On June 6, Mitsuo Hayashi was officially awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays by the Japanese Government for his contribution to the social welfare of the Nikkei Community in Canada. Upon receiving this award from Consul General Hideki Ito, Mitsuo Hayashi warmly expressed his sincere thanks to his wife, Emmie, for all her kind understanding and help. Without her support, all the great accomplishments Mr. Hayashi has achieved to benefit the community would not be possible. “I appreciate very much the great assistance and kind and warm understanding of my wife, Emmie. Without her cooperation, I would not able to do this much…It is my great honour to receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays from the Japanese Government for my contribution to the social welfare of the Nikkei Community here.” The official presentation of the award was made by Consul General Hideki Ito on June 6, 2012 in Vancouver.