Conferment of Decoration The Late Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye
Embassy of Japan
May 19, 2020
Conferment of Decoration
The Late Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye
On May 19, 2020 (Japan Time), the Government of Japan announced the conferment of the Imperial Decoration upon Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye, who passed away in April. The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon will be conferred in recognition of her contributions to promoting friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.
SUMMARY OF CONTRIBUTIONS
Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye served as President and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum from 1988 to 2008 and as President of the U.S.-Japan Council from 2009. She exercised superb leadership within the Japanese-American community. She broadly shared the history of Japanese-Americans with people in both Japan and the United States and actively promoted various people-to-people exchange programs such as the Japanese American Leadership Delegation and the KAKEHASHI Project. She made significant progress in the relations between Japan and Japanese-Americans, and greatly contributed to promoting friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States as a bridge between the two nations.
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