Japan Society gala highlights contributions of local residents

Photo courtesy of Nobuko Saito Cleary
Japan Society gala guests included, above, from left, Japan Society President Larry Greenwood and Los Altos Hills residents Jim and Becky Morgan and Gary and Nobuko Saito Cleary. 

The Japan Society of Northern California hosted its 32nd Award of Honor Gala Oct. 20 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. Nobuko Saito Cleary of Los Altos Hills served as co-chairwoman of the event.

A capacity crowd of 300 attended the gala, which honored former Los Altos Hills resident William J. Perry, past U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Hiroaki Nakanishi, executive chairman of Hitachi Ltd.

Perry received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-standing dedication to establishing U.S. relationships with Japan and globally, particularly through his William J. Perry Project, with its mission of engaging and educating the public on the dangers of nuclear weapons.

Chad Cannon, composer of the score for “Paper Lanterns,” a movie co-produced by Cleary, and Mai Fujisawa, a vocalist who flew in from Japan for the gala, provided the entertainment.

Cleary acknowledged the efforts of a guest in attendance, John Roos, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, who was instrumental in urging former President Barack Obama to attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

Local residents who attended the gala included former State Sen. Becky Morgan and Jim Morgan, past CEO and chairman of Applied Materials and a Japan Society honoree in 1999; Glaucoma Research Foundation president and CEO Thomas Brunner and his wife, Wally; and scientist Gary W. Cleary.

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