1 April 2014
Boeing (NYSE: BA) said it was honored Friday with the 2014 Tomodachi Award from the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington.
Meaning “friend” in Japanese, the Tomodachi Award is granted each year to individuals or companies who have made an extraordinary contribution to the Japanese community.
“Boeing is being recognized for decades of positive trade relations with Japan,” said Lori Matsukawa, former president, Japanese Cultural and Community Center board of directors. “In addition, we appreciate Boeing´s swift and considerable response to those affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011.”
In 2012, Boeing procured more than USD4bn worth of goods and services from Japan, and its programs support tens of thousands of high-value aerospace jobs in the country. In response to Tohoku, Boeing employees in Japan donated USD1.3m to the immediate disaster response, which was supplemented by an additional USD1m donation from the company and split between Mercy Corps and Disabled Peoples´ International. Employees also have volunteered their time to reforestation and clean-up projects in the area.
Established in 2003, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing Japanese and Japanese American history, heritage and culture.