Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., Cypress, Calif., was recognized by the Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC) at its 105th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Also, Tomo Mizutani, Nitto president, was presented with the organization’s Kokusai Shimin Sho (International Citizens Award) in recognition of his business leadership, community involvement and stewardship to strengthen Japanese-American relations, according to a press release.
“It is an honor to have been recognized not just for the work that we have done to grow a Japanese business in America,” said Mizutani, “but also for the outreach that we have done with the Japanese-American community.”
The Japan American Society of Southern California was founded in 1909 to build economic, cultural, governmental and personal relationships between the people of Japan and America, the release noted. The Society created the Victor M. Carter Perpetual Award in 1961 to honor citizens of the greater Los Angeles area who have done the most to foster and perpetuate friendship and understanding between the United States and Japan.
In 1988, the organization then went on to create the International Citizens Award to honor and recognize individuals, businesses or organizations that have enhanced the Japan-United States relationship and are committed to the strengthening of bonds between the two nations.
Nitto has become a prominent part of the Japanese-American community, supporting organizations like the JASSC as well as the Japanese American National Museum, where it has sponsored a multi-language digital docent app that allows tourists from all over the world to explore the museum when actual docents aren’t available, according to the company.
Under Mizutani’s guidance, Nitto has also created an award-winning video series that highlights influential Japanese-Americans and non-Japanese-Americans who have contributed significantly to the community.