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Lori Matsukawa, an anchor for KING-TV and founder of the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington was presented with the Foreign Minister’s Commendation at Consul-General Masahiro Omura’s official residence on Dec. 10 during the Japanese Emperor’s Birthday reception.
Ralph Munro, former Washington State Secretary of State, also received the Foreign Minister’s Certificate of Gratitude.
Both of them were recognized for their outstanding achievements in the promotion of friendship between Japan and the United States. The Foreign Minister’s Commendation is awarded to those who have made contributions primarily in non-governmental activities, while the Certificate of Gratitude is presented to those whose contributions have been primarily in public service, according to the consulate.

Photo courtesy of Consulate General of Japan in Seattle

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The North American Post is a community newspaper that celebrates Japanese culture in the Greater Seattle area. Founded by 1st generation Japanese-Americans in 1902, the publication is one of the oldest minority-owned newspapers in the region. Today, with bilingual articles in English and Japanese, the publication connects readers with diverse cultural backgrounds to Seattle’s Japanese community. Our articles include local news, event calendars, restaurant reviews, Japanese cooking recipes, community interviews, and more.