The Commendation of the Consul General is designed to be conferred on individuals or organizations promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and foreign nations, in support of a Consulate General’s mission.
On Nov. 26, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles awarded this commendation to Mrs. Kaneko Bishop, President of the San Diego – Yokohama Sister City Society at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Kaneko Bishop was born in 1930 in Aichi Prefecture. She met Dr. Kenneth Bishop in Nagoya, and married in 1955.
Prior to becoming the president of the sister city society in 2002, Mrs. Bishop demonstrated great leadership in fundraising, and the planning and execution of various anniversary events.
As the president of the society, she exerted great efforts to install the “Girl with Red Shows” statue in San Diego and the “Patience” sculpture in Yokohama.
After the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, Mrs. Bishop was struck by a strong feeling that something needed to be done to help the victims. In May 2011, the society sent over $10,000 aid money to the affected areas, providing support to the victims.