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of a distinguished leader

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Now accepting applications for the Shirane Fellows program for high school students! Application deadline closes on January 15, 2020.

About Mrs. Shirane

Mrs. Naoko Shirane made a lifelong commitment to building strong international relationships

based on people-to-people relationships. As Senior Advisor to the State of Texas, based in Tokyo, she developed many business and cultural relationships across Texas, including San Antonio, Houston, Austin and the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

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2005

Toyota Truck Assembly Plant
in San Antonio

2006

International Citizen of the Year
Awarded by World Affairs Cou

2013

Gold Rays and Rosette
by the Emperor of Japan

Born on November 28, 1926 in Ashiya City

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“It is our desire that this garden, as a symbol of our cordial relationship, will provide an introduction to one aspect of Japanese culture, and be cherished by the peoples of both cities in years to come.”

Henry G. Cisneros, MayorHenry G. Cisneros, Mayor

“It is our desire that this garden, as a symbol of our cordial relationship, will provide an introduction to one aspect of Japanese culture, and be cherished by the peoples of both cities in years to come.”

Henry G. Cisneros, MayorSan Antonio City Council

“It is our desire that this garden, as a symbol of our cordial relationship, will provide an introduction to one aspect of Japanese culture, and be cherished by the peoples of both cities in years to come.”

Henry G. Cisneros, MayorSan Antonio City Council
Featured Scholarship Winners

Winner of 2017 Scholarship

Adan Silva III

In the United States, we can be so self-absorbed and have no regard for other people, their feelings and well-being. It is a distinguishable norm for American society at this point. We are always asking ourselves “What do I want?” or “What can I gain from this?”, but we never ask ourselves “What do they want?” or “What can they gain from this?” This is where Japan separates itself from the United States.

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