Lt. Governor Habib offered the commencement speech at the 2017 Japan Fair Friends of Japan Benefit Dinner Saturday evening, kicking off two days of festivities celebrating Japanese culture, art, music, and food, and honoring the contributions of the Japanese American community in Washington state.
Lt. Governor Habib spoke at length about the role that Japanese Americans, and Japanese companies have played in enriching our state, from contributions in business, government, and our military, to cuisine, music, and the arts. He thanked the Japanese American community for their support of, and solidarity with the Middle Eastern community in light of recent tensions, acknowledging that the Japanese community has faced similar persecution in decades past. Lt. Governor Habib closed by reaffirming his commitment to strengthening international relations, and pursuing opportunities for trade and global cooperation.
Japan Fair is an annual two-day event in Bellevue, Washington that promotes and celebrates Japanese art and culture. The Fair features a street fair of vendor booths with Japanese wares and crafts, traditional food and drinks, live performances and cultural workshops.