Dr Thangjam Dhabali Singh, a doctor from Manipur got conferred with ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ by Japanese Government for his efforts and contribution to strengthened ties between Japan and India on Wednesday at Imphal, a forum released said. Thangjam Dhabali Singh was an allopathic doctor and also the founder and former president of Manipur Tourism Forum (MTF).
The Japanese Emperor Meiji established the ‘Order of the Rising Sun’, Japanese Kyokujitsu-shō in 1875 and was awarded for achievements in exceptional civil or military merit. The order is conferred to person for accomplishment in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, environmental preservation, welfare or achievements in their own fields.
“I am honoured to have been conferred the prestigious ‘Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays’ for the year 2020 and it is one recognition that will be deeply cherished forever,” Dr Thangjam Dhabali Singh said while expressing his happiness.
During the Spring Decoration, 2020, Singh’s name was announced with names of foreign recipients by the Government of Japan, quoting a letter sent to the doctor by the Embassy of Japan in India, a release said.
“With support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Nippon Foundation of Japan, the Imphal Peace Foundation was launched on June 22 last year. The MTF played an important role in giving shape to it during Thangjam Dhabali Singh’s tenure as president of the forum,” the release informed.
Suzuki Satoshi, Japanese Ambassador of India congratulated Dr Thangjam Dhabali Singh for receiving Japan’s highest honour.
“I extend my warmest congratulations to Dr Thangjam Dhabali Singh. The Decoration conferred upon Dr Singh is in recognition of his enduring contribution to promoting the mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and India,” said Suzuki Satoshi.
“We appreciate that Dr Singh has earnestly dedicated himself to deepening the bonds between Japan and Manipur. During his tenure from 2012 to 2017 as President of Manipur Tourism Forum (MTF), Japan and Manipur rediscovered each other and got even closer, going beyond our historical ties,” Suzuki Satoshi also added.
“This place is where the souls of numerous Japanese soldiers are laid to rest. Dr Singh recognized the importance of passing down the history and nurturing a future-oriented relationship. Dr Singh proposed to hold the Ceremony of 70th anniversary of Imphal Campaign, the first commemoration event in Manipur. Since then, Manipur Tourist Forum has been holding the ceremony almost every year, and these ceremonies have reminded both the Manipuris and the Japanese of our historical ties and the friendship established since then,” Japanese ambassador further added.
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