helped him during his career. These ranged from his parents, his wife and her family, their five children, and his cohorts in the military. He concluded his remarks by talking about how we need to work with each other in a collaborative way to make the world better. He and Barbara stood and greeted well-wishers for two hours at a reception following the retirement ceremony.


    LTG Nagata after a parachute jump while he was the Commander of Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) from 2013 to 2015, and heavily involved in operations across the Middle East and the Government’s early efforts against the Islamic State. Photo from Nagata.

  • 01 Aug 2019 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    L to R: Col Joshe Raetz, Lt Col Ryan Armstrong, Annabelle and Tad Tsuneyoshi, Mr. and Mrs. Rand Tsuneyoshi.

    Wade Ishimoto

    Fort Belvoir, VA.   JAVA member Tad Tsuneyoshi was promoted to Lt Col on July 2, 2019, at Fort Belvoir, VA. Tad is a Special Forces officer, a graduate of West Point, and was selected “below the zone” for promotion. Below the zone means he was chosen ahead of his peers in recognition of his outstanding service. He is being reassigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, where he will be the Executive Officer for the 1st Special Forces Group before assuming command of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) next year.

    Lt Col Tsuneyoshi will join JAVA member Col Leroy Barker who is being assigned as the Deputy Commander of the 1 st Special Forces Group. Tad’s last two commanders (Col Joshe Raetz and Lt Col Ryan Armstrong) attended the ceremony joining Tad’s sister who traveled from California and his parents from Mililani, HI.

  • 01 Aug 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    The Army Historical Foundation

    Arlington, Va.—The National Museum of the United States Army, under construction at Fort Belvoir, Va., is now accepting applications for its volunteer program. The first volunteers will be selected this summer in preparation for the Museum’s opening in 2020. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to apply immediately.

    Volunteers will play a critical role in supporting the Museum, which is expected to attract more than 750,000 visitors each year. No previous military service is required. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

    Applicants will share their skills and interests during the application process, so they can be matched to a relevant volunteer position. Volunteer roles include visitor services, special events, tours, education, gardening and administration. Applicants can also choose their preferred volunteer shifts. The Museum will be open seven days a week, 364 days a year.

    “We want our volunteers to reflect the diversity of the Army and our expected visitors,” said Tammy Call, Director of the National Museum of the United States Army. “Our volunteer opportunities will complement our daily operations and there is a spot for you as a volunteer.”

    To learn more about volunteering at the Museum, or to apply, visit armyhistory.org/museum-volunteers, or call 1-800-506-2672.

    The Army Historical Foundation establishes, assists, and promotes programs and projects which preserve the history of the American Soldier and promote public understanding of and appreciation for the contributions by all components of the U.S. Army and its members. The Foundation serves as the Army’s official fundraising entity for the Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army. The Museum is currently being constructed at Fort Belvoir, Va., and will honor the service and sacrifice of all American Soldiers who have served since the Army’s inception in 1775. For more information about the Foundation, the National Museum of the United States Army, and the Registry of the American Soldier, visit www.armyhistory.org.

    Alert: Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins


    The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration recently discovered that the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins are being sold through several online retailers. Vietnam veterans please know that the lapel pin is yours for free on behalf of a grateful Nation and you should not be purchasing it. If you know of someone selling VVLPs in large quantities, contact us at whs.vnwar50th@mail.mil or 877-387-9951.

  • 01 Aug 2019 2:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brigadier General Mark Hashimoto and COL Wade Ishimoto, USA, (Ret)

    Brigadier General Mark Hashimoto presided at the retirement ceremony of his Deputy Commander of the Marine Force Headquarters Group, Colonel Reese Rogers, on July 20, 2019. The ceremony was held at the Leatherneck Gallery of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA.   Colonel Rogers is also a close friend of General Hashimoto and has been mentored by JAVA member Wade Ishimoto who attended the ceremony. 

    The Force Headquarters Group is a Marine Corps Reserve organization headquartered in New Orleans, LA.  General Hashimoto traveled from Hawaii, where he lives and has a civilian leadership position with Marine Forces Pacific at Camp H.M. Smith, HI. 

    Colonel Rogers and his wife, Joan, will start his second career in Princeton, NJ.  He had a distinguished career in Marine Force Reconnaissance and Marine Special Operations.


    Colonel Reese Rogers and COL Wade Ishimoto, USA, (Ret)

  • 21 Jul 2019 11:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On July 13, 2019, the Japanese American Veterans Association held elections at a membership meeting that followed JAVA’s Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Ken Washington, Chair of the JAVA Nomination Committee, announced the results based on voting by the membership. 

    Gerald Yamada, a past JAVA President and former pro bono JAVA General Counsel, was elected President.  Yamada thanked the outgoing officers and members of the JAVA Executive Committee for their dedicated service to JAVA.  As one of his priorities, he “wants JAVA to sponsor initiatives to preserve the legacy of the contributions and sacrifices made by the Nisei soldiers who put country first to defend America during World War II while their families and friends were imprisoned in America’s concentration camps.”  He expressed “concerns that some are trying to rewrite history in ways that minimize the Nisei soldiers’ substantial role that was the foundation upon which the interests of the Japanese American community were advanced after the war.”

    Howard High, a US Army veteran and a current civilian employee of the US Army CECOM at Aberdeen Proving Ground, was elected JAVA Vice President.

    Ruby Ellis, an accountant with 25 years of experience and currently working toward a Master’s in Accounting at Purdue Global University, was elected Treasurer.  She is the spouse of Army veteran, Troy Ellis, LTC (Ret.).

    Lt. Col. Linda Bethke-Cyr, USAF (Ret.) was elected Secretary.  She served 20 years in the US Air Force and is currently a Contracting Officer with the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

    Yamada plans to discuss new JAVA initiatives and announce appointments to the JAVA Executive Committee at the next JAVA Quarterly Luncheon, scheduled for October 12, 2019.


  • 13 Jul 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Japanese American Veterans Association announces the winners of the annual memorial scholarship award program for 2019.   Outstanding students from around the country applied for the scholarships.  The candidates for the JAVA scholarships were incredibly talented and accomplished; and all applicants would be worthy of receiving a JAVA scholarship to continue the legacy of the Nisei service to country, despite facing tremendous obstacles placed by their government.

    The scholarships will continue to benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, advanced undergraduate students, and post graduate and professional education students.

    The $5,000.00 memorial scholarship honoring the late US Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service goes to Daniel Nakasone, a junior at the University of Virginia majoring in Economics and Public Policy. 

    The $3,000.00 Founder’s Scholarship (named for JAVA’s founder, the late Colonel Phil Ishio, USAR, his wife Constance and his son Douglas Ishio), goes to Monica Matsumoto, a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. 

    The JAVA Memorial Scholarships, awarded to graduating high school seniors, each in the amount of $1,500, go to:

    Tomi Eijima, in honor of CWO 4 Mitsugi Murakami Kasai, MIS;

    Noah Haramoto, in honor Ranger Grant Hirabayashi, MIS;

    Bryce Katahara, in honor of Betty Shima, lifelong partner of 442 veteran, Terry Shima;

    Fiona Koye, in honor of Jack Tashiro, MIS;

    Anna Nakamoto, in honor of Victor Matsui, MIS and his wife Teru;

    Nikki Ooka, in honor of Calvin Ninomiya, US Army;

    Elaine Oyama, in honor of Major Orville Shirey, 442;

    Brian Tani, in honor of Grant Ichikawa, MIS;

    Benjamin Uchiyama, in honor of past JAVA President and Korean War veteran, Bob Nakamoto;

    Taryn Uyematsu, in honor of Yukio Kawamoto, MIS; and

    Brett Wada, in honor of Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin, longtime patron of JAVA.

    The future of our nation is in great hands, knowing these young individuals will be at the forefront. 


    Daniel Nakasone, Fort Meade, MD

    Unversity of Virginia  / Economcs & Public Policy

    Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship

    Monica Matsumoto, Charlottesville, VA

    University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Medicine

    Founder's Scholarship

    Fiona Koye, Bethesda, MD

    University of Texas - Austin / Civil Engineering

    Jack Tashiro Memorial Scholarship

    Noah Haramoto, Whittier, CA

    University of California - Riverside  / History & Business

    Grant Hirabayashi Memorial Scholarship

    Brian Tani, Vienna, VA

    Virginia Tech University  / Environmental Science

    Grant Ichikawa Memorial Scholarship

    Tomi Eijima, San Francisco, CA

    Occidental College / Sociology or Urban & Environmental Policy

    Mitsugi Kasai Memorial Scholarship


    Taryn Uyematsu, Anaheim, CA

    Hope International University, CA

    Yukio Kawamoto Memorial Scholarship


    Bryce Katahara, Great Falls, VA

    Cedarville University, OH / Mechanical Engineering

    Betty Shima Memorial Scholarship


    Anna Nakamoto, McEwen, TN

    Tennessee Tech University / Psychology

    Vic & Teru Matsui Memorial Scholarship


    Benjamin Uchiyama, Joliet, IL

    University of Illinois - Chicago / Computer Science

    Bob Nakamoto Memorial Scholarship


    Nikki Ooka, Wailuku, HI

    University of Washington / Biology

    Calvin Ninomiya Memorial Scholarship


    Elaine Oyama, Del Rio, TX

    University of Texas - San Antonio / Medical Humanities

    Orville & Maud Shirey Memorial Scholarship


    Brett Wada, Gardena, CA

    Cal State - Fullerton / Business Management

    Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Memorial Scholarship


    Thank You 2019 JAVA Scholarship Committee!

    Mrs. Chris DeRosa, Chair; Dawn Eilenberger, JD; CDR Janelle Kuroda, JAGC, USNR; CAPT (Dr) Cynthia Macri, MC, USN; and Mary Murakami

    Special thanks to JAVA Veterans, Families and Donors

    Also thanks to: Al Goshi, Mark Nakagawa & Bill Houston


  • 05 Jul 2019 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    JAVA President Al Goshi and Washington Post Reporter Ellen Nakashima.  Photo by Mark Nakagawa.

    JAVA Vice President Wade Ishimoto served as Master of Ceremony to introduce guest speaker Ellen Nakashima, a Washington Post reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, at the Spring Quarterly Luncheon and General Members Meeting on March 16, 2019.  After acknowledging Ms. Nakashima’s father’s service in the MIS and her uncles’ service in the 100th Infantry Battalion / 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Mr. Ishimoto praised her ability to accurately report detailed accounts of security issues while never compromising government secrets. Ms. Nakashima then took center stage and “talked story” - a term, she explained, from her childhood years in Hawaii when family and friends gathered, reminisced and shared life experiences.

    Ms. Nakashima, an exceptional and engaging speaker, told the JAVA luncheon attendees she “never dreamed of becoming a reporter!” Nakashima further explained she always had an intense curiosity about the world and her parents, both social workers, instilled the importance of public service. “I guess reporting scratched two itches,” said Ms. Nakashima.

    After graduating the University of California, Berkeley, Ms. Nakashima worked at the campus paper, The Daily Californian. She then moved to Bologna, Italy where she learned Italian working as an au pair and taught English. Several years later, Nakashima, settled in London and completed a Master of Arts in International Journalism at City University.

    Back in the states, Nakashima spent five years covering local beats, first for the Quincy Patriot Ledger in Boston, Mass. and then for The Hartford Courant. While at the Ledger, Nakashima interviewed her father to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Ms. Nakashima remarked, “the war experience was not something talked about while growing up.” Leaving the past in the past was the prevailing sentiment. That interview provided Nakashima’s father the opportunity to explore his war experiences with his daughter.

    In 1995, Ms. Nakashima was hired by The Washington Post to cover Arlington, VA for the Metro Desk. She covered everything from education to county politics before being promoted to cover the Virginia state house in 1996 and then national politics in 1998. From 1999 to 2000, Nakashima worked with Washington Post editor and writer David Maraniss on a book about Al Gore titled, The Prince of Tennessee. Nakashima told us fascinating stories about her interview with Al Gore’s mother, Miss Pauline, and traveling country roads in Carthage, TN with his high school friend Steve Armistead.

    Ms. Nakashima’s reflections then turned to the 2001 Pentagon attack. She recounted the surreal experience of reporting amid smoke and rubble at the Pentagon and her “amazement of the scores of volunteers sublimating their shock by helping the wounded.”

     A few months later, the U.S. celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Ms. Nakashima said her father “couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the anti-Muslim rhetoric and the treatment of the Nisei after Pearl Harbor.” Ms. Nakashima recounted a story around her father’s MIS service and the challenges of having the “face of the enemy.’’ A comparison that for Nakashima’s father brought to light the discrimination Japanese Americans faced during WWII and Muslim Americans faced after 9/11.

    Ms. Nakashima and her husband Alan Sipress, also a journalist moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, as Southeast Asia correspondents in 2002. She told our group she and her husband covered the terrorist bombings in Bali, the Muslim insurgencies, SARS, the Avian Bird Influenza and the 2004 Tsunami. Ms. Nakashima also shared an incredible story she experienced in the Philippines. “I received a call in my hotel room that US intelligence had picked-up a group who had taken locals hostage and were planning to kidnap a western journalist. I was told to stay put” and she spoke of how the military attaché in Manila hustled down to Mindanao to move her to a safe house. According to Ms. Nakashima, the incident illustrated how though there is legitimate public debate over the proper bounds of government surveillance, when done properly and lawfully it is just and it has saved lives.

    Nakashima concluded her speech by briefly highlighting her recent reporting on Russia’s interference with the 2016 election. Ms. Nakashima offered, that while some have criticized the reporting The Post and other news organizations do as “fake news,” we “strive to report truthfully and accurately.”

    Keeping with tradition, the luncheon came to a close with Al Goshi thanking Ellen Nakashima for sharing her story and Wade Ishimoto leading the group in with “God Bless America” in honor of the almost 40th anniversary of Operation Eagle Claw, the failed mission to rescue the American hostages in Iran.

     Frank Nekoba, Ellen Nakashima and Ambassador John Dinger.  Photo by JAVA Research Team.


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