110th Anniversary “Award of Honor Gala” & Concert

This year the Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) celebrated its 110th Anniversary.  It all began with a San Mateo attorney Henry Pike Bowie, Stanford University president David Starr Jordan, and San Francisco Consul Kisaburo Ueno, who founded  the Japan Society on October 7, 1905 to spread knowledge about Japan and promote U.S.-Japan cooperation.

On October 17, 2015, JSNC held its 110th Anniversary “Award of Honor Gala” & Concert in San Francisco, California.  JSNC recognized two exceptional global business leaders with the Award of Honor: Mr. Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce and Mr. Haruo Murase, Chairman of Canon Marketing Japan Inc.  This award is our Society’s way of recognizing the tremendous personal achievements of our honorees in the service of this most important of bilateral relationships, and the very special relationship between Japan and the U.S., and especially the state of California.  We also featured a performance with world renowned pianist and composer Nobuyuki Tsujii, winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.


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Marc Benioff
Chairman & CEO
Haruo Murase
Canon Marketing
Japan Inc.
    Nobuyuki Tsujii
    Van Cliburn
    Gold Medal Winner

Nobuyuki Tsujii Piano Concert | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Award of Honor Gala

Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dinner, Live Auction & Awards Presentation | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Dress Attire:

  • Black tie optional.

Silent & Live Auction Items Listed Here!

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Concert Tickets Only:

  • Concert Ticket – $50, $75, $100

Award of Honor Gala Dinner & Recital Tickets:

  • Concert Ticket – $600 OR 2 for $1,000
    • Concert ticket – sixth tier seating
    • Third tier seating at dinner at gala
    • Listing in gala program booklet
    • Listing & URL on Japan Society Gala web page


  • Patron Ticket – $350
    • 1 Concert ticket – seventh tier seating
    • Fourth tier seating at dinner at gala

Young Professional Ticket for Award of Honor Gala (for guests 35 and under):


  • A donation in honor of Japan Society of Northern California’s 110th Anniversary may be made to the Japan Society and will be utilized for operating expenses.
  • Contributors of $1000 or more will be recognized as a sponsor of the event unless otherwise requested.
  • Your contribution to the Japan Society is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
  • To make a donation on-line, please go here.

Please note:

  • To avoid incurring credit card fees, please make a check payable to “Japan Society  of Northern California” and mail it to our office at JSNC, 500 Washington St., Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94111 with this form completed.
  • Preferred seating is on a first come, first served basis.  Recommend to purchase tables/tickets early.
  • A voucher for the recital ticket(s) will be emailed from Japan Society to the ticket buyer at a later date with the buyers name on it. 
  • The deadline to transfer your tickets for the gala dinner is noon on October 16th.
  • You will not receive your exact seat number for the concert until the day of the performance.
  • The deadline to receive a refund for your ticket(s) is September 18th.
  • Please email programs@usajapan.org if you need handicapped seating, or have any questions.

Marc Benioff, Award of Honor Recipient:MarcBenioff_headshot_cropped

  • Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of Salesforce. A pioneer of cloud computing, Benioff founded Salesforce in 1999 and revolutionized the enterprise software world with new models for technology, business, corporate philanthropy and management. Under his visionary leadership, Salesforce has grown from a groundbreaking idea into the fastest growing top ten software company in the world and the #1 CRM platform.

 Haruo Murase, Award of Honor Recipient:HaruoMurase_headshot2_cropped

  • Haruo Murase has been the Chairman of the Board of Canon Marketing Japan Inc. since March 2009 after serving the President for 10 years. Prior to this, he had been in North America for more than 28 years at Canon USA and Canada respectively. From 1993 through 1999 he was the President  & CEO of Canon USA Inc. where he was responsible for Canon’s business for North & South America  as well as the Caribbean Markets. Since 1991 till 2001, he also was the Director of Canon Inc., the parent company. He graduated from Keio University, Tokyo, in Economics Degree

Nobuyuki Tsujii, Pianist:NobuyukiTsujii_headshot_cropped

  • Blind since birth, Nobuyuki Tsujii was joint Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  An inspirational musician with a formidable technique and a natural gift for pianistic colour, he has earned international recognition for the passion and excitement he brings to his live performances. Nobu has given recitals in major cities across North America including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium in New York, Washington D.C, Boston, Vancouver and he frequently appears at Europe’s most prestigious venues including London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie.  


Click here to see our sponsorship opportunities.

2015 Gala Sponsors


Global Innovator


Reception Host

MUFG-UB Endorsement Vertical




ANA JAL Allen & Michiko Miner 
Hiro Ogawa


ANA   Dr. Gary & Nobuko Saito Cleary Glen S. & Sakie T. Fukushima
Gerald & Keiko Horkan

David & Fumiko Hoeft 


 Dr. Morihito Nagai, Japan 


Jim & Becky


William P. Fuller & Jennifer L. Beckett

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

DEFTA Partners / Alliance Forum Foundation

FX Global, Inc.

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Takahiro Moriguchi

Scott Cook & Signe Ostby

Squire Patton Boggs

Toshiba America, Inc.

Wilco Source, LLC

Individual Sponsors

Emma & Takahide Akiyama

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

Barbara K. Bundy

BNY Mellon Wealth Management

George Hayashi

Hinomaru Limousine International

Hotel Nikko San Francisco

Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc. 

Susan Kobayashi & Chuck Han

Kozo & Kathleen Kimura

Rochelle Kopp — Japan Intercultural Consulting


Tony & Pat Ley

Kathy Matsui

Isao ‘Steve’ Matsuura

Christopher & Ya-Hui Monteilh

Shin Nakahara

Allen & Pat Okamoto

Steve Pollock

Misako & Dana Sack

Niko Saito, Saito Aquatic Academy, JAPAN

Salad Cosmo USA Corp.

Emily J. Sano

Institute for Creative Integration, Shin & Yumiko Sano

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation

Jon Metzler & Kakul Srivastava

SwimBabes International Workshops, Phil & Jackie Young

Tazan International

Joyce & John R. Thomas

Tom & Akemi Woofter

Additional support has been generously provided by:

Wells Fargo Foundation

*Sponsor list current as of August 27, 2015.