November 10, 2006
The United States' prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has named JICA President Sadako Ogata as the winner of its Public Service Award for her "lifetime commitment to education, diplomacy, and humanitarian affairs."
The award, and a second for Corporate Citizenship to Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda, honorary chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation, will be presented at a ceremony in Tokyo on April 4, 2007. It is the first time the center has presented these awards to Japanese citizens.
"The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service will be given to Mrs. Sadako Ogata for her lifetime commitment to education, diplomacy, and humanitarian affairs," an announcement from the center said.
"Today, as president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, she continues to serve the world and her country by bringing Japan and developing nations closer together in a cooperative effort toward security and prosperity for all."
The announcement also highlighted her other roles.
"While teaching at International Christian University and Sophia University in Japan, she concentrated on scholarly research which spanned Japanese diplomatic and political history, United Nations affairs, and a wide range of global peacekeeping and peace-building affairs," it said.
It added, "As one of Japan's most accomplished women, her public service career is highlighted by a long tenure as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, during which she witnessed firsthand pressing global issues and advocated resolutions to improve the lives of millions. She also served as the co-chair of the Commission on Human Security.