Most of the Arctic, like most of the world, is commonly owned. With ownership comes the obligation to manage our resources for the benefit of the total. To do that, we must understand the reality, the richness, and the responsibility of the North.

– Governor Walter J. Hickel, Founder

Alaska Stands with Japan

Alaska stands with Japan in its hour of need

On Tuesday, April 19 from 5 – 7 pm, Alaskans of all backgrounds and walks of life will gather at the Hotel Captain Cook to reflect on over 50 years of Alaska-Japan friendship, which began with Alaska Kai and Alaska Nippon Kai in the 1950s. 

Since then, we have continued a strong relationship, demonstrated by the on-going annual Alaska/Japan youth and cultural exchanges, outstanding “Sister City” relations, the Sand Lake Japanese Immersion School, Taiko Drumming teams at Sand Lake and East High, and the Japanese American Citizens League, Anchorage. Not to mention the fact that Japan is Alaska’s premier trade partner.

Join us as Alaska stands with Japan to express our condolences, our compassion and our concern for the earthquake and tsunami victims and their families and to demonstrate our commitment to assist with Japan’s recovery.

Register at the Institute of the North. The $25 cost covers room rental and appetizers, with all other costs donated by individuals and organizations.

Opportunities to donate to assist Japan will be present at the reception, including the American Red Cross for Japan and the Japan Relief Fund Alaska.

This event organized - and time and resources donated - by the following organizations:

  • World Trade Center of Alaska
  • The Institute of the North
  • Bridge Builders of Anchorage
  • Commonwealth North
  • Japan Relief Fund of Alaska
  • (many more to come)

Co-Chairs Malcolm Roberts and Greg Wolf

For questions or more information, or to volunteer, contact Greg Wolf - (907) 278-7233 -


*Derivative Photo by Claymore: Creative Commons & Wikimedia