Faculty news: Mark Levin’s editorial in the British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control

Mark Levin, Director, Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Program and Professor of Law, was the lead author of an editorial in the British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control, published “Online First” earlier this month.  The commissioned editorial accompanies a new research paper (by Drs. Kaori Iida and Robert Proctor) that dives into industry documents to uncover historic back-level connections between global tobacco industry players and Japan’s Smoking Research Foundation, an entity still in active operation.  Levin et al. address apparent similarities in design and operation between the JSRF and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, just established with nearly USD $1 billion in committed funding from Philip Morris International.

The editorial is available online with open access here: http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2018/02/16/tobaccocontrol-2017-054148

Japanese language translations of both the research paper and the editorial accompany the pieces online.


Extended Deadline: 2018 Ehime Internship Program – application due March 5, 2018


UPDATE (2/14/2018): This post was updated on February 14, 2018 with revised flyer, application, and guidelines.

Summer Internship Program 2018 at Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC)

In 2003, educational exchange programs between Ehime and Hawaiʻi were established to strengthen their relationship following the Ehime-maru incident in 2001 that resulted in the loss of four students and five faculty members of the Ehime Prefectural Uwajima Fishery High School. This summer internship program for current UH students to work at EPIC and other municipal international centers in Ehime prefecture. The main objective of the program is to foster friendship and understanding between the two communities.


May – August 2018 (approx. 60 days).

See the 2017 outline of interns’ schedule and activities as a general reference.

Summary of Work Responsibilities:

  1. Assist EPIC staff in answering general inquiries both from the people of Ehime
    and foreigners.
  2. Plan, coordinate, and execute cross-cultural seminars that include topics on
    Hawaiian and American cultures (including visits to schools).
  3. Support and assist the Ehime-Hawaii related programs.
  4. Assist in the update and management of the website and publications for EPIC.
  5. Work hours: Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5:15 pm.

Internship includes:

  • Roundtrip ticket (Honolulu-Ehime), living stipend, housing (pending funding).
  • The selected candidate must have a valid passport and pay for his/her own
    passport/visa fees.


  • Applicant must be a United States citizen currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at UH in a field related to EPIC’s interests.  Applicant must be enrolled during the proposed internship period.
  • Applicant should possess moderate Japanese language skills, have experience working or living in an international context, and have some knowledge of Hawaiian culture. Applicant should also possess good interpersonal skills and be able to multi-task.
  • Your application for an internship should be supported by your university. A minimum requirement is a letter from one of your professors supporting your application.
  • The final candidates will be selected by the authority of Japan-America Society in Hawaii and University of Hawaii. Placement is subject to availability of meaningful assignments.

Application and Guidelines:

2018 Ehime Summer Internship Program Application

  • Extended Deadline for application and other documents: March 5, 2018 (Monday)
  • Finalists will be interviewed on March 12, 2018 (Monday) starting at 3:00pm. Students will be contacted to schedule the interview.

2018 EPIC internship guidelines