18 October 2018 - 9 Heshvan 5779 - ט' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
AJC honours Japanese Ambassador Hideo Sato E-mail
Ambassador Hideo Sato, a Japanese diplomat, was honoured on 16 May by the AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organisation, with its prestigious Madeline and Bruce Ramer Award for Diplomatic Excellence.

“Some diplomats are particularly well-positioned to have a major impact on a country’s foreign policy. Hideo Sato, in a career spanning more than three decades, excelled in strengthening relations between Japan and Israel, and understanding between Japan and the Jewish people,” said AJC CEO David Harris.

AJC Honorary President Bruce Ramer presented the award at the annual meeting of the AJC Los Angeles Regional Office. The award recognises an outstanding official who has furthered the cause of positive relations between his or her country and Jewish communities in the US and abroad.

“I did simply what was expected of me as a diplomat, to deepen and enhance understanding and friendship with other countries, in my case with Israel and the Jewish people,” said Sato. He praised David Harris and AJC for their “long and valuable friendship and cooperation with Japan”.

During a 33-year career in Japan’s Foreign Ministry, Sato served four times in the Japanese Embassy in Israel, the last position as ambassador from 2011 to 2014. Earlier in his diplomatic career, Sato served as First Secretary of Japan’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 1995. He first joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982 while studying at Tel Aviv University.
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