On December 9, 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced the recipients of the Foreign Minister’s Commendation in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War. From our jurisdiction, the non-profit organization OBON 2015 was chosen for their contributions to promoting goodwill between Japan and the United States.
OBON 2015 was established in 2009 under the leadership of Mr. Rex Ziak and his wife Keiko. Since then they have actively assisted American families in the return of yosegaki hinomaru, or war flags, and other artifacts belonging to Japanese soldiers to relatives in Japan. With the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, OBON 2015’s work has been recognized as an important symbol of reconciliation, mutual understanding, and friendship between our two countries.
The Foreign Minister’s Commendation in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War has been awarded to 28 individuals and 14 groups nationwide in recognition of their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the promotion of good relations between Japan and the United States.
Minister for Foreign Affairs to Honor OBON 2015
December 10, 2015