Dear Members of the Board:
As the 2015-16 year closes, I would like to thank you, our Board members, along with Japan Society supporters and staff, for another extraordinary season. I am pleased to share that our 2016 Annual Dinner on June 1 attracted 620 attendees and raised over $1.33 million. Highlights included Japan Society Chairman Wilbur Ross’ informative fireside chat with Bank of America Chairman & CEO Brian Moynihan and actor George Takei’s heartfelt acceptance of the Japan Society Award.
We continually strive to increase the visibility of Japan Society not only in the United States, but also in Japan, deepening the impact of our institutional mission. To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, we led two, well-attended conferences in Tokyo, relating to economic disaster recovery in Tohoku and social entrepreneur development in Japan. We also expanded our earthquake relief efforts to Kumamoto, setting up a new fund within days of the tragedy’s occurrence. In less than two months, we have raised over $170,000.
Our programs and events continue to expand in scope, attendance and media acclaim. I hope you take a moment to review key highlights and achievements from the past year. As always, I thank you for your ongoing support and hope to see you at future Japan Society events.
President, Japan Society