Former MIPR Deputy Minister receives Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun

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ONE of his greatest contributions in relation to Japan is the establishment of the Brunei-Japan Friendship Association in 1998 which during the 15 years of the existence, the association has contributed in many ways such as organising cultural events, fostering exchange of people, introducing Japanese culture in Brunei as well as promoting the Language.

Dato Paduka Hj Hamdillah Hj Abdul Wahab, advisor to the Brunei-Japan Friendship Association (BJFA), has made outstanding contributions to the development of relations between Japan and Brunei.

This was said by the Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam, His Excellency Kenichi Suganuma during the presentation of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon to Dato Paduka Hj Hamdillah Hj Abdul Wahab, advisor of the Brunei-Japan Friendship Association (BJFA) yesterday.

The event took place at the Ambassador’s residence in Kg Sg Tilong.

Dato Paduka Hj Hamdillah was among the 49 foreign recipients of the 2013 Autumn Imperial Decorations.

The conferral of the decorations is an affirmation of the deepening ties between Japan and Brunei.

During an interview with The Brunei Times, Dato Paduka Hj Hamdillah expressed his deepest contentment in receiving the award.

“I am very happy and honoured to be bestowed the award by the Emperor of Japan. They said it’s something you get at the end of your career and you have to be over 60,’’ he joked.

He said that it is important to have the young people take part in the association’s activity.

“This award is something I’m very proud of on behalf of BJFA and BJFA-UBD. The approach for BJFA-UBD now is that we really need to use the bilateral initiative to develop our people. We always believe that at the end of the day, the future lies in the hands of youth not only in Brunei but also in Japan,’’ he said.

Dato Paduka Hj Hamdillah , who is also former deputy minister of Industry and Primary Resources, former (founding) president of the Brunei-Japan Friendship Associatio and former Chief Executive of Brunei LNG.

He received The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in recognition of his significant contribution in promoting friendly relations between Japan and Brunei Darussalam; and in promoting the Bruneians’ understanding of Japan, its cultures and its traditions.

The Brunei Times