Embassy of Japan
May 1, 2017
On April 29th, 2017 (Japan Time/JST), the Government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2017 Spring Imperial Decorations. Mr. James A. Kelly is among this year’s foreign recipients, and in recognition of his contributions towards strengthening the relationship and friendship between Japan and the United States of America, he will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
SUMMARY OF CONTRIBUTIONS
Mr. Kelly served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2001 to 2005. As Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Kelly placed a priority on the stabilization of the Northeast Asian region through cooperation among allies, which thereby contributed to maintaining and strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance. Furthermore, Mr. Kelly is knowledgeable about Japan, and has made significant contributions to strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance as well as promoting the understanding of Japan in the U.S. in his capacity as President of Pacific Forum CSIS and other prestigious positions.
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