The Japan America Society of Southern California will celebrate its 105th anniversary on Tuesday, June 17, at the Berverly Wilshire (a Four Seasons hotel), 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.

Tomo Mizutani
Tomo Mizutani

Reception and silent auction at 6 p.m.; dinner and program at 7 p.m.

The evening’s honorees are:

• Tomo Mizutani, president, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. is a Japanese success story in the United States. Under Mizutani’s leadership, the company’s revenues have increased three-fold and the tire units more than doubled. While still catering to the car enthusiasts who helped establish the brand, Mizutani has led Nitto’s award-winning marketing efforts, expanding the brand and garnering 6 million Facebook fans. Mizutani has also served as a leader in U.S.-based corporate social responsibility through Nitto’s support of Japan America Society and other important Japanese American community and veteran organizations.

Anderson and Dickson
Taylor Anderson and Montgomery Dickson

• Taylor Anderson and Montgomery Dickson, JET Programme assistant language teachers. On March 11, 2011, two Americans participating in the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme as assistant English language teachers lost their lives during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Anderson, who was in Ishinomaki City, and Dickson, who was in Rikuzentakata City, will be forever remembered as cultural ambassadors representing the U.S. They had a positive influence on the people and communities they served.

For additional information or VIP reception and sponsorship opportunities, contact Kay Amano, programs director, at or (310) 965-9050, ext. 104.

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