Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker honored former President and CEO of Fujitsu America, Inc. Mikito “Mike” Kiname this week with a “Key to the City.” After more than 10 years with Fujitsu in Richardson, Kiname has retired and plans to move to Japan. In a framed letter given to Kiname, Voelker praised Kiname’s leadership in helping Fujitsu “set an example for other local businesses by showing the impact and benefits good corporate stewardship can bring to employees and the community.” Fujitsu has been an active participant in the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership Richardson program and the City’s Corporate Challenge Program.

The Key to the City is the highest honor a mayor can bestow upon a member of the community. The practice can be traced back to medieval times in Europe, when admission into a city was hampered by many legal restrictions, as well as by walls and locked gates. Today, the key is symbolic to honor the outstanding civic contributions of those who receive it.