Our premier corporate event. The Japan-America Society recognizes exceptional contributions to U.S.-Japan relations by presenting two awards at the annual spring gala. The Sun & Star Legacy Award honors an individual who has enhanced the U.S.-Japan relationship in the international arena. The Bridges-to-Friendship Award honors an individual or organization that embodies our mission in the community. Attended by hundreds, the Award Dinner is a prime opportunity to meet key players – Japanese and American executives, dignitaries, and political leaders – in the fast-growing Texas-Japan relationship.
2017: Yoshihiko Miyauchi
The Japan-America Society presented Senior Chairman Yoshihiko Miyauchi of ORIX Group with the Sun & Star Legacy Award on April 4, 2017. Mark Berry, Chairman of the Dallas-Sendai Committee, received the Bridges-to-Friendship Award. We welcomed more than 500 guests — the largest turnout in the event’s 20-year history. Ambassador & Mrs. J. Thomas Schieffer served as Honorary Hosts.
2016: Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
On April 25, 2016, Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki received the Sun & Star Legacy Award for his extraordinary service as Ambassador of Japan to the United States (2008-2012). The Bridges-to-Friendship Award was presented to the Fort Worth Japanese Society. Sean and Susan Donohue served as Honorary Hosts. More than 420 guests from 125 companies attended – reflecting the growing interest in U.S.-Japan relations in North Texas.
2015: Yoshiyuki Kasai
On April 20, 2015, the Sun & Star Legacy Award was presented to Yoshiyuki Kasai, Chairman Emeritus of the Central Japan Railway Company, for his commitment to bringing true high-speed rail service to the U.S. Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller received the Bridges-to-Friendship Award for sharing their collection of samurai armor with the community. Ambassador and Mrs. J. Thomas Schieffer served as Honorary Hosts.