Longtime businessman Frank S.N. Shimizu has as soon as once more been acknowledged by the Japanese authorities for his assist of the nation by way of his work as chairman of the Guam Nikkei Affiliation.
Three years after receiving a commendation from the Japan Overseas Minister for “the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and Guam,” the Ambros Inc. CEO has been awarded an imperial ornament — the Order of the Rising Solar, Silver Rays.
“I assumed that anyone was pulling my leg,” Shimizu stated when he first obtained discover of the upcoming 2021 Autumn Ornament of Japan on Overseas Nationals. “It wasn’t till I obtained the (imperial) certificates from the consulate’s workplace that it actually hit me.”
The primary Order of the Rising Solar, or Kyokujitsu-shoo, was awarded by Emperor Meiji in 1875. The ornament was awarded to those that represented the Japanese empire effectively. Since then, the imperial honor has prolonged to folks exterior of Japan.
In 1986, Monsignor Oscar L. Calvo was the primary CHamoru to obtain the imperial ornament.
He and Shimizu had been chosen to be adorned attributable to their companies in numerous areas equivalent to politics and diplomacy, trade and financial system, lecturers and tradition in addition to, nationwide curiosity and public welfare of Japan.
Shimizu spent a lot of his life away from Guam. He and his household had continuously traveled when he was a baby, and Shimizu attended highschool and college in america.
After graduating from school, Shimizu had joined the navy, and didn’t return house to Guam till late into his grownup life.
Guam and Japan, nonetheless, was at all times near his coronary heart. “I used to learn rather a lot about my ancestors and the cultures that that they had been part of. I used to be closely invested within the lives of my forefathers and grew to like the locations that that they had known as house.”
Shimizu’s grandfather was Kazuji Shimizu, a Japanese businessman initially from Koga, Ibaraki, who had moved to Guam from Saipan in 1902. Kazuji married Concepcion Torres and began a common merchandise retailer known as JKS Retailer.
Kazuji’s son, Ambrosio Torres Shimizu, adopted in his father’s entrepreneurial footsteps and began Ambros Inc.
In 1973, Ambrosio Shimizu’s sons Frank, Joseph and Paul carried on their father’s enterprise and started to distribute merchandise to different islands within the Marianas, together with Palau and American Samoa.
Whereas increasing his household enterprise, Frank Shimizu tried as a lot as potential to broaden consciousness of Japanese tradition and traditions on Guam by way of his work as chairman of the Guam Nikkei Affiliation.
He and different group members hosted occasions to have fun Japanese tradition and to recollect Japan’s influence on Guam. The Lantern Competition is a yearly occasion that provides respect and honor to the CHamorus which have handed away.
The affiliation additionally hosts a scholar alternate program between center faculty college students in Okayama, Japan and Guam to encourage multicultural friendships at a younger age.
Probably the most significant occasion for Frank Shimzu, although, was the disclosing of the Issei Monument situated in Yigo.
“Issei” is the primary technology of Japanese to have moved away from Japan to a overseas land. The monument was devoted to all of the Japanese who had moved to Guam previous to World Struggle II and for his or her contributions to the Guam group.
“The monument has the names of the 53 Japanese nationals that married regionally and began households,” he stated. “The statue and the work that went into making the monument was, in itself, very important. GNA members needed to discover the names of all of the Japanese that had been residing on Guam previous to the struggle.
“We additionally needed to exit into the group to ask for donations to construct the construction. We’re very grateful to LMS, Sumitomo development firm, and Andy Laguana for making this monument come to life.”
He stated that he wouldn’t have been capable of apply for the order if it weren’t for the affiliation and for the Japanese Consulate in Hagåtña.
“GNA has related me with my roots and due to the group, I’m able to study Japanese-Guam relations and significance.”
In 2018, Frank Shimizu was recommended for the “promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the USA” by the consulate’s workplace on Guam. Shimizu was the primary CHamoru to obtain this award and a particular ceremony was held in honor of him by then-Basic Consul Izumi Seki and Deputy Consul Basic Osamu Ogata.
Two years later, Ogata persuaded him and Joe Tenorio of the consulate’s workplace to use for the imperial ornament.
Frank Shimizu stated that he was unaware of the imperial ornament earlier than it had been talked about to him. “Basic Consul Toshiaki Kobayashi submitted my title. After that, an intensive investigation was performed on me by the Japanese authorities.”
Following the reception for the Silver Rays, Shimizu hopes to proceed spreading Japanese tradition and inspiring his grandchildren to be taught extra about their ancestry.
“I’m 82 years previous. By no means in my life had I anticipated to obtain any imperial honor. Now that I’ve, I’m very grateful for all of the alternatives that I’ve obtained in my life and for my heritage. It’s essential for my youngsters and for all future generations to know that they need to be pleased with their backgrounds.”
He added, “I’m proud to be CHamoru; I’m proud to be Japanese; I’m proud to be American.”