On August 18, 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced the recipients of the Foreign Minister’s Commendation for 2015, including Lori Lei Matsukawa, respected Northwest television news anchor with KING-TV, for her contributions to deepening relations between the United States and Japan.
In addition to being a popular face on Northwest television for over thirty years, Lori Matsukawa has been a prominent figure among Japanese Americans in the region through her dedicated service with many community organizations. In 2003, Lori helped establish the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington and her active leadership has stewarded the development of new programs and activities at the Center over the past decade. In 2004, Lori was selected as a participant for the Japanese American Leadership Delegation to Japan and she has worked to promote and support the program ever since. Lori’s deep passion for her community and her Japanese heritage are reflected in her journalism, with reporting on local Nikkei issues and stories from Japan, including from Tokyo in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Lori’s congeniality and persistence in both her professional and personal pursuits have forged close friendships and new connections on both sides of the Pacific.
The Foreign Minister's Commendation is awarded to individuals and groups for outstanding achievements in international fields, to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries. This year, the Commendation will be awarded to 116 individuals and 39 groups worldwide.
Minister for Foreign Affairs to Honor Lori Lei Matsukawa, KING-TV News Anchor
August 19, 2015