Award of the Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY2022 (August 9, 2022)


On August 4, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced the name of the recipients of the Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY2022. The following individual is awarded the Commendations from Colorado:


Bonnie Clark, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Denver (Services: Promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S.A.)


Ms. Bonnie Clark, Professor of Anthropology Department at the University of Denver, used her knowledge of anthropology to launch the Amache Project, which began in 2005 at the University of Denver to excavate the site of the Amache Camp where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. She has worked on the Amache Project with the local community. Professor Clark’s activities have increased the historical evaluation and importance of the Amache Camp site and it joined the National Park system as a National Historic Site in 2022. Her efforts to educate the public about the history and culture of the Japanese and Japanese American incarceration contributed to promoting mutual understanding and friendship between the people of Japan and the United States.


The Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups for outstanding achievements in international fields in order to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries and areas. The Commendations also aim to promote the understanding and support of the Japanese public for the activities of the recipients. The Consulate-General of Japan in Denver extends its most sincere congratulations to Professor Bonnie Clark, and expresses its deep respect for her contributions and achievement.


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