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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JAVA Scholarship:  Continuing the Legacy of World War II
Nisei Military Service and Encouraging Future Military
and Public Servic

Washington, DC. The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) announces the winners of the annual scholarship award program for 2018.   Outstanding students from around the world applied for the scholarships.  There were nearly 30 applicants for 11 scholarships.  The competition was fierce, 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 Mike Bosack, an Air Force veteran pursuing his Ph.D. in International Relations at the International University of Japan in Nigata Prefecture.  In his essay, Mike wrote, “I have dedicated my life to three things: serving my country, advancing U.S.-Japan relations, and honoring my Japanese-American heritage.  After leaving military service, I now find myself completing a Ph.D. in Japan as a stepping stone back to government so that I may continue supporting the ever-important U.S.-Japan alliance.”

The $3,000.00 Founders Scholarship (named for JAVA’s founder, the late Colonel Phil Ishio, USAR, his wife Constance and his son Douglas Ishio), goes to Sarah Nakasone, a student at the University of Chicago pursuing her doctorate in Global Studies.  In her application, Sarah wrote, “I didn’t look Japanese like my brothers. I didn’t speak Japanese like my friends. I didn’t even go to Japanese camp like my cousins. Me? I didn’t belong. JAVA convinced me I was wrong. My dad began taking me to JAVA meetings …and they quickly became my favorite events of the season. In a room filled with heroes, I learned what bravery and loyalty and, most of all, patriotism meant. … I might not look like everyone else, but I was heir to this legacy of public service and commitment to change America for the better all the same.”

The JAVA memorial scholarships, each in the amount of $1,500.00, go to:

Taylor Ishida, in honor of CWO 4 Mitsugi Murakami Kasai, MIS;
Jairus Iwasaki, in honor of Betty Shima, lifelong partner of 442 veteran, Terry Shima;
Becca Jackson in honor of Major Orville Shirey, 442 and his wife Maude Shirey;
Allison Janowski; in honor of Calvin Ninomiya, US Army;
Sonny Kusaka, in honor of Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin, longtime patron of JAVA;
Jalyn Matsumoto, in honor of Pvt. Kuwasae Senaha, 442;
Colin Takeda, in honor of past JAVA President and Korean War veteran, Bob Nakamoto;
Jenna Tsuzaki, in honor of Etsu Masaoka, wife of Mike Masaoka and sister of the Honorable Norm Mineta; and
Julia Tsuzaki, in honor of Victor Matsui and his wife Teru, MIS.

JAVA thanks the selection committee: Frank Koye, CDR USN (Ret); Tuck Rosenberry, SC(STS) USN (Ret); Joshua Rigel, USA veteran; Zac Whittaker, USAR.

The annual JAVA scholarship luncheon will be in July 2018. Watch for the invitation and learn how the future of our nation is in great hands with these young individuals at the forefront.


    Upcoming events

      • 14 Jul 2018
      • 11:30 AM
      • Harvest Moon Restaurant, Falls Church VA

       Our July 14 luncheon will feature LTG Jim Huggins (USA, Ret), as speaker. We will also present the 2018 scholarships. Please register here and pay online or bring a check or cash for $20 on the 14th.

      • 13 Oct 2018
      • 11:30 AM
      • Harvest Moon Restaurant, Falls Church VA


    Comprehensive Survey of JAVA's 25-year History Released

    Our research archive (see tab at top of page) now houses an extensive history of the first 25 years of the organization. Please click here to read.

    1946 Speech by Captain Thomas E. Crowley

    Patrick Crowley, the son of Captain Thomas E. Crowley of E Company, 442, recently shared with JAVA a copy of a speech his father gave to different West Coast communities to ease the way for resettlement as interned Japanese Americans returned to their hometowns. In his remarks, Captain Crowley, in an effort to combat anti-Japanese American sentiments, eloquently describes the heroism of Nisei soldiers, and reminds his audience of the ideals of American democracy.  Please read his speech here.

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