John E. Thayer, III Award

Information & Nomination Guidelines

Nominations open November 15, 2018.

The John E. Thayer III Award for Significant Contribution to the Advancement of Understanding between Japan and the United States of America.

The award commemorates the work and commitment of the late John E. Thayer III, a longtime member of the Society’s Board of Directors, who was dedicated to furthering relations between the U.S. and Japan.

The award was developed as a way to recognize, encourage and support significant contributions by individuals, or organizations in advancing understanding and cooperation between Japan and the U.S..


The Society encourages the submission of nominations for exemplary projects, programs and activities in such areas as, but not limited to, business, cultural exchange, education, public affairs, and visual and performing arts. The project may be a single event, a series of events, an on-going project/activity, or for lifetime achievement. It may be in the form of, but not limited to, artistic performances, educational programs, exchange activities, exhibitions, film publications, videos, visual arts, etc.


An individual, multiple people, group, or organization can be nominated.  Any and all references to the "nominee" either singular or plural apply to any individual, multiple people, group, or organization being nominated.  All information requested must be provided for any and all nominee(s).

  • 1. must clearly demonstrate a strong effort to further relations between Japan and the U.S;
  • 2. must successfully promote understanding, awareness and/or friendship between Japan and the U.S.;
  • 3. must demonstrate leadership, innovation and timeliness.


 Nominations may be made by members of the Japan Society of Boston and by non-members alike. The Japan Society Membership shall be notified that nominations are being accepted through announcement on the Society’s website and/or by email.

The following guidelines must be followed when making a nomination. Please review the guidelines thoroughly before submitting a nomination. All inquiries may be directed to or calling the Japan Society at (617) 514-7345.

  • A completed nomination form (see below) must be emailed or mailed to the Japan Society.  Please specify if the nominee is an individual, a group, or an organization. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, January 30, 2019.


2019 Thayer Award Nomination Form.doc


2019 Thayer Award Nomination Form.pdf               

  • A brief statement explaining what project(s) or work the nominee(s) is involved in, along with why the nominator believes the nominee should receive the award.  Please provide any available supporting documentation to assist the Committee with its understanding of the scope and importance of the individual(s)/organizations effort to further U.S.-Japan relations.
  • Each nomination must be accompanied by a minimum of two letters of support for the nominee(s) from individuals other than the nominator. Letters of support must include the name and affiliation of the individual writing the letter, and all contact information.

  •  All materials may be emailed, faxed, or mail, and must be received by the deadline to:
(Please include "Thayer Award Nomination" in the subject line

Mail: Thayer Award Committee
The Japan Society of Boston
50 Milk Street, 18F, Boston, MA 02109

All nominations submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.  

Nominations submitted electronically must be in word or pdf.  Do not submit them as text in the body of an email. 


1.  Individual(s), groups, and organizations are eligible to be nominated.

2.  Board and staff members of the Japan Society of Boston and their immediate families are not eligible.

3.  Projects/activities/events associated with the Japan Society of Boston may be considered only in exceptional cases.


The John E. Thayer III Award Committee will be an ad hoc committee, approved by the President of the Board, and will be composed of the Committee Chair, Keiko Thayer, and at least three other members of the Society.

The selection will be made after all nomination forms have been received and checked for completeness by the staff of the Japan Society of Boston and screened, researched and reviewed by members of the Committee.


The Award will consist of a $1000 cash prize, a written citation, and a special gift.


The award will be presented annual at the Society’s Annual Dinner or other event deemed appropriate by the Japan Society of Boston.  The recipient(s) of the award shall be invited guest(s) of the Society at such event.

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