In Memoriam: Jiro Murase

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Jiro Murase’s passing on Tuesday, August 5 in New York City, at the age of 86.  Mr. Murase, one of the most highly respected and prominent lawyers and advisors working U.S.-Japan relations, was a supporter and friend of Japan Society for nearly four decades.  He served on the Japan Society Board of Directors from 1978 to 2005, when he became a Life Director.  Mr. Murase contributed enormously to Japan Society, and played an important role as a leader of the Japanese and American business communities, holding significant positions in a number of civic, professional and educational institutions.   

We extend our deep condolences to his son and Japan Society Board member Satoru Murase, daughter-in-law Hiroko, daughter Miwa Murase De Bourbon, and their families.


The family of Jiro Murase has graciously asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Japan Society in his memory. We are very moved by their generosity and have established the “Jiro Murase Memorial Fund.”  

Ways to Donate 

By check:
Checks may be made payable to: Japan Society
Memo: Jiro Murase Memorial Fund

Mail checks to:
Japan Society
Individual Giving Office
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017 

Online donations may be made here by selecting the General Operating Support/Annual Fund category.  After filling in your name, address and payment information, specify Jiro Murase Memorial Fund in the Donor Acknowledgement space.

For further information about donations, please contact Japan Society at murase@japansociety.org, or at 212-715-1270 or 212-715-1250.

村瀬二郎メモリアル・ファンド(Jiro Murase Memorial Fund)へのご寄付に関するお問い合わせ、また日本からの寄付金お振込みにつきましては、Eメール(murase@japansociety.org)またはお電話(212-715-1250)にてニューヨーク、ジャパン・ソサエティーのオフィスまでご連絡いただけます様お願い申し上げます。

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