Notification on the suspension of the fourth Kentaro Kaneko Award in 2021

The Kaneko Award was founded in 2017 to commemorate the centennial of the establishment of the America-Japan Society in 1917.
The Award is named after Count Kentaro Kaneko, the first president of the America- Japan Society, for those who worked for long years to promote people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the United States.
As for the fourth award in 2021, we had planned to resume after the suspension last year but have recently decided to suspend it again due to the uncertain situation of Covid-19 in Japan while we have already received several applications.
We would be appreciative if you understand the situation we currently face. We will carry over the applications we received up until next year.


The committee is comprised of
Mr. Kunihiko Saito, former Ambassador of Japan to the United States (Chairman)
Mr. Yuzaburo Mogi, Honorary Chairman of Kikkoman Co.
Mr. Yoji Oohashi, Senior Advisor of ANA Holdings
Mr. Christopher Lafleur, President of American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Ms. Hiroko Kuniya, journalist
Dr. Fumiaki Kubo, President of National Defense Academy
President Ichiro Fujisaki of the America Japan Society.


The first award winners in 2017
Ms. Jean Tsuchiya (born in California, recommended by Japan-America Society of Southern California)
Mr. Yasuhiro Yabuzoe (born in Wakayama, recommended by America-Japan Society of Wakayama)
Mr. Joe D. Price (born in Oklahoma, recommended by the Japan Foundation)

The second award winners in 2018
Dr. Jeannette Elizabeth South-Paul (born in Pennsylvania, recommended by Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania)
Dr. Hiromi Hasai (born in Hiroshima, recommended by America-Japan Society of Hiroshima)

The award winners in 2019
Ms. Helen Rindsberg (born in Ohio, recommended by Japan-America Society of Greater Cincinnati)
Mr. Charlie Masateru Nagatani (born in Kumamoto, recommended by America-Japan Society of Kumamoto)
Dr. Genshitsu Sen (born in Kyoto, recommended by America-Japan Society of Kyoto)


The America-Japan Society, Inc.
11-28, Akasaka 1-chome
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052