Japanese Government Announces Award for Former UAA Chancellor

2018 Autumn Conferment of Decoration
 
Mr. Thomas R. Case
 
November 5, 2018
Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage
 
 
On November 3, 2018 (Japan Time), the Government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2018 Autumn Imperial Decorations. Mr. Thomas R. Case is among    this year’s foreign recipients. In recognition of his contributions to strengthening the mutual understanding and promoting academic exchanges between Japan and the United States,  he will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
 
 ・DECORATION:  The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
 ・SERVICE:  Contributed to strengthening the mutual understanding and
promoting academic exchanges between Japan and the United States
 ・NAME:  Mr. Thomas R. Case
 ・MAJOR TITLE:  Chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage (2011-2017)
 ・ADDRESS (NATIONALITY):  Anchorage, AK (U.S.)
 
 
SUMMARY OF CONTRIBUTIONS
 
Mr. Thomas Case as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) made important contribution to strengthening the mutual understanding between Japan and    the United States through cooperation with the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage in promoting the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, which is a competitive employment opportunity that allows selected college and university graduates to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan for at least one year. Most participants work as Assistant Language Teachers in public and private schools; others work as Coordinators for International Relations at local government offices.
 
Mr. Case also played an important role in establishing the Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture. The Center was established to commemorate Alaskan JET Program participant and UAA graduate, Montgomery Dickson, who perished in the March 11, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Center’s main mission is to promote and enhance future generation’s understanding of Japan. He also contributed greatly to promoting academic exchanges between UAA Japanese language programs and universities in Japan.