Robert Nakamoto


a JAVA Memorial Scholarship for High School Seniors

JAVA is profiling the sacrifices and contributions made by the men and women that our JAVA Memorial Scholarship program honors. Today's issue highlights the Robert Nakamoto Scholarship in honor of past JAVA President and Korean War Veteran, Bob Nakamoto. The Nakamoto Scholarship is sponsored by his children Robert “Steve” Nakamoto; Mae Nakamoto; Michael Nakamoto and Amy Nakamoto. It is one of the $1,500 JAVA Memorial Scholarships that will be awarded to a high school senior. Application information can be found at the end of the article as well as on the JAVA website. 

Robert Nakamoto, past JAVA President and Korean War Veteran

Bob Nakamoto was born November 2, 1931, in Sacramento, California to George Nakamoto and Virginia Hirakawa and was the oldest of eight siblings. He and his family were interned at Camp Topaz in Utah during World War II. He graduated from Placer High School in Auburn, California. Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and earned a Bachelor of Arts from California State University at Sacramento. 

After completing college, Bob moved east to take positions in personnel management and information technology at different federal and state government levels as well as the private sector. Bob was Chairman of Amour, LLC, and Chairman of InterAmerica Global, both involved in international exports. Prior to that, he was Chairman and principal owner of Base Technologies Inc., an Information Technology company, headquartered in McLean, Virginia. He also had served as Director of Corporate System, MCI; Deputy Commissioner for Planning for the state of Texas; Director of Planning for Medicare and Medicaid Programs for the Federal Government; and Manager of Data Processing for the State of California and Sacramento County. He served on Presidential Task Force for both parties.

Bob Nakamoto was deeply involved in veterans and community activities nationwide supporting them with his time, executive expertise, and contributions. An exemplary President of JAVA, Bob received the Terry Shima Leadership Award for his visionary governance. After his presidency, Bob served as the Chair of JAVA’s Finance Committee and was involved with JAVA’s Speakers Bureau to publicize the Japanese American experience during WW II. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Japanese American Citizens League. Bob received various awards, including the Government of Japan Foreign Minister’s Award in recognition of his efforts to enhance Japan-US relations.

Robert Nakamoto is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

[Ed Note: Robert Nakamoto participated in the the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. His interview can be accessed here:]

Robert Nakamoto with President George W. Bush

Robert Nakamoto with President Barack Obama

JAVA Scholarship Eligibility and Applications


  • Descendants of a WWII Nisei military service member who served in the:
    • 100th Infantry Battalion.
    • 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
    • Military Intelligence Service.
    • 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion.
    • Other United States military units, including the Women’s Army. Corps or Army Nurses Corps.
  • Current members of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2018.
  • Children of current JAVA members are eligible to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA prior to April 1, 2018.
  • Past or present members of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, are eligible and encouraged to apply to the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship.


Applicants should first review published rules and forms.  Applications and supporting documents must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2020, to  with either “2020 Inouye Memorial Scholarship,” “2020 Founder’s Memorial Scholarship,”  "Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship," or for the other named scholarships, “2020 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 the annual JAVA scholarship luncheon on July 18, 2020. 

2020 JAVA Memorial Scholarship Program Overview  here.

2020 U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship here.

2020 Founder's Scholarship here.

2020 Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship here.

2020 JAVA Memorial Scholarships here.

Scholarship information can also be found on the JAVA website:

Questions or Suggestions: Please contact Neet Ford, at

Japanese American Veterans Association:  Address: P.O. Box 341198, Bethesda, MD 20827 I

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