20 November 2019 - 22 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ב חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
AJC David Harris honoured by Japan E-mail

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs honoured American Jewish Committee (AJC) CEO David Harris with its prestigious Foreign Minister Commendation, one of Japan’s highest honours presented to foreign citizens.

“It is for his hard work, his essential contributions to [relations between Japanese and Jewish people], and unwavering dedication that we are here to honour him,” said Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi, the Consul General of Japan to New York, who presented the award during a special ceremony at his residence last month.

In attendance were AJC lay leaders, staff, and family of Harris, along with diplomatic staff from the Japanese Consulate. Japan is the 12th country to honour Harris’s global work in building bridges of friendship and co-operation.

The certificate of commendation, hand-written by Foreign Minister Taro Kono, notes that the award is “in recognition of his distinguished services in contributing to the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through his contributions to promote relations between Japan and the Jewish community”.

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