Kikkoman Foods’ Mick Neshek Honored by Emperor’s Award, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays
• “I am humbled to receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays from Emperor Akihito. It is the honor of my lifetime,” Neshek said in an statement. “I share it with the many people I’ve worked with who share my desire for stronger ties between the United States and Japan. I will continue to promote an even stronger relationship between the two countries. This work will continue to benefit from the commitment of dedicated people in both countries.”
• Neshek, then an attorney in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, was
hired in 1971 to help Kikkoman Foods with the siting and construction
of a soy sauce factory in the Town of Walworth, Wis. According to a release
from Kikkoman Foods, the factory was a bold experiment at the time because
it would be Kikkoman Corp.’s first outside of Japan and the first manufacturing
facility of any Japanese company outside of that country.
• For more than four decades, Neshek has been active
in transnational organizations focused on strengthening business and cultural
relations between the two countries. He joined the board of directors
of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association in 1990 and was later elected the
association’s vice chairman in 1999.
• According to Kikkoman Foods, Yuzaburo Mogi, honorary CEO and Chairman of the board of Kikkoman Corp, congratulated Neshek by saying, “I wholeheartedly congratulate Mick on being honored with the order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays. Today, the establishment of Kikkoman Foods is known as a model case for Japanese companies to establish plants in the United States. We’ve come a long way, but your dedication and commitment have been an indispensable part of this journey. I am very proud of you as my friend and also as a big part of our Kikkoman family.”
• Former Gov. Thompson also commended Neshek’s work and
remembered when he was a state legislator, “I always have appreciated
Mick’s friendship and counsel, particularly during our many state trade
missions to Japan. Mick made a real difference on those trips, through
his work with Kikkoman and as a leader of many groups working toward our
common goal of strengthening relations between the U.S. and Japan.”
Milton E. “Mick” Neshek of Kikkoman Foods, Inc.