Taken from the World Right-to-Die Newsletter issue no. 46, Januray 2005.
The Saba Medal, awarded every two years to the person or organization that has done most during that time for the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, was awarded to the Japan Society for Dying with Dignity.
The medal originated from money left in the estate of Dr. George Saba, a Japanese physician and long-time member of the Japanese society. He attended every international conference of the World Federation during his lifetime. The money was used to strike the medals to be awarded at future conferences.
To date the award has gone to Marshall Perron (Australia), Sidney Rosoff (USA), Derek Humphry (USA), the Dutch NVVE, and now the Japanese Society.
Past-President Michael Irwin (Right) presents Saba Award to President Kitayama of JSDD