On 26th November 2008, H.E. Ambassador Shin Ebihara bestowed upon Lord David Sydney Rowe-Beddoe the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his outstanding contribution to enhancing economic and cultural relations between Japan and the United Kingdom. The bestowal took place at a ceremony at the Ambassador��s residence.
Lord Rowe-Beddoe became Chairman of the Welsh Development Agency in 1993. Under his leadership, the Agency closely co-operated with Japanese companies, advising them on their investments and connecting them with educational and training institutions in the region. A contact mechanism between Japanese companies and the Agency was established during this period which underpinned the successful operations of these companies. Thanks to his unwavering support, during his chairmanship the number of Japanese companies in Wales significantly increased, from 33 to 65. It should be also noted that he was immensely helpful in drawing up a plan for the visit of our Emperor and Empress to Wales in 1998.
Since leaving the Agency in 2001, Lord Rowe-Beddoe has assumed the position of Chairman of the Wales Millennium Centre. In an attempt to enhance cultural relations between the two countries, he led a number of initiatives, including the opening of the ��Japan-Room�� in the Centre, naturally receiving earnest support from many local Japanese companies.
On hearing that he was to be decorated, Lord Rowe-Beddoe said that he was privileged to have received the honour: ��I shall treasure with great pride the Order of the Rising Sun, with Gold Rays. My association with Japan is deeply engraved in my heart, and is one which I value greatly.��
As a prominent figure in Wales, he has contributed enormously to cultivating Japan-UK economic, and cultural, ties. His valuable role is widely recognised by those devoted to strengthening bilateral relationships, and he well deserves to be honoured for his great achievements.