Each year, the Annual Dinner of The Japan Society of Boston celebrates the organization's role as a bridge between the people of Japan and America. The Dinner provides an opportunity to support the diverse activities of the Japan Society of Boston. The Society carefully selects individuals to honor who have made outstanding contributions to the greater good in both the US and Japan: business and cultural leaders as well as internationally celebrated artists and performers.In addition to our honored guests, The Annual Gala features fine cuisine, world-class music, and a silent auction with specialty items donated to support our mission: to connect Boston and Japan in friendship for the greater good.
On April 17, 2018, we honored two distinguished citizens.
Mr. Roger T. Servison
As a dedicated Japan Society of Boston Board Member for more than two decades, Roger Servison's exemplary service in Boston has fostered decades of art and cultural exchange with Japan. Roger’s tireless leadership in changing the cultural and educational landscape for major institutions includes being a trustee for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which houses the largest collection of Japanese art outside of Japan, serving as a Vice-Chairman of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and as a board member of Historic New England and Harvard Business School. Professionally, Mr. Servison was the president of Strategic New Business Development at Fidelity Investments, and was President and Director of Fidelity Brokerage Services (Japan) for ten years. After graduating from Harvard Business School in 1969, Mr. Servison became actively involved in the finance industry, working at Fidelity since the 1970s.
Midori's music and personal grace have brought Japan, America, and the world closer together. Midori began touching audiences with her debut at the New York Philharmonic at age 11. She has since performed throughout the world for more than thirty years. Extending her generosity and art to children, Midori has her own foundation supporting music education in America and Japan: Midori and Friends, and established MUSIC SHARING in Japan, which brings global musicians together to share classical music with young people who may not have the opportunity otherwise. Midori is a UN Messenger of Peace and received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Midori has performed with dozens of the world's finest orchestras and produced nearly twenty acclaimed albums. She has held the Jascha Heifetz Chair as a Distinguished Professor of Violin at the University of Southern California since 2004. In 2018, Midori will join the eminent faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Our Event Chairs this year were:
Matthew Teitelbaum, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Katherine Chapman Stemberg, Trustee, Thomas G Stemberg Charitable Foundation
Peter Grilli, President Emeritus, Japan Society of Boston
Past Honorees include:
Caroline Kennedy - Former Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan
Dr. Kazuo Inamori - President Emeritus of Kyocera Corporation, KDDI, and Japan Airlines
Joi Ito - Director of MIT Media Lab
Kathy Matsui - Vice Chair, Chief Japan Strategist, Goldman Sachs, Japan
Anderson Cooper - Anchor, Anderson Cooper 360
Tim and Nancy Cushman - Head Chef and Owners of O Ya Restaurant
Devon Aoki - Actress and Model
Diane Paulus - Director of Theater and Opera at the American Repertory Theater
Shinichiro Takagi - Owner and Head Chef of Zeniya Restaurant in Kanazawa, Japan
Yoshihiro Takishita - Master of traditional Japanese architecture preservation and reconstruction
Wakako Tsuchida - Professional Wheelchair Athlete
Nobuyuki Tsuji - Pianist and Composer
Kenzo Tsujimoto - Capcom CEO and founder of Napa's Kenzo Estate
Ezra Vogel - Distinguished Asian scholar
Shinya Yamanaka - Director, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University