Sawada gets Japan honour
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE former President of the Japanese Association Brunei Darussalam and former Secretary-General of the Brunei-Japan Friendship Association (BJFA), Hiroshi Sawada received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays from the Government of Japan on April 29.
He received the honour in recognition of his significant contribution to promote bilateral relationships between Brunei Darussalam and Japan, as well as to further Bruneian’s understanding of Japan.
Sawada is the first Japanese to receive this honour in relation to Brunei Darussalam, a press statement from the Embassy of Japan in Brunei said.
Today (May 12), Sawada together with his spouse Shigeko Sawada will attend the conferment ceremony conducted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida and will be received in audience by His Majesty the Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace.
Sawada has lived in Brunei Darussalam for more than 30 years. He first arrived in the country as a project manager for Mitsubishi Corporation in its joint venture with Brunei Darussalam to set up McFarm at Kg Tungku, Gadong which was working on livestock breeding, read the statement.
The Brunei Times