Japan America Society of Southern California

   Building Japan-America Relationships Since 1909

KOKUSAI SHIMIN SHO 

"International Citizens Award"


Shohei Ohtani and Marie Kondo honored with the Kokusai Shimin Sho at the 110th Gala, July 11, 2019.

KOKUSAI SHIMIN SHO

Award Recipients

The perpetual Kokusai Shimin Sho “International Citizens Award” (known until 1988 as the "Victor M. Carter Award") is presented at the Japan America Society of Southern California’s Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebrations.

The Award honors and recognizes “individuals, businesses or organizations that have substantively and significantly enhanced the Japan–United States relationship and that are committed to the strengthening of bonds between the two nations.” Please see the list of past Honorees below (Titles indicate position at the time award received).

Arts, Culture, Literature and Sport
  • The Disneyland® Resort
  • Taylor Anderson, JET Programme Assistant Language Teacher (Awarded Posthumously) 
  • James Clavell, Best-selling Novelist, Screenwriter and Director
  • Rod Dedeaux, Legendary USC Coach; "Coach of the Century"; Co-Founder, U.S.-Japan College Baseball Championship Series
  • Montgomery "Monty" Dickson, JET Programme Assistant Language Teacher (Awarded Posthumously) 
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
  • Renzo Ishii, Legendary Waseda University Player and Coach; Co-Founder, U.S.-Japan College Baseball Championship Series
  • Kitaro, Grammy and Golden Globe Award Winning Composer and Musician
  • Marie KondoBest-selling Author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and hit Netflix series inspiring home makeovers, helping American families clear out the clutter -- and choose joy.  
  • Tommy Lasorda, Legendary Coach and Special Advisor to the Chairman, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Shohei OhtaniMLB’s first two-way player since Babe Ruth, Angels Baseball Pitcher and Hitter, and 2018 MLB Rookie of the Year
  • Etsuko and Joe D. Price, Founders, Shin’enkan Foundation, Recipients, 2006 Japan Foundation Award
  • Takuma Sato, FIrst Japanese Race Car Driver to win and IndyCar Race and first to win the iconic Indianapolis 500
Government
  • Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Forces of “OPERATION TOMODACHI”
  • Ambassador James D. Hodgson, 22nd United States Ambassador to Japan and Chairman Emeritus, JASSC
  • Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, Government of Japan
  • Ambassador John V. Roos, 29th United States Ambassador to Japan
  • Ambassador Taizo Watanabe, Government of Japan
  • Governor Pete Wilson, State of California
International Business
  • Seiichiro Akita, Executive Officer, Head of Asian Corporate Banking, MUFG Americas Holdings
  • Yukiatsu Akizawa, President and CEO, am/pm Japan Company, Ltd.
  • C. Michael Armstrong, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
  • Walter F. Beran, Co-Chairman Emeritus, Ernst & Young LLP and Chairman Emeritus, JASSC
  • Philip M. Condit, Chairman and CEO, The Boeing Company
  • Yoshikazu Hanawa, Chairman and CEO, Nissan Motor Company, Ltd.
  • Russell Hanlin, Jr., President, Sunkist Growers, Inc.
  • Yoshi Inaba, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
  • Dr. Kazuo Inamori, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Kyocera Corporation
  • Takashi Kiuchi, Chairman and CEO, Mitsubishi America Corporation and Co-Vice Chair Emeritus, JASSC
  • Minoru Makihara, Chairman, Mitsubishi International Corporation
  • Tomo Mizutani, President, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc.
  • Akira Ohno, Chairman Emeritus, Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Edward Perron, Firm-wide Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Chairman Emeritus, JASSC
  • Richard Rosenberg, Chairman and CEO, Bank of America
  • Tasuku Takagaki, Chairman, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
  • Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Kazuhiro Tsuga, CEO, Panasonic Corporation
  • Takuji Yamada, President & CEO, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Airlines that Bridge Southern California and Japan
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Japan Airlines
  • United Airlines
Ports that Serve as “Gateways Across the Pacific”
  • Port of Hueneme
  • Port of Long Beach
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Port of Kobe


Victor M. Carter Award

Award Recipients

Victor M. Carter Award Recipients were all Community Leaders of the Greater Los Angeles Area who have Fostered and Perpetuated Friendship and Understanding between the United States and Japan

Sakaye Aratani, JASSC Vice President (1965-1983) and Founder, JASSC Annual Japan America Golf Classic (1968)

Roy L. Ash, Co-Founder, Litton Industries

Hans H. Baerwald, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Political Science, UCLA; Internationally recognized scholar of Japanese politics

Will Hippen, Jr., President, San Diego-Yokohama Friendship Board; Founder of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego and Honorary Consul General of Japan in San Diego

Madame Maria Hodgson

Sara Hopkins and Yvonne Fedderson, Co-Founders, Childhelp

Yutaka Katayama, First President, Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A.

Koichi Kawana, Professor and Lecturer at UCLA on Japanese art, environmental design, and Japanese landscape/architecture

Akira Kikukawa, Founder & Music Director, Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra of L.A.

Sydney Kronenthal, Founder & Director, Parks, Recreation & Human Services, Culver City and Founder of the Culver - Kaizuka Sister City City Relationship in 1965

Frank Kuwahara, Founder, L.A. Wholesale Flower Terminal of So. Calif. Growers, Inc.; Producer, Descanso’s Japanese Garden

John C. McHose, Founding partner of the major California law firm, Lillick & McHose (today known as PIllsbury Winghrop Shaw Pittman LLP).  McHose was a West Coast pioneer of maritime and international law.  He was one of the first American lawyers to represent Japanese business interests in California

Muriel L. Merrell, President, Ikebana International

Katsuma Mukaeda, Founder & Chairman, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center 

Dr. Franklin D. Murphy, Chairman & CEO, Times Mirror Co. and Chancellor, UCLA

Dr. H. Carroll Parish, Dean of Students, UCLA (Adopted father to Koichi Kawana)

Jean Tsuchiya, Secretary, JASSC; Volunteer for LANSCA and JACCC

Fred I. Wada, Co-Founder, KEIRO; Lifetime Member, International Olympic Committee


Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebrations


The Japan America Society of Southern California has held its Anniversary Dinners at unique venues, providing a once-in-a-lifetime, memorable evening for supporters and guests.

  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipients 
    Shohei OhtaniMLB’s first two-way player since Babe Ruth, Angels Baseball Pitcher and Hitter, and 2018 MLB Rookie of the Year.

    Marie Kondo, Best-selling Author, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, as well as her      hit Netflix series inspiring home makeovers, helping American families clear out the clutter -- and choose joy. 

  • July 11, 2019
  • Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim, CA)
  • Photos

    Guest Red Carpet Arrivals

    Gala Main Program


    Shohei Ohtani Photos

    Marie Kondo Photos

    Honorees Group Photos


  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipients

    Seiichiro Akita, Executive Officer, Head of Asian Corporate Banking, MUFG Americas Holdings

    Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council    


108th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipients

    Edward A. Perron, Firm-wide Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Chairman Emeritus, JASSC

    Kazuhiro Tsuga, CEO, Panasonic Corporation


107th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration

  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipients
    Russell Hanlin, Jr., President, Sunkist Growers, Inc.

    Akira Ohno, Chairman Emeritus, Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.


106th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration

  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipients
    Takuji Yamada, President & CEO, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

    Takuma Sato, IndyCar Race Car Driver


105th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipients: Tomo Mizutani, President, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas, Inc., Taylor Anderson and Montgomery "Monty" Dickson, JET Programme Assistant Language Teachers
  • June 17, 2014
  • Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel (Beverly Hills, CA)
  • Photos
  • 105th Anniversary Dinner Tribute CD

104th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient
    Hitachi, Ltd.

    103rd Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
    • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient
        "Operation Tomodachi"
        The Disneyland® Resort


      102nd Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
      • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient: Dr. Kazuo Inamori, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Kyocera Corporation and Founder, KDDI Corporation and Chairman, Japan Airlines
      • April 2, 2011
      • The Westin South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA)
      • Silent Auction Catalog
      • 102nd Anniversary Dinner Tribute CD

        101st Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
        • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient
            Ambassador John V. Roos, 29th United States Ambassador to Japan
        • June 9, 2010
        • Club Nokia, L.A. Live (Los Angeles, CA)

          Centennial Dinner & Gala Celebration

          • Centennial Celebration of Japan America Society of Southern California
          • June 15, 2009
          • The Globe Theatre, Universal Studios Hollywood (Hollywood, CA)

            99th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
            Featuring "The Age of Imagination: Japanese Art from the Price Collection"

            • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipient
                Etsuko and Joe D. Price
            • June 25, 2008
            • Pavilion for Japanese Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA) 

              98th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
              "Gateway Across the Pacific"

              • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipients
                  Port of Kobe, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles and Port of Hueneme
              • April 18, 2007
              • World Cruise Center (San Pedro, CA)

                97th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
                "Bridging the Skies Across the Pacific"

                • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipients
                    All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Japan Airlines, Northwest Airlines and United Airlines
                • July 15, 2006
                • Air Force One Pavilion at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (Simi Valley, CA)

                  96th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
                  "Celebrating Amateur Baseball Across the Pacific"

                  • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipiens
                      Rod Dedeaux, Legendary USC Coach; "Coach of the Century"; Co-Founder, U.S.-Japan College Baseball Championship Series
                      Renzo Ishii, Legendary Waseda University Player and Coach; Co-Founder, U.S.-Japan College Baseball Championship Series

                  • May 11, 2005
                  • On the Playing Field of Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

                  94th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration

                    "Celebrating National Pastimes Across the Pacific"

                    • Kokusai Shimin Sho "International Citizens Award" Recipients
                        Tommy Lasorda, Legendary Coach and Special Advisor to the Chairman, Los Angeles Dodgers
                        Yukiatsu Akizawa, President & CEO, am/pm Japan

                    • May 19, 2003
                    • On the Playing Field of Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)
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