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Update from the Board of Directors on the Ropes & Gray Report:

June 24, 2017 Child Safeguarding Update
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


We are excited to announce two new alumni events this Fall! ASIJ will be hosting a morning golf tournament for community members on September 27, as well as a Tokyo Alumni Reception that evening. Be on the lookout for more information on these events.

Bobak Ferdowsi '97 was on campus last week for the annual ASIJ Space Conference hosted by the Space Club! Bobak is a systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is most known for his work on the Mars Curiosity mission. Bobak was one of four speakers to present at the Space Conference and his visit was made possible by the ASIJ PTA.

In addition to the Space Conference, Bobak also spoke to various high school science classes and gave a special presentation during our middle school assembly for students in grades 6-8. All of the students really enjoyed hearing from Bobak and learning about his time here at ASIJ as well as his work at NASA!


After visiting ASIJ in March with his comics-making workshops, Matt Smith FF '10-'12, visited the American School of Doha in Qatar where he worked with another former ASIJ teacher: Beth Karnitz FF '07-'13. Beth taught fourth and fifth grade at ASIJ and her husband, Craig Karnitz FF '07-'14, was an elementary PE teacher. Check out Matt's Website here!

The Baker Street Irregulars announced the release of Canon Law: Lawyers, Law and the Sherlockian Canon which was co-edited by William Walsh '80. According the BSI, the book offers a look into British law during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, applies those laws to different tales from the Sherlock Holmes canon and provides additional articles on the British legal system. The book can be found here.

Mei Sun Li '56, Ann Li '58, Heather McCune Thompson '57 and Barbara Leckie Collins '56 get together annually and reminisce about their experiences at ASIJ during their high school years. This year they met in Dana Point in Southern California where Liz Risko '59 lives, as they are all currently Californians! Pictured left to right: Ann Li, Heather McCune Thompson, Liz Risko, Barbara Leckie Collins, and Mei Sun Li.      

Classmates from 1976 (and one from '78) got together in Tokyo last May, and had a mini reunion! The group enjoyed re-connecitng and hope to make a trip back to Tokyo soon. Pictured above left to right: front row Chisa Hara Fujita '76, Hideko Douchin-Takasaki '76, Noriko Furuya '76, Cristina Sindicic-Cherubini '76, Ken Kurosu '76, Mami Hayashi-Inoue ‘78 and Elaine Scolinos Kusaba '76


Rida Sadler '86 is pictured here with her three children, all recent ASIJ grads! – Zenon Sadler '19, Liona Sadler '19 and Egan Sadler '19. The triplets all graduated early this year and have been attending Auckland University. Egan and Zenon are studying law and Liona is pursuing a business degree. Rida is looking forward to having them all back in Tokyo this week!

Sayuri Hayakawa '04 recently wrote the article "How Language Shapes the Brain" in Scientific American which examines the study of multiple languages and the effect it has on the human brain. Read her full article here.

A group of close friends from the class of '05 and '06 recently got together in Tokyo with their families! Alumni Pictured: Shinnosuke Barakan '06, Kahn Fukui '06, Kazuma Matsuoka '06, Sam Shin '06, Jason Talbot '05, Jimmy Talbot '06, Tats Izumi '05.

In Memoriam

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

Samuel Benjamin Grossberg '03 born July 21, 1985, passed away on April 27, 2019 surrounded by family and friends.

Steven Gloede '74 passed away peacefully with his family by his side in San Diego, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Find more information here.


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