Chicago Shimpo
Two Distinguished Americans Honored by Emperor’s Award


Mr. Michael H. Moskow and Mr. William G. Christensen were honored by the Emperor’s award in the 2019 Spring Decoration for their outstanding contributions to the Japan-US relationship.

Moskow was bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 23 during a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo followed by an audience with Emperor Naruhito.

He has been Chairman of the Japan America Society of Chicago since 2008; Vice Chair and Distinguished Fellow on the Global Economy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; former Deputy United States Trade Representative with rank of Ambassador; former President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

According to a news release from the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago, throughout his professional career, Moskow has contributed to strengthening economic relationship and promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States. He has played a vital role in the USTR during the trade negotiation between Japan and the United States under the George H.W. Bush administration.

Mr. William G. Christensen will be conferred the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Rays sometime in July. He has contributed to Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago since 1978. His story will be included in the August issue of the Chicago Shimpo.


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bestows Michael H. Moskow the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star on May 23 during a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. (Photo: courtesy of Mr. Moskow)


Michael H. Moskow and his wife Suzanne Kopp-Moskow pose
for a commemorative photo. (Photo: courtesy of Mr. Moskow)