In his remarks, Ambassador Tsuruoka praised the Japan Society as a major player in the evolution of the Japan-UK partnership, having striven tirelessly over its long history to foster the warm ties that unite our two countries. The decision to award the Foreign Minister’s Commendation, which he felt was richly deserved, reflected the Government of Japan’s deep appreciation of the Society’s unique contribution to our bilateral relations. He was confident that our ties would continue to thrive in the years ahead, thanks in no small measure to the Society’s valuable endeavours.
Speaking on behalf of the Japan Society, Sir David thanked the Japanese Government for extending its recognition in this way and paid tribute to a number of individual and cooperate members whose support had been crucial to the Society’s success. He referred to the educational work carried out by the Society after the merger with Japan 21 as well as the wide range of activities being conducted in the cultural and commercial arenas. In conclusion, he declared that the Society would continue to play an important part in bringing our two countries and peoples even closer together in the future.
The Embassy of Japan