110th Anniversary “Award of Honor Gala” & Concert

October 17, 2015

Awarding Marc Benioff, Haruo Murase and Nobuyuki Tsujii

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.

The Recipients

Award of Honor

Marc Benioff
Chairman & CEO

Award of Honor

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


Award of Honor Recipient: Marc Benioff

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.

Award of Honor Recipient: Haruo Murase

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.

Pianist: Nobuyuki Tsujii

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.  

2015 Gala Sponsors

Global Innovator

Reception Host



Allen & Michiko Miner 
Hiro Ogawa united


Dr. Gary & Nobuko Saito Cleary

Glen S. & Sakie T. Fukushima

Gerald & Keiko Horkan

David & Fumiko Hoeft

Jim & Becky Morgan

Dr. Morihito Nagai, Japan


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 provided by:

Wells Fargo Foundation

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