Minister Kishida presented Foreign Minister’s Commendations and a Letter of Appreciation to the Chester Beatty Library, Mr Hugo O’Donnell, Chairperson of “Experience Japan”, Mr Hiroaki Ozaki, and Ms Barbara Geraghty.
(1) Chester Beatty Library (Foreign Minister’s Commendation)
The Chester Beatty Library was established in Dublin in 1954 to house the art collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. Out of its collection of approximately 30,000 items, around 2,000 are Japanese scrolls and manuscripts and works of art. The Chester Beatty Library has contributed to the promotion of Japanese art and culture in Ireland through preserving, restoring, and exhibiting these artworks.
(2) Mr Hugo O’Donnell (Foreign Minister’s Commendation)
In 2010, Mr O’Donnell was appointed Chairperson of the Steering Committee of “Experience Japan”, the largest Japan-related cultural event in Ireland. A record number of approximately 20,000 visitors attended the event in 2016, and it has made a major contribution to presenting Japanese culture in Ireland and promoting mutual understanding between the people of the two countries.
(3) Mr Hiroaki Ozaki (Foreign Minister’s Commendation)
As a committee member since the 1990s of the Japanese Business Society, which founded the Saturday School for Japanese Children, Mr Ozaki has contributed greatly to the growth of the Japanese community in Ireland through his dedication to ensuring the continued development of the Saturday School and Japanese Business Society.
(4) Ms Barbara Geraghty (Letter of Appreciation)
Having taught English in Japan as a participant in the JET Programme and in other institutions from 1989, Ms Geraghty has taught Japanese language at the University of Limerick (in the west of Ireland) without interruption from 2000 to the present. She has played a leading role in the development of Japanese language education in Ireland.