The Japan-America 
Society of New Hampshire

Presentation of the Order of the Rising Sun & Reception

  • 05 Sep 2011
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wentworth By the Sea Hotel, 588 Wentworth Rd., New Castle NH


  • The reception and award presentation are open to the public.

Registration is closed

The Japan-America Society of New Hampshire

& The Consulate-General of Japan in Boston
request the pleasure of your company

on Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day
Monday, September the fifth
Two thousand and eleven

for the presentation of

The Imperial Order of the Rising Sun

Gold Rays with Rosette


Charles Bartholomew Doleac, Esq.

Reception at 5:00 p.m.

Award Presentation at 5:30 p.m.

at the historic

Wentworth By the Sea Hotel
588 Wentworth Road
New Castle, New Hampshire

Please RSVP by registering for the event on this website or call Stephanie Seacord, 603-772-1835

On June 18, 2011 the Government of Japan announced that Charles B. Doleac, Esq. of Portsmouth New Hampshire is the recipient of the Imperial Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. The award is made twice a year to fewer than 100 foreign nationals who foster positive relationships with Japan. Atty. Doleac is one of 13 in the US to be honored in the 2011 Spring Decorations. This is the first time the award ceremony has ever taken place in New Hampshire.
The announcement issued by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted:
"In 1988 Mr. Doleac established the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire to promote mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S. and to strengthen the nations' friendly relations. He has worked tirelessly since then as President of the society to achieve these ends.
"Portsmouth, where the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire is based, was the stage for the peace conference, which ended the Japan-Russo war in the early 20th century. Here, the Treaty of Portsmouth was signed and the war brought to a close. Theodore Roosevelt successfully orchestrated this peace conference, and later received the Nobel Peace Prize.

"Mr. Doleac understands that the effort of Portsmouth's citizens at that time to create a welcoming atmosphere for both Japanese and Russian delegates provides a model for citizen-involvement in multilateral diplomacy's conflict resolutionUnder Mr. Doleac's leadership, the Japan Society of New Hampshire organized the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum, which examines such topics as the significance of citizen diplomacy in the conflict-resolution process, the historical background of the Treaty of Portsmouth, the Japan-Russo war, and current Japan-Russo relations. Through conducting such activities, Mr. Doleac has made efforts to encourage mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the United States.
"When plans were announced to demolish the hotel where the delegates from both Japan and Russia stayed during the peace negotiations (Wentworth By the Sea), Mr. Doleac made great efforts to preserve this historic building. He insisted that the hotel is historically valuable and that passing it down to future generations would further strengthen the Japan-US friendship. As part of the 100th anniversary of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty in 2005, Mr. Doleac organized a community committee that produced a series of significant events which encouraged the deeper understanding of the Japan-US alliance among US citizens, and which bolstered the trilateral ties between Japan, US, and Russia through the Treaty of Portsmouth.
"In light of these contributions, the government of Japan acknowledges Mr. Doleac as an appropriate person to receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette and is delighted to announce the decoration."


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