BY LORI MATSUKAWA
The Japanese Cultural and Community Centerof Washington is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Tomodachi Award. Phyllis J. Campbell and Ichiro Fujisaki reflect the spirit of the award withtheir dedication to positive relations between the U.S. and Japan.
Campbell is Chairman, Pacific Northwest for JPMorgan Chase Northwest, one of the few women ofcolor serving as a senior executive of a major bank in the country. Campbell sits on the Diversity Advisory Board of Toyota North America and has served as a Director on the boards of Nordstrom Inc., Alaska Air Group and is Chair of the Board of the U.S.-Japan Council. Campbell has been a longtime advocate and mentor, supporting advancement for women inbusiness, particularly on Boards of Directors. Recently, Campbell has led workshops and made several speeches encouraging women in Japan to pursue opportunities in business, especially at the Board level.
Fujisaki served as Japan's Ambassador to the United States from 2008 – 2012. In his diplomatic career,he also served as Director-General of the North American Affairs Bureau in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. He served in Jakarta, London, and Paris. He has specialties to the Northwest, having attended middle school in Seattle when his father, Masato Fujisaki, served as Consul General from 1960-1962. Duringa visit to the “J” in 2010, Fujisaki was delighted to see a calligraphy written in 1901 by his great-greatgrandfather Hirobumi Ito, who was Japan's first prime minister. Even in retirement, Fujisaki serves on the Board of Councilors of the U.S.-Japan Council. Most recently, Fujisaki has been accompanying young Japanese leaders, artists, and entrepreneurs to the U.S. to promote modern Japanese culture.
If you're interested in honoring Campbell and Fujisaki, learn more about their appearance at this year's Tomodachi event.