On November 3, the Foreign Minister's Commendation for FY 2022 was awarded to Dr. Hiroko Harada, Professor and Coordinator of the Japanese Program and Director of the Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Head Consul Masaru Aniya from the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage handed the award to Dr. Harada, followed by his congratulatory remarks. He thanked her for her continuing energy in promoting sister city exchanges and Japanese language education and expressed his expectations for her future activities.
Professor Harada expressed her gratitude to all who have supported thus far promoting Japanese language education in Alaska and the mutual understanding of Japan-Alaska/USA. She also said it was moving that the celebration was held in the tearoom, which was established in memory of her former student, Montgomery Dickson, who died in the 2011 tsunami.
UAA Chancellor Sean Parnell congratulated Professor Harada for being the driving force behind establishing the Montgomery Dixon Center for Japanese Language and Culture and commended her for establishing scholarships and promoting friendly relations between Japan and Alaska.
Brandon Locke, Director of the Anchorage School District World Languages and Immersion Programs, who has worked with Dr. Harada in multiple capacities over the years, promoting language education, praised her for her achievement.
Congratulatory remarks from Kotaro Yamaguchi, Mayor of the City of Chitose, Anchorage's Sister City in Japan, and UAA Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness Susan Kalina were read out.