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OBON SOCIETY

ASTORIA, OR   |  www.obonsociety.org
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OBON SOCIETY

EIN: 47-1775267


Mission

To foster peace, friendship, and reconciliation among families and nations, our mission is to repatriate battlefield souvenirs from World War ll, with a particular emphasis on the Yosegaki Hinomaru (Japanese Good Luck Flags).

Ruling year info

2018

Founders

Rex and Keiko Ziak

Main address

818 COMMERCIAL ST STE 103 PO Box 282

ASTORIA, OR 97103 USA

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EIN

47-1775267

Subject area info

Human services

Population served info

Families

Veterans

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Yearly Flag Return Goal

OBON SOCIETY has facilitated the return of hundreds of Good Luck flags to Japan, generously donated from around the globe. Our continuous initiative aims to return 120 flags to Japan annually, ensuring these poignant artifacts find their way back to the families they belong to.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families
Military personnel

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Over the past 15 years, OBON SOCIETY has facilitated more than 20 family-to-family flag return ceremonies, where American families have expressed a heartfelt desire to personally deliver the flags to their Japanese counterparts. Additionally, we have successfully returned over 750 items to families in Japan. In a landmark event back in 2015, OBON escorted six WW2 veterans, each carrying flags, to Japan. This historic journey culminated in a memorable meeting with then-Prime Minister Abe, underscoring the significance and impact of our mission.

Financials

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Founders

Rex and Keiko Ziak

OBON SOCIETY, founded in 2009 by Rex and Keiko Ziak, stemmed from a deeply personal experiencethe return of Keiko's grandfather's lost Yosegaki Hinomaru, or Good Luck Flag, to her mother. Recognizing the significance of returning items to families of loved ones who vanished over 70 years ago, the Ziaks launched OBON SOCIETY. Their mission: to return personal items to the families of fallen Japanese soldiers, fostering reconciliation between families of warring WWII nations. In 2015, the Japanese government's recognition prompted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to meet with the Ziaks in Tokyo to personally receive the returned items. In 2024, co-founder Rex Ziak was honored with the Order of the Rising Sun medal by the Emperor of Japan for his dedication to fostering positive relations through the work of OBON SOCIETY.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
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Board chair

Rex Ziak

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Bethany Glenn

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Bill Garvin

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Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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