Mr. Kudo receives 2023 Foreign Minister’s Commendation

On November 12, Consul General Suzuki presented the 2023 Foreign Minister’s Commendation to recipient Mr. Noriyasu Kudo in East Longmeadow, MA. Over his career, Mr. Kudo coached the U.S. National Judo team twice, and not only contributed to the spread of Judo as a sport in the United States, but has also embodied the spirit of Judo’s maximum efficient use of energy (Seiryoku-Zenyo), and principle of mutual welfare and benefit (Jita-Kyoei) through his own activities as a Judo player and role as a coach, passing his knowledge on to many Americans.