THE Government of Japan has announced the recipients of the 2022 Japanese Fall Decorations.
In the Philippines, the following people were decorated on November 3, as confirmed by the Japanese Embassy. He extended his government’s sincere congratulations, while commending their active role in strengthening close ties with the Philippines:
Albert F. del Rosario
HAVING served as Foreign Secretary from 2011 to 2016, he played a key role in building the Japan-Philippines bilateral relationship towards becoming a “strategic partnership”. According to the embassy, del Rosario has contributed significantly to ensuring the safety of vessels navigating the waters around the Philippines by strengthening maritime security relations between the two nations.
The diplomat also contributed to promoting the rule of law through the South China Sea/Western Philippine Sea (SCS/WPS) arbitration case.
Carlos G. Dominguez III
HE served as Philippine Secretary of Finance and Chairman of the Japan-Philippines High Level Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation from 2016 to 2022.
According to the embassy, Dominguez has exercised exceptional leadership in promoting cooperation between the two countries and contributed to the “speedy and safe” implementation of Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) to the Philippines. He also led the further development of the Subic Bay region, which plays an important role in the regional security environment as a strategic point and gateway to the SCS/WPS.
In addition, as co-chairman of the Body for Intergovernmental Relations between the national government and the Bangsamoro government, Dominguez promoted the steady progress of the peace process in Mindanao, which Japan has been advancing for many years. He has contributed immensely to Japan-Philippines bilateral policies and strengthened economic relations in recent years.
Arthur P. Tugade
The former transportation secretary from 2016 to 2022 promoted bilateral cooperation between Japan and the Philippines in transportation, which included railways, aviation and maritime security.
In particular, the Metro Manila Metro Project and the North-South Commuter Railway Project – both supported by Japan’s ODA – progressed smoothly under his leadership despite the limitations posed by the pandemic. He has also made substantial contributions to strengthening Japanese-Philippine maritime security cooperation through the signing of a memorandum of cooperation promoting information exchange and human resource development, as well as through regular meetings. , close information sharing between officials and joint training exercises, the embassy said.
David F. Carter
He has been a key figure in the promotion and development of judo in the Philippines, being a member of the Kodokan Judo Institute in Japan, holder of a fifth dan black belt, and sports member of the Japan Foundation since 2001.
The embassy said Carter also accumulated extensive professional experience in coaching and managing regional and international judo events. He is currently Secretary General of the Philippine Judo Federation Inc. and concurrent Director of the Philippine Olympic Committee.
His dedication to judo paved the way for deepening and broadening Japanese-Philippine relations, especially in the area of sports cooperation. The judoka continues to be an active member of the Asian Judo Union as Sports Director and the International Judo Federation.
Atti. Joshua Sim Zuniega
The lawyer contributed tirelessly to improving the status of nikkei jin or the Japanese Diaspora in the Philippines, while enhancing mutual understanding between the two nations through his activities at the Philippine Nikkei-jin Legal Support Center.
Atti. Zuniega has facilitated the activities of Japanese companies and residents in the country for years, the embassy noted.
The Government of Japan also announced the awarding of the “Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays” to Michiko Sakai, a volunteer who consistently supported children of Japanese descent in the Cotabato region.
The Cotabato Nikkeijin-kai (International School) was officially established in 1988, with Sakai as its first president. She devoted herself to improving the welfare of local Japanese people, providing educational opportunities for their children.
Due to World War II, many became stateless, as they were unable to acquire Japanese nationality. After the chaos in said region, Sakai played a vital role and contributed greatly by helping to collect materials for said individuals to obtain their Japanese citizenship.