Asia Foundation Trustee James A. Kelly Recipient of Japanese Order of the Rising Sun Award

San Francisco, July 17, 2017 — Earlier this year, the Japanese government announced Asia Foundation Trustee James Andrew Kelly as a recipient of the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. This prestigious award, among Japan’s highest honors, is given to individuals who have made distinguished contributions to strengthening relations between Japan and the United States. Currently president of EAP Associates, LLC of Honolulu, Mr. Kelly is in his third term as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. An announcement issued by Embassy of Japan in the U.S. states: “As Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Kelly placed a priority on the stabilization of the Northeast Asian region through cooperation among allies, which thereby contributed to maintaining and strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance.” Mr. Kelly served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2001 to 2005.

In government and public service for many decades, Mr. Kelly promoted the understanding of Japan in the U.S. in various capacities. He was President of the Pacific Forum at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of Honolulu, where he actively promoted understanding Japan and its role in the region. He also served as Special Assistant to former President Ronald Reagan for National Security Affairs, and as Senior Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council, from 1986-1989. From 1983-1986, Mr. Kelly served at the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (East Asia and Pacific.)

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