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The Commendation of the Consul General of Japan in Denver

Mr. Charles Ozaki

Mr. John Hopper

The Consulate-General of Japan in Denver is pleased to announce that Mr. Chares Ozaki, City and County Manager of the City and County of Broomfield, and Mr. John Hopper, a teacher at Granada High School, have been named as recipients of The Commendation of the Consul General of Japan in Denver for 2014.

This award is a citation by the Consul General of Japan, presented to honor respected citizens and organizations who have made exceptional contributions in areas such as the development of mutual understanding and friendly ties between nations, the promotion of international cooperation in economic relations, the encouragement of cultural exchange, and other various activities which enhance the relationship of our two countries.

Mr. Charles Ozaki is regarded as one of the leaders of the Japanese American community in Colorado, and takes a leading role in many activities of various Japanese American-related organizations such as the Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple and Sakura Square/Tamai Tower. In addition, he contributes to the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the US through a strong commitment to sister city exchanges between Broomfield and Ueda, Japan, and through involvement with the Japan America Society of Colorado.

Mr. John Hopper has made tremendous contributions to the preservation of the Granada Relocation Center known as Camp Amache, an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. Mr. Hopper founded the Amache Preservation Society, consisting of local students, which has made great efforts at restoring, preserving, and educating about the Amache site. These efforts paid off when the Federal Government recognized the site as National Historic Landmark in 2006.