Foreign Minister's Commendation Honoring Ms. Kimiko Fujita

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,  Ms. Kimiko Fujita, President of Orange County Japanese American Association, 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 Ms. Fujita’s profile and contributions leading to her being awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation:
Born in the city of Osaka, Ms. Fujita launched Japanese-affiliated music classes after arriving in the U.S. and continues to promote music education activities as the owner of NYLA USA Corp., the music school business she established. Ms. Fujita became a board member of Orange County Japanese American Association (OCJAA) in 1999 and after taking the helm as president in 2013, she proposed cultural-themed classes such as Japanese flower arrangement. In addition, Ms. Fujita helped organize the Japan Cultural Fair in Irvine for many years, encouraging interaction with local residents. Ms. Fujita has also focused on programs for senior citizens, providing lifestyle and health information through online classes and events during the COVID-19 pandemic and contributing to the well-being of Japanese and Japanese American communities in our jurisdiction. Since 2016, Ms. Fujita has served as a director of Keiro, a nonprofit that supports Japanese-affiliated senior citizens, and continues to work as a bridge between Japanese and Japanese Americans.
Ms. Fujita has been awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation in recognition of her promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S. through cultural exchange and other activities.


Award Ceremony

The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles held a ceremony for the conferment of the 2021 Foreign Minister’s Commendation upon Ms. Fujita on Friday, Sept. 17.