On March 8, the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston hosted an award ceremony and reception to bestow the imperial decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon upon Dr. Margit Maria Nagy for her contributions in promoting the mutual understanding between the United States and Japan and introducing Japanese culture in the United States. Dr. Nagy was one of 89 foreign recipients around the world who the Government of Japan chose to distinguish with the 2016 Fall Imperial Decoration.
The ceremony was held at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) and was attended by city officials, doctors and staff of the university, leaders in the Japanese community, and close friends and family of Dr. Nagy. Among the attendees were Bexar County’s Honorable Judge Peter Sakai; Ms. Sherry Dowlatshahi, Chief of Protocol and Head of International Relations; and Diane Melby, President of OLLU.
Consul-General Tetsuro Amano began the ceremony with his opening remarks; describing Dr. Nagy’s study of Japanese history and numerous achievements in strengthening the U.S.-Japan relationship from a grass-roots level as those that merited the decoration (Link). Consul-General Amano then officially conferred upon Dr. Nagy the decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon and his wife, Mrs. Amano presented a bouquet. Dr. Nagy’s close friend Dr. Ann Petrus then gave a speech, sharing her personal reflections and congratulations.
Dr. Nagy gave a speech in which she expressed her appreciation for this prestigious award and thanked Japan America Society of San Antonio, Our Lady of the Lake University, and all of her friends and family for their guidance and support As a close to the ceremony, OLLU President Melby gave a congratulatory toast to Dr. Nagy’s great achievements.
For further information about Dr. Nagy’s specific achievements, please refer to the November 7, 2015 Press Release (link).