Japanese Government honours Sir Michael Arthur

On Friday 24 March 2023, Ambassador HAYASHI Hajime bestowed upon Sir Michael Arthur the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star at a ceremony held at the Ambassador's residence.

As President and Provost of University College London, Sir Michael led the organisation of the "Japan-UK Universities Conference for Collaboration in Research and Education", which brought together Presidents and Chancellors of 30 Japan and UK universities and helped to build cooperation towards recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake with a wide range of Japanese organisations including industry and local authorities.

Ambassador Hayashi looked back on the year of 2013, when Sir Michael became President and Provost of UCL, which marked the 150th anniversary of the Chōshū Five, and paid tribute to Sir Michael’s achievements towards academic exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and the UK since this milestone year.

In the presence of his family and colleagues of UCL, Sir Michael conveyed his gratitude to those who had supported him in his activities over the years. He also pledged to continue to play a vital role towards further promotion of wide-ranging academic exchange between Japan and the UK.