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Japanese Government Announces “Foreign Minister’s Commendation” for Ms. Atsuko Toko Fish


On July 12th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced that it would award a Foreign Minister’s Commendation to Ms. Atsuko Toko Fish in recognition of her significant contributions to promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.

Ms. Fish worked to strengthen ties between Japan and the Greater Boston area by helping low income families and individuals for over 10 years as a director at the Fish Family Foundation and for a long time as a member of the board of directors of the Japan Society of Boston.

For seven years beginning in 1975, Ms. Fish served as an advisor to the governor of Massachusetts on tourism, economic development and trade between Japan and the state.

At the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Ms. Fish is involved in programs to save women from domestic violence.  She is also a key person in implementing programs to educate Japanese women in exercising stronger leadership.  Ms. Fish is the most highly recognized Japanese woman in Boston working for social causes.

After the Great East Japan earthquake last year, Ms. Fish was quick in action to cofound the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund Boston together with the Japan Society of Boston and other supporters.  Currently she continues to provide support for the victims of the earthquake.

In light of these contributions, the Government of Japan acknowledges Ms. Atsuko Toko Fish as an appropriate person to receive the Foreign Minister’s Commendation.

An award ceremony will be scheduled later.