2018 Autumn Conferment of Decorations on Foreign Nationals

On November 3, 2018 (Japan Time), the Government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2018 Autumn Conferment of Japanese Decorations.

Mr. Lawson Iichiro Sakai, who resides within the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco's jurisdiction, is among the 135 foreign recipients. Mr. Sakai will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays.

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Name (age): Lawson Iichiro Sakai (95)
Decoration:
 
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays
Service:


 
Contributed to improving the status of Japanese Americans in the United States and preserving the history of Japanese American veterans
Major Titles:


 
Founder and President of Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans
Former Member of 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Address: Morgan Hill (U.S.A.)
Summary of Contributions:

Over the course of 30 years, Mr. Sakai has acted as a leader of the Northern California 442nd Regimental Combat Team E Company veterans group to preserve its honorable history through public education and communication amongst its members.

Currently 95 years old, Mr. Sakai is an active and well-respected speaker on Japanese American history and Japanese American veterans in Northern California.

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