Japan’s Ambassador to Argentina, Noriteru Fukushima was given the Order of the Liberator General San Martín by foreign minister Jorge Faurie tuesday for his work to strengthen bilateral relations between the two nations.
Fukushima was interviewed by the Times last year.
The Order of the Liberator General San Martín is the highest decoration in Argentina and it is granted by the president. The distinction is reserved exclusively for “foreign civil or military functionaries deemed worthy of the highest honor and recognition of the Nation.” Fukushima was received the grade “Grand Cross.”
At the ceremony, foreign minister Jorge Faurie praised Fukushima’s tenure as Ambassador.
“Under Fukushima, the relationship between Japan and Argentina was taken to a level of strategic association, a Japanes prime minister came to Argentina for the first time in 57 years and during that period, Macri and Abe met 4 times,” Faurie said. “Also, we celebrated 120 years of relations between Japan and Argentina and we managed to double the number of Japanese businesses in the country. Also, during the Ambassador’s management, we signed an agreement to promote mutual investment and an agreement to eliminate double taxation.
Fukushima echoed the historic achievements cited by Faurie and expressed his gratitude.
“I feel fortunate to have been in Argentina during this historic period for the two countries,” the Ambassador expressed. “I strongly felt the close friendship from argentines and friends from Japan. I hope that my successor can continue working to further deepen our relations of friendship.”
Fukushima will now return to Japan after a four-year stay in Argentina.