Foreign Minister's Commendation Honoring Professor Hitoshi Abe

On August 20, 2021, (Japan Standard Time), the Government of Japan announced the recipients of its 2021 Foreign Minister’s Commendations. From the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, Professor Hitoshi Abe, Director of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and Professor of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, School of Arts and Architecture, was awarded. 

The Foreign Minister's Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups of outstanding achievements in international fields, to acknowledge their contribution to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries. The Commendation also aims to promote the understanding and support of the Japanese public for their activities.

Following are Professor Abe’s profile and contributions leading to her being awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation:
Born in Miyagi Prefecture, Dr. Abe is Principal of Atelier Hitoshi Abe Architect Co. He was Professor, Department of Architecture and Building Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University before joining the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA as a professor from 2007. As Director of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies since 2010, Dr. Abe has contributed to mutual understanding, friendship and goodwill between Japan and the U.S. through his support of Japanese studies and academic exchanges. Serving as a member of the Japan America Society of Southern California’s Board of Governor (2012- ), Chairman of the Steering Committee of Little Tokyo Design Week (2011, 2013) and JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles Adviser (2016-2018), Dr. Abe has greatly contributed to Japanese and Japanese American communities.
Dr. Abe has been awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation in recognition of his promotion of mutual understanding and academic exchange between Japan and the U.S. through architecture.

Professor Hitoshi Abe

Award Ceremony

The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles held a ceremony for the conferment of the 2021 Foreign Minister’s Commendation upon Professor Abe on Friday, October 29.

Professor Abe receives the Foreign Minister's Commendation certificate from Consul General Muto
Assembled guests on October 29, 2021