March 31, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] was honored Friday with the 2014 Tomodachi Award from the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of
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. Past recipients include Sen.
and the Seattle Mariners baseball team.
"Boeing is being recognized for decades of positive trade relations with
, former president, Japanese Cultural & 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."
The relationship between Boeing and
spans more than 60 years and includes long-standing partnerships with airlines All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL), as well as partnerships with the company's three major aerospace partners – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries – and other suppliers throughout the country who provide everything from fuselage sections to in-flight entertainment systems for Boeing airplanes.
"Our relationship with
and its people is the very embodiment of the spirit of Tomodachi," said
, president of Boeing Japan. "At Boeing, we have long referred to the companies we do business with in
as our partners and our friends. Friends help one another, and that is what Boeing and its employees have always endeavored to do. To be honored in this way is profoundly satisfying."
In 2012, Boeing procured more than
worth of goods and services from
, and its programs support tens of thousands of high-value aerospace jobs in the country.
In response to Tohoku, Boeing employees in
to the immediate disaster response, which was supplemented by an additional
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 & Community Center of Washington
is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing Japanese and Japanese American history, heritage and culture.