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Mondale Receives Japanese Imperial Decoration

FEBRUARY 26, 2009—On Feb. 26, 2009, former senator, vice president, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Walter F. Mondale ('56) will be honored at a reception given by the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Ichiro Fujisaki, and Mrs. Fujisaki at the Ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C.

The event will celebrate Mondale's selection by the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan to receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers. Established in 1888, the award is the highest in the Orders of the Rising Sun and one of the highest Japanese Imperial Decorations.

Mondale is being honored for his contributions to the enhancement of good will and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States. He was the only foreign citizen among those chosen for the award last November.

Mondale was the ambassador to Japan from 1993-97, during the Clinton administration. He worked to balance economic and trade relations, revitalize security connections and, with the help of his wife, Joan Adams Mondale, expand cultural and educational ties between the two countries. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes understanding and cooperation in U.S.-Asia relations.

Walter Mondale Walter F. Mondale, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and Joan Mondale, 1993