A community farewell reception for Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa, who is leaving for Japan this month, was held on March 10 at Portland City Hall. It was well attended with representatives from a broad cross-section of elected officials, community and business leaders, and Japanese American leaders from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. CG Furusawa completes a three-year assignment based in Portland, Oregon. He is well known among JALD alumni members as he accompanied the 2007-2010 delegations on their trip to Japan when he served as Consul at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.
Consul General Furusawa (third from left) with JALD alumni (from left) Michelle Sugahiro (JALD '07), Kristen Dozono ('08), Grant Yoshihara ('04), Verne Naito ('13), Charlie Allcock ('10) and Elisa Dozono ('14)
During the reception, CG Furusawa was congratulated for his initiatives in Japanese language teaching at Oregon schools, support of people-to-people exchanges through over 50 sister city programs in his jurisdiction, new cultural engagements such as the “String of Three Nations” musical event featuring instruments from Japan, China and Korea, and his support for growing Japan-U.S. business engagements through trade and investments. Many who spoke at this reception commented on CG Furusawa’s dedication, compassion, thoughtfulness and persistence in his work, not only in his regular duties, but also in reaching out to diverse, non-traditional communities where previous ties did not exist. Charlie Allcock (JALD ’10) emcee’d the reception.