Connecting those who have served in Japan
JUMP Hosted Events in D.C., Pensacola, and New Orleans
Left photo: RADM Pringle and MG Sugai at Washington, D.C. JUMP event on October 15. 
Right photo: Dr. Cynthia Watson and Dr. Akimoto.

JUMP Washington, D.C.: On October 15, JUMP hosted a seminar at the National War College titled “U.S.-Japan Partnership on Strengthening Economic Architecture in Asia.” The seminar opened with a speech on the event by Mr. Ryan Shaffer, President of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC), and featured a panel of distinguished experts who spoke about the confluence of defense and economic interests of the Japan-U.S. alliance: Ambassador Kurt Tong of the Asia Group; Dr. Mireya Solis of Brookings Institution; and Minister Shinichi Saida of the Embassy of Japan. Dr. Cynthia Watson, Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, National War College was the moderator. Rear Admiral Cedric E. Pringle, National War College Commandant welcomed the attendees both in person and online and Major General Hiroyuki Sugai of the Embassy of Japan gave keynote remarks.
Due to restrictions implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19, the event had a limited in-person portion held at Roosevelt Hall for students and staff of the National War College. However, the event was also streamed online for all JUMP members to attend. We had around 40 in-person and over 120 virtual attendees. To view photos from the event, please visit the JUMP website.

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Photo: (L to R from top) Capt. Cuilik, Ms. Honda, RADM. Cozad, MG Sugai. Hon. Hirata, Dr. Akimoto, Ms. Shoji, Mr. Kelly, Mr. Saito, and Mr. Robinson.
JUMP Pensacola: On October 31, JUMP hosted an intimate policy briefing with our partners, the Japan-America Society (JAS) of Northwest Florida. The event provided 40 of our loyal members with a cutting-edge policy analysis about the state of the alliance from experts in the field. The event was opened with a speech by Capt. Bill Cuilik, USN Ret., JAS of Northwest Florida President. Keynote speeches were followed by MG Hiroyuki Sugai, Defense and Air Attache from Embassy of Japan, Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, USAF Ret., Former Commander, U.S Southern Command, and Hon. Kenji Hirata, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Miami. The event was concluded with speeches by RADM. Kyle Cozad, USN Ret. President, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, and Mr. Peter Kelly, President of National Association of JAS. Our appreciation also goes to Ms. Shigeko Honda, Executive Director of JAS of Northwest Florida.
This was a free online event exclusively for members of the armed services and government civilians who have served in Japan. For more information about the event, please visit the JUMP website.

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Photo: (L to R from top) Ms. Fraiche, MG Sugai, Dr. Akimoto, Mr. Kelly, RDML Kelly, Mr. Turner, Ms. Shoji, and Ms. Fukushima.
On December 17, the JUMP was pleased to host a special virtual event in partnership with the Japan Society of New Orleans (JSNO), the National Association of Japan-America Societies, and the Embassy of Japan in the United States. Moderated by Mr. Mike Turner, President of the JSNO, the event featured a wide variety of speakers from the U.S. and Japan. The Honorable Kayoko Fukushima, Consul General of Japan in Nashville, and Ms. Donna Fraiche, Honorary Consul to Japan, offered welcoming remarks, followed by comments by Major General Hiroyuki Sugai, Defense Attaché at the Embassy of Japan, and Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jamie Kelly, Former Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Japan, on the U.S.-Japan alliance and security dynamics in the Indo-Pacific. Dr. Satohiro Akimoto, Director of JUMP, Chairman of the Board, and President of Sasakawa USA, was also on hand to discuss the missions of JUMP and Sasakawa USA and their continued commitment to strong U.S.-Japan relations.

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JUMP is Hosting Upcoming Events in New Orleans, Honolulu, and Seattle
Save the Date: JUMP has several upcoming events in the new year including our annual events in Washington and Hawai'i.

JUMP Seattle is currently planned to be held on January 23, 2021. This event will be held in cooperation with the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington. Details are forthcoming.

JUMP Honolulu is currently planned to be held on February 13, 2021. This event will be held in cooperation with the Japan-America Society of Hawai'i. Details are forthcoming.

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Submit your photo to JUMP’s sixth annual #HolidaysinJapan photo contest
JUMP is holding its sixth annual #HolidaysinJapan photo contest. We are gathering photos that show how Americans celebrate the holidays — past and present — while stationed in Japan. The #HolidaysinJapan photo contest is open to JUMP members of all ages and skill levels.
For many service members and their families, celebrating the holidays in Japan is a highlight of their tour in Japan. The season provides many opportunities to leave base and explore, to view spectacular light displays in cities and parks or sample takoyaki and yakisoba while browsing for shime-kazari at outdoor New Year’s markets. On base, neighbors compete for the most spirited holiday display in their front yards and make the effort to share American traditions with their Japanese friends.
Please note that by submitting your photos to a JUMP photo contest, you are giving permission for them to be used on the JUMP website and social media. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to view photos from earlier contests and to see this year's winning entries.

How to Enter
Join the JUMP network. Only JUMP members will be eligible to win. If you are not already a member, click here to sign up
Submit your photo. Post your photo on Facebook or Twitter and tag it with @JUMProgram and #HolidaysinJapan. Only one photo submission per JUMP member allowed.

The deadline for submissions is January 22, 2021.

The winners will receive a gift card ranging from $100 - $25, and will see their photos featured on the JUMP website and social media accounts. We will also display our favorite submissions in an online photo gallery.

Photo: Last year’s #HolidaysinJapan winning entry of Mount Fuji by Joni Abando. 
SPFUSA Publishes New Alliance Related Papers
In the last two months, our partners at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (Sasakawa USA) have published numerous papers related to the Japan-U.S. alliance. We at JUMP believe that the content would interest our members. Please check these out and let us know what you think.

In his new article, Mr. Adam Morrow, Sasakawa USA Associate Program Officer, describes the importance and challenge of monitoring the massive ocean areas of Pacific Island states. With a combined marine area the size of the contiguous United States, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are in need of assistance to maintain the safety and security of this vast blue space. Mr. Morrow discusses how newly available technologies as well as the close relationships shared by the United States and Japan with the Freely Associated States place them in a critical position to assist and promote a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.

In this special feature, Ambassador James Zumwalt, Sasakawa USA Distinguished Senior Fellow (Non-Resident), provides an in-depth analysis of the foreign policy positions of the new Suga administration in Tokyo. He explains how and why Prime Minister Suga will continue strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance alongside an incoming Biden administration. Our alliance has been sustained and strengthened despite partisan changes in both countries. However, the geopolitical challenges to our alliance have grown stronger than ever before. In times of great uncertainty, our countries work together and that is what Suga and Biden will do.

For more publications, visit the Sasakawa USA website.
Our partners at the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) have continued the YCAPS-JUMP webinar series that started back on May 16th with seven more events over October and November. All of the links below have full recaps and we encourage our members to read up on the fascinating and intellectually stimulating work that YCAPS has been doing.

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JUMP welcomes John Seymour as New Associate Program Officer
In November, former program assistant Mr. Troy Robinson departed, and Mr. John Seymour began his role as JUMP’s Associate Program Officer. Mr. Seymour helps coordinate program finances, events, and communications. Prior to joining Sasakawa USA and JUMP, he completed internships at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Japan Chair, Asia Pacific Initiative in Tokyo, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

The next YCAPS-JUMP webinar will take place on January 13 at 6:30 PM JST, titled "In the Dragon's Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century.

Please stay tuned to our website and the YCAPS website for more information on future seminars.
JUMP Spotlight Series: Tell us your stories!

JUMP's Spotlight Series profiles U.S. service members and spouses who are serving or have served in Japan who have interesting stories of their time overseas.

If you're interested in sharing your experiences. Please check out the submission guidelines on the JUMP website.
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