Victor M. Carter Award
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 JACCCFred I. Wada, Co-Founder, KEIRO; Lifetime Member, International Olympic Committee
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.
114th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
Yuko Kaifu, Diplomat, Business & Community Leader
Bob Graziano, Business, Community and Civic Leader
MIYAVI, Musician Actor & Philanthropist
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.
Seiichiro Akita, Executive Officer, Head of Asian Corporate Banking, MUFG Americas Holdings
Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
Edward A. Perron, Firm-wide Managing Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Chairman Emeritus, JASSC
Kazuhiro Tsuga, CEO, Panasonic Corporation
Akira Ohno, Chairman Emeritus, Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.
Takuma Sato, IndyCar Race Car Driver
Centennial Dinner & Gala Celebration
99th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
Featuring "The Age of Imagination: Japanese Art from the Price Collection"
98th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
"Gateway Across the Pacific"
97th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
"Bridging the Skies Across the Pacific"
96th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
"Celebrating Amateur Baseball Across the Pacific"
"Celebrating National Pastimes Across the Pacific"