Embassy of Japan
April 29, 2014
On April 29th, 2014 (Japan Time), the Government of Japan announced the recipients of the 2014 Spring Imperial Decorations. Among the recipients is Doctor Hiroshi Nakazawa, who will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in recognition of his significant contributions to the development of medical exchange between Japan and the United States.
Doctor Nakazawa has tremendously contributed to the medical exchange between Japan and the United States. He was the first Japanese to ever become a President of a city’s medical society (city of Baltimore), and he also became the Vice President of the Maryland State Medical Association. This contributed to widening the role of Japanese medical practitioners in the United States. Furthermore, from 2007, Dr. Nakazawa became the President of the National Acupuncture medical association. Because of Dr. Nakazawa’s active contribution, he opened doors for more and more Japanese medical practitioners to be able to proactively play part in the US.
For a long time, Dr. Nakazawa has been active in volunteer work as well. He was given an award in 1987 from President Ronald Regan (an award for outstanding Asian Americans who contributed to society). He also received a volunteer award from the Maryland Medical Association in 1989. He has also received Foreign Minister’s award for the contribution of promoting Japanese societal status in the US from Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi in 2004.
Dr. Nakazawa has also played a large role in promoting grassroots exchange between the two countries, by becoming the first Chairman of the Baltimore-Kawasaki Sister City Committee. In 2010, he became the "Honorary Goodwill Ambassador of the City of Kawasaki" to the city of Baltimore. Now he is contributing to the exchange between the two cities as an advisor to the committee.
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