The Government of Japan announced that Shiro Floyd Mori, former National Executive Director and former National President of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in recognition of his contributions to the improvement of the status of Japanese Americans, strengthening of economic relations between Japan and the United States, and the promotion of Japanese culture in the United States. Mori will be recognized at a reception to be held in Washington, D.C. He is one of 46 foreign recipients of the 2012 Fall Imperial Decorations.
Mori, who was recently appointed as the Interim CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies (APAICS), had retired as the National Executive Director of the JACL this past summer. He is presently on the Board of APIAVote and the Independent Voters Project.
“This award is very humbling and much appreciated, “said Mori. “While I am a very proud American, I also have a great deal of pride in the country of my parents, who taught me the great values they brought with them when they came to this country in the early 1900s.”
Mori was born in Murray, Utah, and raised near Salt Lake City. He is the seventh of eight siblings born to Shigenobu and Kusa Mori, who immigrated to the United States from Kagoshima, Japan. He lives with his wife Irene in Arlington, Virginia. They have five children and eleven grandchildren. (end)