Japanese Government to Honor George Yoshio Nakata with Emperor’s Decoration

On April 29th, 2018 (Japanese time) the Japanese Government announced those selected foreign citizens who will receive the Emperor’s Decoration for this year. Mr. George Yoshio Nakata of Portland will be honored with The Order of the Rising Sun with Silver Rays in recognition of his long service and contributions toward the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between our two nations and his efforts to develop goodwill toward and improve the social status of Japanese Americans in the United States.

Commendation: Order of the Rising Sun with Silver Rays

Achievements: Efforts to improve the social status of Japanese Americans, the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the United States, and contributions to friendship and goodwill.

Name: George Yoshio Nakata

Residence: Portland, Oregon, USA


Mr. Nakata made his career through the exporting of wheat to Japan. With the development of this agricultural trade Mr. Nakata fully engaged with Japanese markets, companies and people contributing to and promoting beneficial economic relations between Japan and the United States.

He is a founding member of Oregon Tomonokai (the Japan Oregon Friendship Association) and served as honorary director of the Japan America Society of Oregon for many years, making significant contributions to amicable and positive relations between the Japanese and Japanese American communities in both Oregon and Japan.

In addition, Mr. Nakata had the experience of serving in the U.S. military as a Japanese American right following World War II. Since that time, throughout his life, he has been dedicated and instrumental in conveying an understanding of Japanese American history to younger generations.