Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed is set to receive a Japanese government honor for promoting economic relations between the two nations.
Ms. Mohamed is among 105 foreigners being honored, with another 4,080 Japanese nationals also being recognized.
The Japanese government looked at distinguished achievements in business, culture, arts and international relations as well as development in welfare or conservation of the environment.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry details Kenya’s chief diplomat role in improving relations between Kenya and Japan. She was said to promote friendly relations while contributing to the reinforcement of economic relations.
The Foreign Affairs CS in this process, co-Chaired the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development Summit (Ticad VI) held in Nairobi last August.
During the conference, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $30 billion to Africa over the next three years. Kenya was set to receive $100 million from the pledge to fund its health care system.
Also being awarded among the 105 recipients is Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa. The 68-year-old is being honored for enhancing the Japanese image within the United Nations.
“[He] contributed to the enhancement of Japan’s position at the United Nations as well as the strengthening of the relationship between Japan and the United Nations,” the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.
For their roles, they would receive a special badge and insignia known as the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. The Grand Cordon is a Japanese special badge with a silver star of eight points, each with three alternating silver rays with a central emblem.
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The Order of the Rising Sun insignia was established in 1875 but it was not until 2003 that women were awarded. It features rays of sunlight radiating from the rising sun, symbolizing energy of the sun.
The Japanese government honor is expected to be worn on the left side of the chest.
The award ceremony will be held on May 9 at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Abe expected to attend.
Congratulations to Ms. Amina Mohamed.