On September 14th, Council Member Allen Okamoto was honored with the Foreign Minister's Commendation in his native San Francisco. Mr. Okamoto was recognized for his service to the Japanese American community and his work in promoting mutual understanding between the U.S. and Japan. In addition to USJC, Okamoto is involved with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, the Japanese American Citizens League, San Francisco Japantown Foundation and many other national and regional Japanese American organizations. Among the speakers at the ceremony was U.S.-Japan Council senior vice president Kaz Maniwa, who commended Okamoto as "a calm and collected leader ... with a steady demeanor at all times."
Reports by Nichi Bei Weekly's Tomo Hirai were used in this article.