21 January 2020 - 24 Tevet 5780 - כ"ד טבת ה' אלפים תש"פ
Shinzo Abe to receive American Jewish Committee’s prestigious ‘Light Unto Nations Award‘ E-mail

American Jewish Committee (AJC) announced in June that it will honour Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with its ‘Light unto the Nations Award’.

The statement was issued during the AJC Global Forum which took place from 2-4 June in Washington, D.C. It is AJC’s highest honour, typically bestowed upon world leaders who exhibit leadership, courage, and principle.

“Steadfast defense of democratic values, and an unwavering commitment to friendship with the United States and Israel, are hallmarks of your leadership and [are] models for other nations to emulate,” said AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute Chair, Jeffrey E. Stone. The AJC award will be presented to Abe later this year.

“Japan is a democratic powerhouse in Asia, an essential ally and partner of the US, a close friend of Israel, and an anchor of stability in a vital part of the world,” Stone added.

AJC, a leading global Jewish advocacy organisation, has uniquely engaged Japan over the past 30 years through its pioneering Asia Pacific Institute (API). Meetings with Prime Minister Abe have occurred regularly during the annual API delegations’ visits to Japan since he assumed office in 2012.

Kiyoto Tsuji, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, briefly addressed the AJC Global Forum. “I would like to express my deep appreciation on the bestowal of the ‘Light Unto the Nations Award’ from AJC to Japan’s Prime Minister Abe. I take the award as a sign of acknowledgement of the leadership that he has shown for many years in promoting the partnership between Japan and the Jewish community, including Israel.”

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