Norman P. Neureiter, the first director of the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy, has received one of the highest honors awarded by the Japanese government, for his career contributions to science and technology cooperation between Japan and the United States.
Neureiter, now a senior adviser to the AAAS Center, accepted the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star decoration in a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on 5 November 2010. The investiture ceremony was followed by a reception with Emperor Akihito.
“We are delighted that Japan has seen fit to honor Dr. Neureiter’s global science leadership in this very prestigious way,” said Alan I. Leshner, chief executive officer of AAAS and executive publisher of Science. “He is a fine colleague who leads both intellectually and through his own extensive international activities.”
Neureiter started working with Japan in 1963, when he became the first permanent U.S. program director for the U.S.—Japan Cooperative Science Program that was initiated under President John F. Kennedy. From 1989 to 1994, he lived in Tokyo and served as vice president of Texas Instruments Asia.
In 1994, Neureiter was asked by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to chair the U.S. side of an advisory committee established under the U.S.—Japan Science Cooperation Agreement. He served as U.S. cochair of that committee, the Joint High-Level Advisory Panel, until 2000.
Neureiter said the award ceremony and reception gave him and his wife, Georgine, “a poignant sense of the rich historical traditions of Japan, while recognizing at the same time Japan’s own unique contributions to cutting-edge science and technology.”
Neureiter, who speaks Japanese, visits Japan at least once a year for professional activities. In October, he spoke about science diplomacy at the 50th anniversary celebration of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Tokyo office.