Congratulations to Council Leader Keiko Orrall, who recently received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays award from the Government of Japan! She was recognized for her work furthering friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States. Ms. Orrall served for more than seven years in the Massachusetts State Legislature, and now heads the state’s Office of Travel and Tourism. She participated in the JALD Program in 2014, and actively promotes people-to-people relations between leaders in her state and Japan. Consul General in Boston Setsuo Ohmori presented the award and spoke at the conferment ceremony. Please click here to see Ms. Orrall’s Facebook post about her impressions on receiving the award.