The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc., a community based organization founded in 1907, is very pleased to participate in the Inaugural JAA Japan Rising Golf Tournament with its underwriting co-sponsors, Morgan Stanley and MUFG.
Over the past century, JAA has been actively involved in both the local and world community.
As part of its continuing efforts to lend a hand to Japanese and Japanese Americans, JAA has undertaken significant relief efforts for those affected by the triple earthquake, tsunami and radiation disasters of March 11, 2011.
Signs of recovery can be seen in some areas of Tohoku such as the city of Sendai, but the devastation along the coastline has yet to be dealt with.
If one travels to the region, the extent of the destruction is not to be believed. The tsunami ravaged a coastal area that is equivalent to the area between Boston and Washington, D.C.
Many people are still in temporary housing, younger people have left the area to find employment, communities are dealing with issues of family and job loss, and there are many instances of depression and inability to cope.
JAA has visited with Tohoku based NGOs and NPOs and continues to identify viable, sustainable organizations with which JAA can partner in the long term.
Along with other organizations in the New York area and the United States, JAA is focusing on efforts that provide the maximum leverage.
Among these efforts is encouraging the development of leadership skills, education exchange and revitalization of the Tohoku economy to foster self reliance among the residents of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.
JAA appreciates the efforts of Morgan Stanley and MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) in this endeavor.
Recognizing that the needs of those affected in the Tohoku region of Japan are very long term, JAA and its partners, Morgan Stanley and MUFG, hope that you will participate as a sponsor of this Inaugural Tournament and other activities initiated by JAA so that we may continue to help our friends and families in Japan.
Please view our website, www.JAANY.org, for continually updated information about our relief activities.
Inaugural JAA Japan Rising Golf Tournament