On January 26th, 2012 at the Japanese Consulate General in New York, U.S.-Japan Council Member Grant Ujifusa received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays. The honor was given to Mr. Ujifusa by the Government of Japan for his long career working to promote the history of Japanese Americans and enhance the U.S.-Japan relationship. In particular, Mr. Ujifusa was a main catalyst in the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided redress for the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. A native of Wyoming who met internees from the Heart Mountain camp, he worked with Congressional members from both houses and both parties to move the bill through the legislature and played a key role in convincing President Ronald Reagan to sign the bill into law. A story on Mr. Ujifusa can be found here, and his speech at the Consulate General is available here.