【Event Report】Decoration Conferment Ceremony for Ms. Lori Lei Matsukawa


Ms. Matsukawa receiving the Order from Ambassador Tomita

On June 29, 2022, a conferment ceremony and reception were held at the Official Residence to congratulate Ms. Lori Lei Matsukawa, former KING-TV news anchor, former president of the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington, for her receipt of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays. Ambassador TOMITA Koji, Ambassador of Japan to the United States who was visiting to Seattle, Ms. Matsukawa’s friends and relatives, regional government officials, Japanese American community leaders, and many others were in attendance.
Ambassador Tomita expressed his appreciation for Ms. Matsukawa’s contributions and formally conferred upon her the Order. Ms. Matsukawa expressed her gratitude for the honor and spoke about her work as news anchor and her activities for promoting cordial ties between Japan and the United States including her co-founding the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington.

Oepning Message from Consul General Inagaki

Message from Ambassador Tomita

Message from Ms. Matsukawa
Ms. Matsukawa was awarded the Decoration for her outstanding contributions to introducing Japanese culture in the United States and promoting friendly relations between Japan and the United States.

From the left: Secretary of State of Washington Steve Hobbs, Port of Seattle Commisioner Toshiko Hasegawa, Ms. Matsukawa, Ambassador Tomita,
Consul General Inagaki, Lieutenant Governor of Washington Denny Heck, Mayor of Seattle Bruce Harrell

The reception at the Official Residence

2022/4/28 Announcement of 2022 Spring Conferment of Decorations (Ms. Lori Lei Matsukawa, Former KING-TV News Anchor, Former President of the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington)