82nd Annual Seattle-King County

First Citizen 


A Virtual Celebration with

Tomio Moriguchi and Family!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

4:00 PM

Photo courtesy of Brandtegic

“Community treasure” Tomio Moriguchi is known for his lifetime of generosity and inspirational acts that transcend borders and generations.
“As a past recipient of this prestigious award, I cannot think of a more worthy 2020 awardee than Tomio. He and his family were early pioneers in the specialty grocery business, catering to Asian and Asian American tastes. However, he is mainly deserving because of his lifetime of generosity, giving back to our community in countless ways to make it a better place. He is truly one of the icons in business and is a role model for up-and-coming diverse leaders, as his inspirational acts transcend generations.”
Phyllis Campbell, Pacific Northwest Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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About Tomio Moriguchi and Family

When Tomio Moriguchi retired as chairman and CEO of Uwajimaya at the end of 2017, Jim Wajone, who succeeded him as chairman of the family-owned specialty supermarket, praised him for his strategic leadership and vision. Outside that business, Moriguchi is revered for his volunteerism, generosity, advocacy, and dedication. 


Moriguchi's remarkable contributions and benevolence have enriched communities not only locally, but also internationally. 

Selfless community service by the Moriguchis dates to the company’s founder (Tomio’s father, Fujimatsu) and continues today with the third generation that includes Tomio’s daughter, Denise, who became the company’s CEO in early 2017.


About the
First Citizen Award

In 1939, years of economic hardship during the Great Depression had taken a toll on the spirit and morale of the people of Seattle. In response, REALTORS® sought to boost public sentiment and brighten our outlook by drawing attention to the positive community and civic work taking place throughout the region.

To that end, REALTORS® commissioned Seattle artist Dudley Pratt to sculpt an expression of the great work that can be accomplished by those who support the needs of the people, a work emblematic of “those who seek first to serve our citizens.” Each year since, the Seattle King County REALTORS® have presented the First Citizen Award as an expression of gratitude to those who devote themselves to the well-being and prosperity of our community.


Thursday, March 25, 2021

4:00 PM

Photos courtesy of Brandtegic

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