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TOKYO: The Japanese government has honored 10 prominent Arab personalities with imperial orders, decorations and medals for their notable contributions in various fields to strengthening relations and promoting friendships between their countries and Japan.

From Oman, Tunisia, Egypt, Djibouti, Mauritania, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Lebanon, ten Arab recipients were among 112 foreigners from 59 countries decorated in this year’s spring honours. Additionally, 4,034 Japanese citizens were honored, including 1,962 from the private sector and 453 women.

A list of winners received by Arab News Japan showed that two Arabs, Yousuf bin Alawi, former foreign minister of Oman, and Mohamed Ghannouchi, former Tunisian prime minister and minister of international cooperation and foreign investment, received the highest honour, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.

The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star was awarded to Hisham Badr, former Egyptian Ambassador to Japan and former Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations. The same prize was also awarded to Ibrahim Mahmoud Ibrahim ElAraby of Egypt, who chairs the Egypt-Japan Business Council (JBC), the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC) and the Cairo Chamber of Commerce.

The President of the International Shotokan Karate Federation in Lebanon, Fadi Aoun, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays for his contribution to the promotion of Karate in Lebanon and friendly relations between Japan and Lebanon.

The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star was awarded to both Hussein Hazzaa Majali, former Minister of Interior of Jordan, and Aliou Ibra Ba, former Mauritanian Ambassador to Japan.

From the United Arab Emirates, Yousef bin Omeir Al Muhairi, former Managing Director of the National Oil Company of Abu Dhabi, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with a ribbon around his neck for his contributions in the field of l Japan’s energy supply.

The Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Rosette, was awarded to Mohamed Mzoughi Sidi Bou Said of Tunisia for his contribution to promoting friendship between Japan and Tunisia through sport. He is also president of the Tunisian National Paralympic Committee.

Among the recipients from the Middle East, Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, former Iranian ambassador to Japan and former deputy foreign minister for political affairs, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. Aziz Çengel of Turkey, member of the Turkey-Japan Business Council, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Rosette.

Among the foreign dignitaries honored was former U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos. He was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.

Among the recognized Japanese personalities, Makiko Tanaka, 78, Japan’s first female foreign minister and daughter of former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.

According to the government, the decorations will be presented to the winners at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 10.

This article originally appeared on Arab News Japan.

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