Monthly Archives: July 2014

Fraser receives Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation

July 29th, 2014|

The Foreign Ministry of Japan has announced that Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, will be one of only 10 Americans to receive the distinguished Foreign Minister’s Commendation in 2014. Fraser will be honored for her contributions to promoting mutual understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this Commendation from Foreign Minister Kishida and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said Fraser. “Our two countries share a very special bond. I am proud to see that through our state’s many sister-city organizations, the Washington-Hyogo Sister State relationship, and close cultural and economic ties between Washington State and Japan, we are able to strengthen that bond for generations to come.”

Fraser has been involved in sister city exchanges between the city of Olympia and Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture since 1980. Last year, she served as the chair of the Washington-Hyogo Sister State 50th Anniversary Host Committee and welcomed Hyogo Prefecture Governor Toshizo Ido and his delegation to Olympia. Fraser has also led successful exchanges between the two states.

This year, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs will award 108 individuals and 30 groups from around the world with the Foreign Minister’s Commendation. Each recipient will be presented with award certificates and commemorative gifts of pure silk furoshiki, a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, from Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

To read the release and view the list of recipients from the Foreign Ministry of Japan, click here.

Ruckelshaus Center to lead Capitol Lake assessment

July 16th, 2014|

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has released an update on the timeline and process moving forward with the assessment of Capitol Lake. The following information is from their letter released June 23, 2014:

The Department of Enterprise Services has retained the neutral, university-based William D. Ruckelshaus Center to assess the issues and potential for collaboration around future management of the Capitol Lake basin. We are sending this letter in an effort to uniformly address questions related to the work that the Ruckelshaus Center will perform, including the nature of the work, the current status and anticipated timeline, and contact information for the project manager in this effort.

The Ruckelshaus Center will conduct an assessment of the issues, perspectives, and dynamics related to Capitol Lake management – and to gauge the prospects for a potential collaborative process to address those issues. This situation assessment will be a semi-structured, interview-based process to explore and better understand the issues and interests of involved parties, as well as the situation dynamics.

A situation assessment is a typical first step in exploring a potential collaborative process. It reveals useful information to inform next steps, which may or may not include a collaborative effort. The product of the assessment will be a report articulating the major issues and key parties involved, and documenting their interests and perspectives. The report will also analyze and explore the prospects for a collaborative process to address those issues. The assessment will include a list of those who were interviewed and the key themes that emerged from the interviews, but will not associate names with specific statements, in order to encourage frankness and open sharing of information.

The Ruckelshaus Center is a joint effort of Washington’s two […]

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    Women Leaders: Fraser meets with Irish Ambassador to the U.S.

Women Leaders: Fraser meets with Irish Ambassador to the U.S.

July 9th, 2014|

Recently, Sen. Karen Fraser had the opportunity to meet with H.E. Anne Anderson, Ireland’s first female Ambassador to the U.S.

During the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Women in Business and Leadership Initiative event, presented by the Irish Network, Ambassador Anderson gave a talk  which focused on the importance of the growing role women leaders play in government and international relations.

To learn more about the event, click here.