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Bar News - August 19, 2011

Japan Confers Award on Charles Doleac

Charles B. Doleac
Recognizing more than 20 years of his work promoting friendly relations between Japan and the US, the Japanese government is presenting a major award to Portsmouth attorney Charles B. Doleac.

He will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette on a significant day in a historic location – Sept. 5, 2011, at Wentworth by the Sea hotel. The date marks the 106th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the Japan-Russo war. The treaty was negotiated during a month-long peace conference headquartered at the Wentworth by the Sea. The conference was arranged by President Theodore Roosevelt, who later received the Nobel Peace Prize. (The Summer 2005 issue of Bar Journal, which focused on Alternative Dispute Resolution, included "Roosevelt, the Mikado and the Tsar," by James Fender, an account of Roosevelt’s behind-the-scenes role as a mediator between the warring nations.)

In 1988, Doleac established the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire to promote mutual understanding of the nations. The Japan Society of New Hampshire organized the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Forum, which examines such topics as the significance of citizen diplomacy in the conflict-resolution process, the historical background of the Treaty of Portsmouth, the Japan-Russo war, and current Japan-Russo relations. The group also organized a series of public events during the treaty’s centennial year in 2005 that celebrated the historic event and highlighted the citizen diplomacy of Portsmouth’s citizens.

Following the award presentation, Doleac, an attorney with the law firm of Boynton, Waldron & Doleac, will be deliver a lecture on the significance of the Treaty of Portsmouth.

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