Nitto-sponsored documentary wins award

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A documentary about the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (Hawaii) sponsored by Nitto Tire U.S.A. has won the New York Festival bronze award in the best biography/profile category.

“Journey to Washington: On the Trail of Senator Inouye, Japanese-American Pioneer” provides insight into the life of the nation’s first Japanese-American senator.

Senator Inouye represented the state of Hawaii from 1965 until his death in 2012. He was also a decorated World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient whose story represents the many challenges that Japanese Americans faced during World War II.

At the time of his passing, he was the highest-ranking Asian American senator and President Pro Tempore of the senate, making him third in the presidential line of succession. 

“Senator Inouye is commonly regarded as a ‘star among stars’ within the Japanese-American communities,” says Tomo Mizutani, president of Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas, the parent company of Nitto Tire U.S.A.

“He was an inspiration to many Japanese business leaders including myself, committing his life to fighting the discriminatory treatment many Japanese-Americans experienced after the attack on Peral Harbor. His achievements as a U.S. senator helped pave the way for many of us today.”

The documentary was produced by Fujisankei Communications International (FCI), the American arm of the Japanese media conglomerate Fujisankei Communications Group (FCG).  

The New York Festival is a globally recognized international awards event.  For the film categories alone, over fifty countries were represented this year, competing for a variety of awards segmented by gold, silver and bronze. 

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