Consul General's Commendation to the Japanese Language Program Schools in Idaho

The relationships between Japan and other nations, including the U.S.A., are growing deeper and wider in recent years. The promotion of Japanese language education around the world is important, not only to increase the number of people who are proficient in the language, but also to promote understanding across the political, economic and cultural sectors.

To support these important goals, Consul General Furusawa has determined to recognize the individual schools across Idaho that maintained Japanese language programs in 2015 and bestowed on them the Consul General's Commendation in order to express his sincere appreciation. The Consul General and Honorary Consul are personally visiting each of the schools to present the award.

The Consular office of Japan will continue to promote Japanese Language education in Oregon, Southwest Washington and southern part of Idaho area though these activities. The schools that Consul General and Honorary Consul have visited are as follows:


  • September 28th 2015 Boise State University (with Provost Martin Schimpf and Instructor Tetsuya Ehara)

  • September 28th 2015 Borah HS (with Supervisor Dr. Helga Frankenstein, Superintendent Dr. Dan Coberly, Instructor Sheila Miller, President Nancy Gregory, Principal Tim Standlee, Borah Quadrant Director Lisa Roberts and Boise Schools Spokesperson Dan Hollar)

  • September 28th 2015 Centennial HS (with Idaho Department of Education Chuck Zimmerly, Instructor Dale Garrard and Principal Mike Farris)

  • September 29th 2015 Eagle HS (with Vice Principal Kelly Goughnour and Instructor Layne Ward)

  • September 29th 2015 Meridian HS (with Principal Geoffrey Stands and Instructor Motoko Chiba)

  • September 29th 2015 Rocky Mountain HS (with Instructor Motoko Chiba and Principal Mike Hirano)