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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 News

The American School in Japan is pleased to announce that high school seniors Emma Cattell and An-Chi Tsai jointly received the third Strength and Courage Award. This award was created by the Board of Directors to recognize the strength and courage of the survivors of Jack Moyer’s abuse and is presented yearly to an ASIJ student who has displayed extraordinary courage and personal strength in the area of service either in or out of school. The award is ¥1 million and will be split among the recipients to go towards their future higher education. (read more)


Gene Fukui '10 was recently interviewed for billboard as a member of the "queer pop duo" TWINKIDS, along with Matt Young. The article explores Gene and Matt's J-pop inspired style, songwritng process and the perspectives they take on in their lyrics. (read more)

John Seevers (FF '77-'17, AP '91-'96, '96-'06)  writes that on Saturday, March 3 the Yale University baseball team played the University of Virginia. Tyler Sapsford '16 was the designated hitter for Yale while Justin Novak '14 played second base for the University of Virginia. Evidently Tyler pitched the last two innings for Yale. "The last out of the game was made with Justin potentially being the on-deck hitter. Amazing the two were playing against each other, but would have been really something if Tyler actually pitched to Justin."

Kerry Nichols (FF '87-'08) recently conducted an alumni-authored musical piece in Flordia. Andrew Melton '94 wrote the four-movement piece titled Train Through Hokkaido, which is made up of Japanese folk tunes including Soran Bushi. The orchestra that Kerry conducted is called The Villages Pops Orchestra. Andrew says, "I wanted to write something with a Japan connection, because Kerry was commissioning it, and, as I researched tunes, I was drawn to melodies from Northern Japan. Kerry was great—leading the orchestra and flute choir in The Villages, a huge retirement community outside Orlando, Florida."

Down East, "The Magazine of Maine" featured Lois Lowry '54 in an article on their site titled My Favorite Place. Lois has written more than 40 books for children and young adults, has been awarded the Newbery Medal twice. In addition to her feature, Lois turned 81 and published a new edition of Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye in March. (read more)


In Memoriam

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

Hisao Matsumoto (AP ‘69-’77) passed away peacefully in Ashburn, VA on February 13, 2018. He celebrated his 89th birthday with his family present two days earlier. His wife, Reiko Matsumoto (FF ‘71-’74, AP ‘69-’77), passed away peacefully two years earlier in March 2016. He is survived by three children Kent Matsumoto ’78, Mimi Backhausen ’79, Dr Cal Matsumoto ’80 and three grandchildren.

Deepak R. Bakshi ‘88, 47, of Atlanta, Georgia died suddenly in an accident on March 24, 2018. He cared for others before himself and lived life to the fullest. He is survived by his parents, Ramesh and Vijaya (AP ‘86-’89) and his sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Pratima Bakshi and Dr Ravi Joshi.

Verlie Anne Skillman (FF '71-'72, AP '58-'72) of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the age of 88. She was the wife of the late John Skillman (FF '52-'53, AP '58-'72, BOD '58-'72); mother of Alan McKenzie Skillman '70, Jenny Skillman Davis '72, Theodore Martin Skillman '73, Elizabeth Skillman Mallozzi '76 and Andrew Mark Skillman '79. A memorial service was held at Riderwood Chapel in Silver Spring, MD, on Saturday, December 9.

Please see the Alumni News Archive for previously listed obituaries.


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