Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI)

Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) is a non-profit organization established in 1981 to address the social services needs of persons of Japanese ancestry in the Greater New York area. JASSI is the only professional social services agency for the Japanese community in the East Coast.

While Japanese community is considered to have relative low prevalence rates of viral hepatitis by health agencies in the U.S, hepatitis C and its complications are the leading cause of liver cancer in Japan.  Japan has the highest rates of liver cancer in industrialized countries.  HCV is the 4th leading cause of death among Japanese men and the 5th leading cause of mortality among Japanese women.  It is important to educate the community on viral hepatitis B and C.

JASSI’s bilingual staff members and cadre of volunteers stand ready to offer a culturally sensitive source of support. JASSI assists individuals with issues ranging from immigration, housing, and government benefits, to health and labor-related issues, providing either information or direct services.

See the journal article on rise of Hep C in Japan- Yellow Blood: Hepatitis C and the Modernist Settlement in Japan. The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 18, No. 1, May 5, 2014.

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