Atlanta, Dec 4, 2015 — The Consulate General of Japan celebrates the Emperor of Japan’s birthday at the residence of Consulate General of Japan in Buckhead. Over 200 distinguished guests including Congressman Tom Price, Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens, business leaders, community leaders and mayors of several major cities in metropolitan Atlanta attended the ceremony.
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito celebrates his 82nd birthday on December 23. His Imperial Majesty birthday is a public holiday in Japan.
In conjunction with the birthday celebration, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces its decision to award the Foreign Minister's Commendations in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War with the United States of America to 28 individuals and 14 groups in recognition of their outstanding achievements in promoting of friendship between Japan and the United States of America.
Four individuals from the southeastern region were presented with Certificates of Commendations for their contribution to promoting friendship between U.S. and Japan by Consul General Kazuo Sunaga.
Mr. E. Alex Gregory
Chairman, President & CEO, YKK Corporation of America; Chairman Emeritus, Japan Society of GA; Director, Board of Directors
Contributed to promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States through various activities that include leadership at organizations such as Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Japan America Society, JapanFest, Inc., establishing a group serving as cross-cultural bridge, supporting sister-city exchange and local cherry-blossom festivals.
Ms. Sachi Koto
President, Sachi Koto Communications, Inc.
Founder/President, Who's Who in Asian American Communities
Contributed to promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States through leadership roles at major non-profit organizations in Atlanta.
Ms. Miyuki Johnson
Japanese teacher, Elkins Pointe Middle School
Contributed to promoting Japanese language education and understanding of Japan as a middle school Japanese teacher.
Ms. Fumie Kato
Associate Professor of Japanese, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Contributed to development of Japanese language studies and academic exchanges between Japan and the United States at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Consul General Kazuo Sunaga led a toast of sake in honor of the Emperor of Japan’s birthday celebration with guests for the evening.
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