Consul General Akira Muto awards the 2020 Foreign Minister’s Commendation to Teruko Weinberg on Jan. 8 at a ceremony at his residence.

The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles held a ceremony for the conferment of the 2020 Foreign Minister’s Commendation upon Teruko Weinberg, president of Teruko Weinberg, Inc. and Los Angeles-Nagoya Sister City Affiliation chairperson, on Jan. 8.

The Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups for outstanding achievements in international fields, to acknowledge their contribution to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries. The commendation also aims to promote the understanding and support of the Japanese public for their activities.

Born in Ichinomiya City, Aichi Prefecture, Weinberg moved to the U.S. in 1978 and worked at a Japanese human resource company. After serving as a representative for the company’s U.S. subsidiary, she separated from the company and established her own temporary staffing agency in 1994 called Teruko Weinberg, Inc. Over the span of 26 years, she introduced Japanese and Japanese Americans to many companies as its founder and president and became a bridge between Japan and the U.S. both ways.

Teruko Weinberg addresses attendees at “Nagoya Day” in 2019. (Photo courtesy of LANSCA)

Weinberg joined the Los Angeles-Nagoya Sister City Affiliation in 2005 and was appointed as its chairperson in 2013. Since then, she has organized various programs and events. In 2019, “Nagoya Day 2019” was held in Los Angeles to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their sister-city relationship. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura were invited, and 40,000 people attended the large-scale event. She was also appointed to Nagoya Tourism, Culture & Exchange Special Ambassador by the city of Nagoya in 2017. Over the years, she has played a central role in exchanges between the sister cities.

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