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  Order of the Rising Sun Conferred on William R. Farrell


Ambassador Fujisaki Ambassador Fujisaki recognized Bill Farrell's Order of the Rising Sun award at the Black Ships Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.

  On July 18 William R. Farrell, Chairman of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan in recognition of his long and distinguished service to the US-Japan relationship. With 95 colleagues, friends and family members in attendance, the imperial proclamation (see picture) was read and Consul General Takeshi Hikihara of the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston presented the award.

Consul General Hikihara noted Dr. Farrell's long involvement with Japan, beginning with service in the US Air Force, earning a PhD in International Relations from the University of Michigan, and teaching Japanese history at the Naval War College. He further took notice of Farrell's tenure as Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, subsequently establishing a consulting firm for American companies interested in Japan and acting as Chairman of the National Association of Japan-America Societies for the past 10 years.

Letters of appreciation were read from Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba, Vice Minister Shinichi Nishimiya, Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, Admiral Masahiko Tsugimoto, Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces and Rear Admiral John N. Christenson, President of the Naval War College.

Spencer Viner, President of the Japan-America Society of Rhode Island praised the involvement of the entire Farrell family in the Society and its annual Black Ships Festival. Rear Admiral James Kelly (retired) of the Naval War College thanked Dr. Farrell for many years of teaching and hosting Japanese officers and their families assigned to the college. Dr. Farrell's children, Kirsten and Brendan, offered the ceremonial sake toast to Bill and his wife Marabeth.

In his remarks, Bill thanked his family and the Government of Japan for the award, noting that it has been his privilege to be what Ambassador Fujisaki called a "true friend of Japan" for over 40 years.

Imperial Proclamation The Imperial Proclamation


Decoration The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon


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