Art Miki National Leadership Award

The Art Miki National Leadership Award is given every two years to an individual who has shown leadership and who has done most for the strength and growth of the National Association of Japanese Canadians at both the local and the national level. It is a lasting acknowledgement to the pivotal role played by Art Miki in the Redress Settlement of 1988 with the Government of Canada as well as his continued advocacy for human rights for all Canadians. The Award – formally known as the NAJC National Award – is the highest award given by this organization.

For details on the nomination process and criteria for the above awards, contact the National Association of Japanese Canadians at national@najc.ca.

(formerly the National Award of Merit) For leadership at local and national level


Art Miki National Leadership Award
(formerly the National Award of Merit) For leadership at local and national level

Maryka Omatsu              2015


NAJC National Award of Merit Recipients

For leadership at local and national level

Art Miki                         1989

Roger Obata                 1991

Harold Hirose              1993

Audrey Kobayashi       1995

Roy Inouye                    1997

Henry Shimizu             1999

Joy Kogawa                   2001

Gordon Hirabayashi   2003

Jesse Nishihata            2005

Tony Tamayose            2007

Keiko Miki                     2009

Ann Sunahara               2010 (exception made)

Mary & Tosh Kitagawa     2013


NAJC National Merit Award Recipients

Awarded by local associations for work at local level  incomplete list

Jim Hiroshi Tomimoto

Kay Keiko Kuwahara

Kimoto Mary

Anne Nakamura

Marianne Natsuhara

Roy Natsuhara

Jim Nishiyama

Kay Robson

John Shimizu

Ed Yamamoto

Chikara Koyanagi

Fumi Fujiwara

Kathryn Honda

Nobu Ellis, Winnipeg

Dan Namba, Winnipeg

Sakaye “Sockeye” Hashimoto

Gayle Swanson

Kiyoko ‘Kay’ Takahara

Tadashi ‘Tad’ Mori

Richard Oikawa

Joe Minten