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Update from the Board of Directors on the Ropes & Gray Report:
September  3, 2015  Announcement of the Strength & Courage Scholarship Award
July 27, 2015 Update from the Board of Directors
(Japanese translation of Ropes & Gray Report)
June 15, 2015 Update from the Board of Directors
June 5, 2015 Update from the Board of Directors



Alumni Updates

Welcome to our newest alumni, the Class of 2016! On Friday, June 3, the Class of 2016 walked through the campus, visiting each area of school, taking photos and thanking the many people who supported them throughout the years. This ASIJ tradition, the “Senior Walk,” ended when the soon-to-be graduates walked through the historic gate and moved towards a path of class stones, dating back to 1959. Each senior ceremoniously walked the path, reflecting on their own time as high school students, to reach the latest addition: the 2016 class stone. (read more)

The high school student courtyard will be undergoing a variety of enhancements over the next two years, while still preserving the historic icons currently within the space. The improvements will take place in two phases, during Summer 2016 and Summer 2017.

Phase I will begin in June. Items such as gifts and class stones will be cataloged and removed from the courtyard while foundations are laid for canopies, which will provide covered seating for this highly-frequented part of campus. (read more)

The Alumni Council spring dinner was held at the Early Learning Center in Roppongi on May 20. This year they honored attending faculty Gene Witt and Marsha Rosenberg, who are departing ASIJ after many years of service and dedication, as well as retiring head of school Ed Ladd. The Alumni Council has a practice to honor faculty and staff members who have served ASIJ for an extended period of time, 20 years or more. This year there were eight faculty and staff members who served 20 years or more. (view photos)

Rosemary Cakebread '75, owner of Gallica Wines in Napa Valley, recently participated in an interview with Post Magazine. The article focuses on her career in the wine industry and the inspiration to start making her own wine. Rosemary also spoke briefly with Post Magazine on her time as a student in Japan. (read more)

Jennifer Rizzotti '92 was featured The Washington Post on April 15. Having recently accepted the opportunity to coach the women's basketball team for George Washington University, the article details Rizzotti's decision to leave the University of Hartford after seventeen seasons and her legacy in basketball. (read more)

The Agora Gallery's latest exhibition, Elixir of Nature, currently features works by Joan Shimabukuro '80 along with 17 additional artists. The artists chosen for this exhibition "depict how nature can relate to us in unique ways. From abstraction to photorealism, each artist is able to bring these representations of nature to life." Today is the last day that Joan's work is on display at Agora Gallery in New York. (read more) (Joan's profile)

Kojiro Umezaki '86 recently participated in the making of the film Paper Lanterns by providing shakuhachi music for the project. Paper Lanterns is a film following Shigeaki Mori as he finds the families and tells the stories of Americans who were lost to the atomic bombs. (read more)

James Riney '07 was recently interviewed by the ACCJ's The Journal as head of 500 Startups Japan and one of Forbes 30 under 30 Aisa. In the interview, James touches on topics such as his career path, the state of venture capital, and how he plans to transform entrepreneurship in Japan. (read more)

Becky (Nao) Koblitz, '71, is currently working in Beijing as a lawyer, specializing in antitrust law. She recently published "The Practitioner's Guide to Antitrust in China," which is geared towards the general practitioner, and contains tips and observations about Chinese enforcement. (read more)


In Memoriam

We are sad to say our goodbyes to the following community member:

Margaret (Meg) Hulbert FF '80-'83 passed away on March 27, 2016 after battling multiple myeloma. She is survived by her three children: Alexandra Hulbert '88, Peter Hulbert and Penny Hulbert. (read more)

Please see the Alumni News Archive for previously listed obituaries.


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