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Japan Imperial Navy Z Plan – Two Nisei Served on Translation Team

Posted on August 9, 2014

An incredible story of how this document came into US hands and was used by US naval commanders in the battle of the Philippines Sea.
This article refers to an 18 page time line of the acquisition and use of the Z Plan available on the JAVA website.

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JAVA Fundraiser to Support Fisher House

Posted on July 26, 2014

For 2014, the JAVA Executive Council has decided to support the Fisher House organization. Since 2013, JAVA has had a program to support selected organizations that provide assistance to American military veterans and their families.

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JAVA Announces Nine Scholarship Winners and $20K Museum Donation

Posted on July 22, 2014

At the July 2014 JAVA Quarterly Lunch, JAVA Announced Nine Scholarship Winners, Irene Hirano Inouye Congratulated the Winners, and JAVA Makes $20K Donation to US Army Museum.

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442nd Combat Medic Kelly Kuwayama passes

Posted on July 4, 2014

Yeiichi “Kelly” Kuwayama, Combat Medic, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, passed away at noon on June 29, 2014. He was 96. He saved Senator Inouye’s life in the Po Valley Campaign.

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The Story of the Golden Cranes of the Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism

Posted on June 8, 2014

Description of the two Golden Cranes of the Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism as written by its sculptor, Nina M. Akamu

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JAVA Celebrated Memorial Day 2014 with events at Arlington Cemetery and March on Constitution Avenue

Posted on June 5, 2014

During the 2014 Memorial Day weekend, the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) participated in the 66th Annual Memorial Day Service at Arlington National Cemetery and in the 9th Annual Memorial Day march on Constitution Avenue

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JAVA President’s statement concerning Secretary Shinseki’s resignation

Posted on May 30, 2014

JAVA President Gerald Yamada released a statement on 05/30/2014 after Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced that he would step down from his post

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Wade Ishimoto Inducted as Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment

Posted on May 13, 2014

JAVA Vice President Wade Ishimoto, Captain, U.S. Army (Ret), was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on April 25, 2014

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JAVA Seeking Donations of Artifacts to the National Museum of the United States Army

Posted on May 10, 2014

JAVA is working closely with the Center for Military History (CMH) and the Army Historical Foundation on exhibits that will relate the history of the Nisei experience during World War II.

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Bob Nakamoto, former JAVA President, Passes

Posted on April 30, 2014

Robert Nakamoto passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2013 at his home in Leesburg, Virginia. Bob was President of JAVA from 2007-2010 and since that time as Chair of JAVA’s Finance Committee.

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100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment Receives JAVA Courage, Honor, Patriotism Award

Posted on April 8, 2014

Commander of The 100th Battalion, 442d Infantry received, on behalf of the 100 BN, 442nd Infantry, the Award for Courage, Honor, Patriotism from JAVA

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National Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk Draws huge Participation; Jodie Bernstein is keynote speaker

Posted on April 7, 2014

The 16th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk, the first major event of the three-weeks long National Cherry Blossom Festival, was held at the National Japanese American World War II Memorial to Patriotism amidst the just blossoming cherry trees on a sunny Spring day, April 5, 2014.

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Teri Takai is Keynote speaker and Ambassador Malott Receives Highest JAVA Award at Quarterly Lunch

Posted on April 1, 2014

JAVA quarterly lunch featured a keynote address by Teresa M. Takai, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense and CIO of the DOD and the presentation of JAVA award to retired Ambassador John R. Malott.

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JAVA offers Nine Scholarships this year. Senator Inouye’s scholarship is $5,000

Posted on March 16, 2014

The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) will be offering nine scholarships for 2014 through its Memorial Scholarship Program.

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Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, JAVA Member

Posted on March 10, 2014

Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, JAVA Member, passed away on March 3, 2014

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Calvin Ninomiya, Esq. – Nisei Veterans activist passes

Posted on March 7, 2014

Calvin Ninomiya, Esq., retired chief counsel of the US Treasury Department Bureau of Public Debt and an official of several major Nisei veterans organizations, passed away on February 28, 2014.

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Day of Remembrance at the Smithsonian Museum on February 19, 2014

Posted on February 19, 2014

On February 19th, 2014, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History held a ceremony marking the return of the Nisei Soldier Congressional Gold Medal.

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JAVA donates $17,500 to The Honor Flight Network

Posted on December 5, 2013

On Veterans Day 2013, JAVA donated $17,500 to The Honor Flight Network (HFN) through JAVA’s “Giving Back Program,” a new fund supporting a veteran’s charity.

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Read More Press Releases


June 14, 2014 JAVA Executive Council meeting. 10:00 AM
July 12, 2014 JAVA Quarterly luncheon at Harvest Moon Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia. 11:30 AM
October 11, 2014 JAVA Executive Council Meeting
November 11, 2014 JAVA Veterans Day Program, National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism, Washington, D.C. 2:00 PM
December 6, 2014 JAVA Executive Council Meeting
January 17, 2015 JAVA Annual Meeting luncheon at Harvest Moon Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia. 11:30 AM


Feature Article -Congressional Gold Medal for members of 442nd RCT, 100th Bn, and MIS


Click here to see what took place in Washington, DC 1-3 Nov 2011 to honor the members of the 442nd RCT, 100th Bn, and the Military Intelligence Service.

View our past Feature Articles - Click Here

Regional organizations are hosting  Congressional Gold Medal events around the country.  See the Calendar events below.



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From Visitors to our Site

"We are doing a history group project about Japanese-American Internment Camps during WWII and were wondering if there are any veterans that are available for us to interview through email. " - Carolyn ceely07_11@yahoo.com


See pictures of the JAVA coin here! Click on image to enlarge.


The JAVA coins are now for sale for $10, plus $1 shipping/handling.  Please send your order to:  JAVA Books, P.O. Box 59, Dunn Loring, VA  22027   Checks should be made out to "JAVA"




 Gold Medal Events

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 Many Thanks to the Generous Donations from our members and friends:

     General Scholarship Fund

Robert F. Nannini (OR)

Ranger Hirabayashi Scholarship Fund

Lynn Bettencourt (PA)

Etsu Masaoka Scholarship Fund

Grant and Amy Ujifusa (NY)

COL PHil Ishio Scholarship Fund

Constance N. Ishio (MD)

JAVA General Fund

Yabitoon Books (CA)
Barabara Gardien (Wash DC)
Bryan Horikami (MD)
Judge Charles and Dorie Kabayashi (CA)
Col Bruce Hollywood, USAF (Ret) VA)

Round Robin and Advocate

CAPT Homer Yasui, USNR (Ret) and Miyuki (OR)

 Regional organizations are holding  Congressional Gold Medal programs as per schedule below:


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