Mr. David Harris, CEO, American Jewish Committee


デイヴィッド・ハリス 米国ユダヤ人委員会理事長

On February 13th, 2019, the Conferment Ceremony of the Foreign Minister's Commendation for Mr. David Harris, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Jewish Committee(@AJCGlobal) took place at the residence of Ambassador Yamanouchi.

Mr. Harris was awarded for his extraordinary leadership in promoting of mutual understanding and friendship between #Japan and the #JewishCommunity.

Over the last 30 years, Mr. Harris has regularly visited Japan. In particular, in 2016 and 2017, he served as the head of the official AJC delegation and met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss ways to strengthen relations between Japan and the AJC.

As well, Mr. Harris has fought tirelessly for human rights, continuing AJC's mission of protecting civil liberties. Particularly notable was AJC’s support – the first non-Japanese American organization to do so – of the redress movement for Japanese Americans who had been incarcerated during WWII, which led to the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

The Foreign Minister's Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in the international community to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendly relations between Japan and other countries.