UHM students Donovan Goto and Rochelle Ohata have been busy spreading the Aloha Spirit in Ehime, Japan as part of their summer internship with the Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC). Below they are seen greeting Uwajima Mayor Hirohisa Ishibashi and visiting schools around Ehime.
UHM students Kamalolo Koanui-Kong, BA in Hawaiian Language Studies, and Rochelle Ohata, undergraduate student in Japanese, have arrived in Matsuyama and are ready to begin their summer internships at the Ehime Prefectural International Center. We wish Kamalolo and Rochelle a wonderful summer!
2014 EPIC interns Kamalolo (left) and Rochelle (right) safely arrive in Matsuyama, Japan
The Ehime Prefectural International Center Summer Internship program, jointly coordinated by CJS and the Japan-America Society of Hawai`i, offers UHM students the opportunity to work in the EPIC office in Matsuyama, take part in public seminars on topics about Hawai’i, visit schools in Ehime Prefecture to share Hawaiian culture, assist international residents in EPIC, and work toward deepening the relationship between Hawai`i and Ehime. The program was established five years after the Ehime-maru tragedy which strained the relationship between the United States and Japan. Out of that tragedy, Ehime and Hawai`i have built strong connections and embarked on a number of exchanges.
On Friday, April 4, 2014, Shunichi Takekawa, Associate Professor in the College of Asia Pacific Studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, elaborated upon the “comfort women” debate among major Japanese newspapers that began in the early 1990s. Central to this media-political debate are understandings of coercion and the roles of organizations in the recruitment of so-called “comfort women”. Dr. Takekawa argued that reconciliation between competing ideological camps must start with a reconciliation among Japanese national newspapers. A spirited debate developed amongst attendees after the presentation on this delicate and multifaceted issue.
(l to r): Religion Professor Michel Mohr, Betsy Kawamura, Shunichi Takekawa, Sociology Professor Patricia Steinhoff, CJS Director Mary McDonald, Robert Kuo