The Winter edition of the Advocate is now available here.

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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Dr. Raymond S. Murakami Passes 

Dr. Raymond S. Murakami, Bethesda, MD, a prominent Washington, D.C. dentist, passed away on January 24, 2018.  During his nearly 50 years in dental practice, he served members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, members of the diplomatic community, Hollywood movie stars, and the Japanese American population.  
       He was a member of the ADA, D.C. Dental Society, Federation Dentaire International, and Academy of General Dentistry.  He was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Society (PiPi Chapter) for honorary dental academic achievement.  He was a recipient of the First Student Clinician Award and later became President and a member of the Board of Governors.  He was an American College of Dentists Fellow; a member of the official delegation of the ADA to represent the United States at the first Federation Dentaire International (FDI) held in Japan; and a dental consultant at the U.S. Department of State.  He was a past president of the Maimonides Dental Association.
       Dr. Murakami was born in San Martin, California on May 6, 1927, and during World War II was incarcerated in an internment camp in Tule Lake, California where he attended high school.  He earned his AA from the U.C. Berkeley, BA from UCLA, and his DDS at the College of Dentistry, Howard University, Washington, D.C.  He volunteered for the U.S. Army and was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, and Congressional Gold Medal.
       He was a Life Member and past President of the Japanese American Citizens League (DC Chapter); life member of the Japanese American Veterans Association; and member of the board of the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation.  In recognition of his contributions to the Japanese American community he received the Order of the Rising Sun from the Government of Japan.
       He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Mary Tamaki Murakami; daughters Diane Murakami and Kimi Murakami and her husband Kenley Hoover; and grandchildren, Christopher and Michelle Drake, and Anna and Carolyn Hoover.
        A private interment will be held at a later date.  Donations in Dr. Murakami’s memory may be made to National Japanese Memorial Foundation, 4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW, #106-236, WDC 20016 or to Howard University Dental School at www.howard.edu/give

JAVA Scholarships: Continuing the Legacy of WWII Nisei Military Service and Encouraging Future Military and Public Service

The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) announces its annual scholarship award program for 2018.   The scholarships will continue to benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, advanced undergraduate students, and post graduate and professional education students. 

The scholarships include a $5000 memorial scholarship honoring the late US Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service, a $3000 Founders Scholarship (named for JAVA’s founder, the late Colonel Phil Ishio, USAR, his wife Constance and his son Douglas Ishio), as well as other JAVA memorial scholarships each in the amount of $1500.

Descendants of those who served in the 100th Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service as well as descendants of World War II Nisei soldiers from other units are eligible.  Only in the case of the Senator Inouye scholarship will applications also be accepted from any past or present member of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry.  A current member of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2016 is eligible to apply.  A child of a current JAVA member may also be eligible to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA prior to April 1, 2016.

Special consideration will be given to eligible applicants who demonstrate their lifelong commitment to public and uniformed service leadership for the nation, e.g., participating in military commissioning programs while in college.

The final date for receiving applications will be Friday, April 1, 2018. The names of the awardees will be announced at the annual JAVA scholarship luncheon in July 2018.

Click here to access Application Instructions. READ CAREFULLY.
Click here to access Senator Inouye Memorial Scholarship Application.
Click here to access Founders Scholarship Application.
Click here to access Memorial Scholarships Application.

Smithsonian Institution To Show Minoru Yasui Film for
Day of Remembrance 2018

On Sunday, February 18, there will be a screening and discussion of the film Never Give Up! at the National Museum of American History. The event is free of charge. Please click here to see flyer.

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.

Join APAICS and JACL Members At Arena Stage's Production of "Hold These Truths" on April 3

A block of tickets is available to members of the community to see this outstanding play on April 3, 2018. Click here for details.


Upcoming events

    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 11:30 AM
    • Harvest Moon Restaurant


    • 07 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • National Japanese American Memorial

    10th Annual Speaker Event and Walk. This year is the 30th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 and will be commemorated.

    • 14 Apr 2018
    • Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC


    • 27 May 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • Arlington National Cemetery

    The joint JACL WDC – JAVA Arlington Cemetery program will be on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at 9:30 AM.  There will be a 45-minute program at the Pavilion near the Columbarium, followed by the laying of flowers at the gravesites of some 95 Japanese American and Caucasians who served with Nisei units.

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