Foreign Minister Commendations 2016

On July 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Foreign Minister Commendations 2016 to Dr. Tom Curtin, Chair of the Concord-Nanae Network and Prof. Tamae Prindle, Colby College, for their promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S.
Dr. Tom Curtin, as a counselor of Concord-Carlisle High School, has made efforts for forty years to lead and educate young citizens in Concord, Massachusetts.  During this period, he made videos titled “Hokkaido Pioneers” and “Hiroshima: City of Remembrance” and introduced Japan to Concord.  Since becoming the chair of the Concord-Nanae Network in 1995, Dr. Curtin has promoted mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S.  In 2015, he became president of the MA-Hokkaido Association and promoted mutual understanding between MA and Hokkaido.
Prof. Tamae Prindle has not only been teaching Japanese language, literature and films at Colby College in Maine but also given lectures and published books about Japanese literature, movies, history, culture and society.  In addition, Prof. Prindle has translated novels about Japanese companies and labor and management into English.  Some of these have been used as textbooks in universities in the U.S.  She is also known as an author of Hyper Card grammar drills.  Thus, Prof. Prindle has made many efforts to promote mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S.
The Foreign Minister of Japan has long recognized the efforts of Dr. Curtin and Prof. Prindle to promote mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S. and decided to award the Commendation to acknowledge their contributions. The Commendations also aim to promote the understanding and support of the Japanese public towards the activities of the recipients.
Award ceremonies will be held later this year.

The list of Foreign Minister Commendations 2016 (individuals) is here.