2015 Consul General's Commendation
Ms. Michiyo Noda
Executive Director, Japanese American Association of New York (JAA)
1971-1978: Floor Manager, Osaka Red Cross Hospital in Japan
1986-1987: Director, Manhattan Children's Club
1987-1988: Staff Member, JAA
1988-2001: Office Manager, JAA
2002-Present: Executive Director, JAA
Overview of Achievements
Ms. Noda has made remarkable contributions to the friendship between Japan and the United States through her 28 years of work at JAA. She has supported JAA Presidents and has contributed to the promotion of Japan-related educational and bicultural activities, and to improvements in the welfare of Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans in the New York-area through a variety of JAA events.
Under Ms. Noda's initiative, the range of JAA activities has greatly expanded. Activities were limited in the 1980s to a smaller-scale such as JAA's parties held for senior citizens' every month or two, but because of Ms. Noda's efforts since the mid-1990s, JAA has placed high priority on social welfare concerns and has regularly held workshops led by medical or welfare specialists. Currently, JAA senior parties have expanded in scale to include about 100 guests and are held twice a month. Furthermore, JAA began a lunch delivery program to housebound Japanese seniors who live alone. To further increase JAA's capacity for service, Ms. Noda made efforts to expand JAA-Kaikan, the offices of JAA, from 2000 square feet to its new office space of 5000 square feet.
In 2005, Ms. Noda lent her endeavors to the founding of the JAA Committee on Aging Issues in cooperation with the Consulate General of Japan in New York. Having taken great care to listen to Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans, she implemented programs to respond to the needs of the elderly. Since JAA's Senior Week took place in 2007 as a part of JAA's centenary anniversary event, it has gained in popularity. Along with JAA's Sakura Health Fair in the springtime, Senior Week has become an annual event promoting good health, culture and social welfare in the local Japanese and Japanese American community.