Recipients of Fall 2022 Decorations

On November 3rd, 2022 (Japan Standard Time), the Government of Japan announced the recipients of its Fall 2022 Decorations. From the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, the following distinguished person will be awarded.
 Decoration  Outline of Merit Main Career Name Residence
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon Contributed to promoting exchanges and friendship between Japan and the United States Honorary Consul of Japan in San Diego
Kate Leonard
Del Mar, California, USA

The recipient’s meritorious service towards Japan is as follows:
Ms. Kate Leonard majored in Japanese Studies at San José State University, California, and in 1973 she studied in Okayama Prefecture through San Jose’s Sister City Program. Subsequently, she worked as the only American Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Japan’s largest audit corporation in Osaka for four years, through which she deepened her friendship with Japan. After she returned to the US, she provided services and advice regarding audits, accounting and international tax to a number of Japanese companies, Japanese nationals and Japan related organizations.
From 1996 to March 2021, she served as a board member of the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, and for three years from 2005, as the chair of the board, conducting various activities to promote understanding of Japan in the San Diego area. In addition to her local contributions, she also played an important role internationally as a board member of American Institute of CPAs and member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. In 2000, she was included “San Diego’s Women Who Mean Business” by the San Diego Business Journal.
In recognition of these achievements, she was appointed Honorary Consul of Japan in San Diego in 2012, and served as president of the San Diego Consular Corps for five years. As an honorary consul, she contributes to consular affairs by assisting Japanese nationals, and promoting people-to-people exchanges and mutual understanding between Japan and San Diego. Since 2017 she has served on the board of the Kyoto Prize Symposium Organization. In June 2022, she celebrated her 10th year as an honorary consul, and she continues to be active in that role.
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