Preparations for establishing AHAN Japan Branch Office of Aikido Nippon Kan, a U.S. Non-Profit Organization:

Kreg Lyles

Aikido Nippon Kan’s AHAN Initiatives have been providing educational, medical and humanitarian support for the people in need mainly in Asia, and efforts have been made for the past several years to select a location to establish a branch office in Japan, “NPO (Non-Profit Organization) AHAN Nippon Kan Japan (tentatively named)”, in support of a vision to continue expanding various AHAN initiatives in Asia.

One of the final locations for such Japan branch office is Higashi Naruse village in a northeastern region of Japan as the village has collaborated with Nippon Kan in the U.S. for nearly the past 30 years on various cultural exchange programs, and Homma Kancho and a group of supporters in Japan visited the village to learn from village officials the latest situation of the village in terms of developments and education, etc.

Much gratitude should be expressed to the village Mayor Sasaki and a team of his staffs and everyone in the village for their strong support.

A final location for “NPO (Non-Profit Organization) AHAN Nippon Kan Japan (tentatively named)” will be decided with advice from a group of supporters with diverse backgrounds such as former consuls to Consulate General of Japan in Denver, former expatriates to the U.S. and other countries for Japanese companies, those who have studied outside of Japan for higher degrees, and a journalist, etc.

It’s worth noting that a group of delegates from the city of Salida of the state of Colorado of the U.S.A. will be visiting Higashi Naruse village in late-May to mark the start of various projects that aim to foster the city of Salida and Higashi Naruse village to learn from each other to better capitalize on their rich natural resources to further promote the extent river tourism that both municipalities have to offer.