32nd “Award of Honor” Gala

October 20, 2018

Awarding Hiroaki Nakanishi and William Perry

For more than 100 years, the Japan Society of Northern California has fostered collaboration and understanding between the United States and Japan by providing Northern Californians with a range of language, cultural and business programming and opportunities for fellowship. The programming has varied through the years but the mission to foster understanding and collaboration between Japan and the United States remains unchanged.

October 20, 2018 the Japan Society will hold its 32nd Annual Award of Honor Gala at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The gala is our signature event of the year attended by a wide range of Americans and Japanese from business, government, the arts, academia and the community who share a strong commitment to close ties between the United States and Japan.

This year we honor Hitachi Chairman and CEO Hiroaki Nakanishi (left) and former United States Secretary of Defense William Perry (right), commemorating their contributions to fostering US-Japan business, technology and diplomatic alliances.

2018 Gala Sponsors





Jim & Becky Morgan


32nd “Award of Honor” Gala


Ambassador John & Susie Roos


Eriko Sekiya

Glen S. & Sakie T. Fukushima

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California

John Thomas/Bill Fuller

Jon Metzler/Michi Kaifu

Morrison & Foerster

Nikon Corporation

Nobuko Saito Cleary


Squire Patton Boggs 

Tateuchi Foundation

Thomas Brunner / Glaucoma Research Foundation

Individual Sponsors

Frequency Therapeutics

Takenaka Corporation

Buck Gee/Mary Hackenbracht

Dana Buntrock

Dr. Richard B. Dasher

David Makman

Kathleen & Kozo Kimura

Gerald & Keiko Horkan

Leigh Wasson

Marsha Vande Berg

Paul Yonamine

Savonix, Inc.

Shin & Yumiko Sano

Stefan Williams

Yoshiaki Tojo

Tracy Gopal

Rochelle Kopp (Japan Intercultural Consulting LLC)

Norio Nakazawa (JETRO)

Steve Pollock

Howard Hoover

Past Award Galas

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