Annual Award Of Honor Gala

Annual Gala

Japan Society 2010 Gala
Saturday, November 20, 2010
6:00 pm
Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St, San Francisco


  • ANA
  • JAL


  • BANK of the WEST
  • UnionBank

Gerald & Keiko Horkan


Individual Sponsors

*Sponsor list current as of November 5, 2010.

Gala Donations

  • Jacques Fitch
  • David and Fumiko Hoeft
  • Seiji Horibuchi
  • Takahiro Moriguchi
  • Hiro and Betty Ogawa
  • Shin and Yoriko Nakahara

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Honoree Biographies

J. Thomas Schieffer
US Ambassador to Japan
NEW! Ambassador Schieffer’s speech available here.
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Ambassador John Thomas ‘Tom’ Schieffer was sworn in as 27th US Ambassador to Japan in April 2005. During nearly four years in Tokyo, Ambassador Schieffer was a principal negotiator during the most substantive revision of the US-Japan security agreement since 1960 and was closely involved in Six Party Talks with North Korea. He attended many summits, including the 2008 global warming G-8 Summit in Hokkaido. Upon Ambassador Schieffer’s departure in January 2009, the distinguished Nihon Keizai Shimbun columnist Tsuyoshi Sunohara wrote that his public speaking and media skills had made him perhaps the most effective American Ambassador to Japan in post-war history.

Twice a finalist for best non-career ambassador in the world, Ambassador Schieffer was previously US Ambassador to Australia, 2001–2005. He earned a BA, an MA in International Relations, and studied law at the University of Texas, and has been on the State Bar of Texas since 1979. Ambassador Schieffer has served multiple terms in the Texas legislature, and further honed his managerial skills as co-owner and President of the Texas Rangers. Ambassador Schieffer has recently joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as senior counsel, where he will advise clients in the global energy, trade, transportation, defense and intelligence industries.

Takahiro Moriguchi
JPMorgan Securities Japan Co. Ltd.

Mr. Takahiro Moriguchi is a familiar face in both the Northern California and Japan business communities. Mr. Moriguchi joined The Bank of Tokyo in 1967 and served in New York and London before being appointed General Manager of the Capital Markets Division. In May 1997 he came to California as President and CEO of Union Bank. During his time here, Mr. Moriguchi served on the Boards of the Japan Society of Northern California and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California. He returned to Tokyo in 2003 as Deputy President/Chief Executive of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, rising to Advisor to the President for International Affairs. In Feb 2006, Mr. Moriguchi joined JPMorgan Securities Japan, where he serves as Chairman.

Mr. Moriguchi is a member of the Self-regulations Committee of the Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA) and Deputy Chair of the Keizai Doyukai Committee on Financial & Capital Markets. He is founding Vice-Chairman of the Japan Alumni Association of Northern California, an organization for Japanese diplomats and business leaders who have served in Northern California.

Hatsuro Aizawa
Japan Society Board Emeritus

Mr. Hatsuro “Hats” Aizawa, a long-time leader in San Francisco Japantown, has dedicated himself to building ties between the US and Japan and supporting the Japanese-American community.

As President of Aizawa Associates and later Aizawa & Furuta, Mr. Aizawa ran his own advertising and graphic art business for over 45 years. He served 25 years on the Japan Society of Northern California Board of Directors, and supported Japanese companies in Northern California as board member and vice president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California from the 1950s. On the San Francisco- Osaka Sister City Committee, Mr. Aizawa has helped build bridges between the two cities. He was a Commissioner and later Trustee of the Asian Art Museum 1988–2008, and is a founding board member of the Japantown Foundation.

In recognition of Mr. Aizawa’s many contributions, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco presented him with the Foreign Minister’s Commendation in 2008. Hats and his wife, Amey, are beloved figures in our community.