The Japanese government has picked former Deputy Prime Minister Prince Norodom Sirivudh among foreigners who will receive this year’s spring awards for making notable contributions toward relations between Japan and their countries.
A statement released by the Japanese embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday said the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan had announced the list of foreign recipients of the 2019 Spring Conferment of Decorations, which includes Prince Sirivudh.
“[He] was among 142 recipients and will be conferred the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in recognition of His Royal Highness’ contribution to strengthening relationship and friendship between Japan and Cambodia,” the statement said.
The statement said that Prince Sirivudh had, since 1993 when he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister, contributed to bilateral relations between both countries.
“His Royal Highness has contributed to the bilateral relationship not only as a Deputy Prime Minister but also as the High Privy Counselor of His Majesty the King of Cambodia and the founder of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace,” it noted. “Our two countries enjoy a ‘Strategic Partnership’ nowadays due to His Royal Highness’s constant devotion to our relationship.”
According to Japan’s Kyodo News agency, the 142 foreign recipients this year come from 61 countries and regions and include former US defence secretaries Chuck Hagel and Ashton Carter and also former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.