Frank Shimizu honored by Japan's foreign minister
Japan's foreign minister has honored the president and CEO of Ambros, Inc. with a commendation for "promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the USA,"
Japan's foreign minister has honored the president and CEO of Ambros, Inc. with a commendation for "promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the USA," according to an announcement from the consul-general of Japan on Guam. Frank S.N. Shimizu is the first Chamoru to receive the commendation, according to the news release. There have been seven previous recipients from Guam, but they were all Japanese nationals, according to the announcement.
In July, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced commendations would be awarded to 205 individuals and 49 groups. A ceremony was held July 24 for recipients living in Japan, but those living outside of the country - most of the recipients - would receive their certificate and commemorative gifts at a later date.
Shimizu will receive his award Friday.
The commendations recognize "outstanding achievements in international fields, in order to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries and areas," according to the announcement.
"The commendations also aim to promote the understanding and support of the Japanese public for the activities of the recipients."
Shimizu began working at Ambros, which was founded by his father and two other men, as a high school student in the 1950s. In 1973, he became president and CEO of the distribution company.