Minister for Foreign Affairs to Honor Burton E. Bard Jr., President, Seattle Sister Cities Association

 On July 20, 2016, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced the recipients of the Foreign Minister’s Commendation for 2016, including Burton E. Bard Jr., President of the Seattle Sister Cities Association, for his contributions to deepening relations between the United States and Japan.

 Through his service as the Washington Coordinator for Sister Cities International, Mr. Bard has not only supported the Seattle-Kobe Sister City relationship, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year, but also cultivated connections between Washington’s Sister City Associations and local governments in Japan. His longstanding efforts have promoted mutual understanding between our two countries.

 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 142 individuals and 31 groups worldwide.