The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
[ Background ]
After graduating from Denison University in 1968, Mr. Morikawa served in the United States Army until 1971. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University in 1974. In the same year, Mr. Morikawa registered with Pennsylvania Bar Association and started working at the law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Currently, he still works there as a senior counsel. As a Japanese American, Mr. Morikawa has also supported activities of Japan in the U.S. and of Japanese-American groups. He currently holds the posts of Director of Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia, Honorary Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Japanese Association of Greater Philadelphia and Eastern District Counsel, Japanese American Citizens League. In February 2000, Mr. Morikawa accepted an offer from Japan and assumed the post of Honorary Consul General of Japan since then, he has played a crucial role in many different areas.
[ Achievements toward Japan ]
He has shown a timeless commitment to helping Japanese in the U.S. including helping Japanese who was in a traffic accident with the paperwork in legal matters, tried to reduce anxieties of a Japanese students who became psychologically unstable and was supportive for a Japanese national who was hospitalized.
Mr. Morikawa has also played a significant role in organizing the Philadelphia Sakura Festival, in arranging speeches by the Consul General of New York in Philadelphia, and supporting Japanese cultural programs by regularly attending the relevant events held by Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and Japanese Association of Greater Philadelphia. He volunteered to be a master of ceremony for the above mentioned events and invited local politicians and prominent business people so they could learn more about Japan. Mr. Morikawa has always been a representative of Japan who makes sure that Philadelphians better understand the politics and culture of Japan.