On July 16, the recipients of the 2019 Foreign Minister’s Commendation were announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The commendation was awarded to 206 individuals and 63 groups or organizations worldwide, including the following two individuals from Western Australia.
The Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to individuals or groups in recognition of exceptional and distinguished services in the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and their respective countries. We offer our congratulations and sincere appreciation of the efforts and service of the recipients.
1. Mr Masahiro Ogawa
(Honorary Director, Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre, Western Australia)
Mr Ogawa spent over 30 years teaching Japanese in universities and elsewhere in Western Australia, making great contributions to the development of Japanese language education in this state. As the Director of the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre, Mr Ogawa has also made great efforts to develop sister city exchange, and to increase person to person exchange through activities such as introducing Japanese culture to Western Australians, facilitating exchange between the people of WA and Hyogo Prefecture, and facilitating student exchange at high school and university levels. His service has strengthened the friendship between Australia and Japan, and increased mutual understanding between the two countries.
2. Mr Arun Radha Krishnan
(Honorary Chairman, University of Western Australia Judo Club)
Mr Krishnan spent many years teaching at The University of Western Australia and Murdoch University. During this time he took the initiative in establishing both university and student exchange with universities in Japan, contributing greatly to the strengthening of the friendship between Australia and Japan, and increasing mutual understanding between both countries. Mr Krishnan has also been the Honorary Chairman of the University of Western Australia Judo Club since its inception. In this capacity, he has made significant contributions to the popularization of judo in Australia, and to the development of sport exchange between our countries through activities between the UWA Judo Club and other clubs in Japanese universities and schools.