Shige Higashi, editor of the California newspaper Cultural News, receives the Jizo Peace Center's 2013 Humanitarian Award.
Shige tirelessly dedicates his energy to publicizing Japanese cultural events in Southern California and nearby areas both online and in print. The Cultural News' coverage increases awareness and attendance for Japanese people and others interested in Japanese culture. He is especially honored for hosting trips near Fukushima, Japan, hit by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant meltdowns in March, 2011.
Thousands of people died at that time, and many more were left injured and/or homeless. Shige provides invaluable support to the survivors of the disasters who remain living there. By bringing tourists to Fukushima, he is helping to revive businesses and other severely depressed or eliminated services after the nearly total ruination of life.
He is scheduling his 5th trip to Fukushima for the third anniversary commemoration of the disasters. We are grateful for Shige Higashi's inspiration!