Ambassador Richard C. Patterson, Jr., Commissioner of the Department of Public Events and Chief of?
Shows Sato arriving at City Hall, Wagner gives him New York City's Medallion of Honor, Sato departs. Enclosed: city press release. Accompanying Sato and presenting him to Mayor Wagner is Ambassador Richard Patterson, Jr. chief Protocol officer for the City of New York.
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Background: Ambassador Richard C. Patterson, Jr., Commissioner of the Department of Public Events and Chief of Protocol for the City of New York, announced today that His Excellency Eisaku Sato, Prime Minister of Japan, will be honored by Mayor Robert F. Wagner at a City Hall ceremony on Thursday, January 14, 1965, at 12 o'clock noon.
The Prime Minister and members of his party will arrive on a Presidential plane from Washington at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday at 11:10 AM and will be greeted by Ambassador patterson, who will escort them to City Hall.
The ceremony, to be attended by distinguished guests from public life and the business world, will be held in the Mayor's Reception Room. The Prime Minister will be presented with the city's Medallion of Honor by Mayor Wagner, and it is inscribed as follows:
H.E. Eisaku Sato
Prime Minister of Japan
Whose understanding of world affairs exalts him as leader of Japan and as an advocate of universal peace
Robert F. Wagner
Mayor of the City of New York
January 14, 1965
An example of the firm ties between the two great democracies, Japan in the East and the United States of America in the West, is the New York-Tokyo Sister-City Affiliation, a People-to-People Exchange Program. Its ever widening activities are reaching sections of the two countries beyond the immediate great metropolitan areas. One of the more recent outstanding and impressive gifts from the citizens of Tokyo to New York City is the magnificent handwoven Doncho curtain which has been viewed by thousands in Radio City Music Hall. A very large mural by the well known Japanese pa???, Bell Kushida, has been placed on display in the Finch Museum, gr??? as a symbol of the warmth of feeling between our two peoples.
Other Affiliation activities include exchanges of films, slides, records, books, statuary, zoo animals and plants, but most important, people especially the Sister-Schools Program involving many thousands of children. The accelerating tempo of visits by people under the sponsorship and impetus of the Affiliation is promoting friendship on a person to person basis, with the ultimate goal of peace through mutual respect and understanding.
The Prime Minister's acceptance speech will be followed by the traditional signing of the guest book to conclude the ceremony. He will then leave City Hall for the United Nations Building.
January 14 1:15 p.m. Private luncheon at United Nations by Secretary General U Thant
3:00 p.m. Press Conference Waldorf-Astoria .. Basildon Room
7:15 p.m. Dinner Waldorf-Astoria..Grand Ballroom By the Japan Society, Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Nippon Club, Far East America Council of Commerce and Industry
January 15 9:10 a.m. Depart New York City for Los Angeles John F. Kennedy International Airport