On November 20, 2017, a conferment ceremony and reception were held at the Official Residence to congratulate Former Washington State Senator Karen Fraser for her receipt of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. Senator Fraser’s friends and relatives, Japanese American community leaders, fellow elected officials, and many others were in attendance.
Consul General Yamada expressed his appreciation for Senator Fraser’s contributions, and read and formally conferred the Order. Senator Fraser expressed her gratitude for the honor, and spoke about the importance of cultivating friendship and the progress she has witnessed in the US-Japan relationship.
Washington State Senator Christine Rolfes delivered congratulatory remarks, and Former Washington State Secretary of State Ralph Munro proposed a toast.
Senator Fraser was awarded the Imperial Decorations for her outstanding contributions towards the promotion of Japanese culture and exchange between Japan and the United States.