KIYOSHI OSAWA

The story of a remarkable Japanese man who loved his adopted country. Mabuhay ka!

Philippines Japan Society Medal of Merit Awardees

THE PHILIPPINES-JAPAN SOCIETY

by unanimous resolution of its Board of Directors
proudly confers upon

KIYOSHI OSAWA

the

 MEDAL OF MERIT

 for Outstanding Achievement in the Promotion
of Philippines-Japan Relations


                Kiyoshi Osawa was born on January 31, 1906, in the town of Gunma, a farming village in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from Takasaki High School in 1924 and the following year, at the age of 19, he came to the Philippines and landed at the port of Zamboanga as a free immigrant. For six months, he worked as a clerk/field laborer at a coconut plantation owned by an American in Basilan Island. In 1929, at the age of 23, he established in Manila the K. Osawa Shops, sole distributors of Mizuno sporting goods and Club cosmetics. In 1939, he was voted President of the Japanese Young Men’s Association of Manila (membership approximately 1,000).

During the war, he was made…

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