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.

2019: Irene Hirano Inouye

On May 13, 2019, Irene Hirano Inouye received the Sun & Star Legacy Award for her work with the U.S.-Japan Council, the Japanese American National Museum, and numerous other community groups in her long career. Dallas Kiyari Daiko, a local taiko drumming group with over a quarter century of history, received the Bridges-to-Friendship Award. This event generated the highest revenue and had the highest attendance – over 520 guests – since the award dinner began in the late 1990s. Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines, was the Honorary Host.

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2018: Hideaki Ohmura

Mr. Hideaki OhmuraGovernor of Aichi Prefecture, received the Sun & Star Legacy Award for fostering cooperation and friendship between the two countries, specifically between Aichi Prefecture and the State of Texas. Mr. Shinsuke TakahashiChairman of the Board and Head of Government Relations for NEC Corporation of America, received the Bridges-to-Friendship Award for his contributions to North Texas-Japan relations as President & CEO at NEC’s Irving headquarters from 2014 to 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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