From Left to Right:
Ambassador Morio Matsumoto (Japanese Ambassador to Papua New Guinea), Ambassador Gabriel Dusava (Papua New Guinea Ambassador to Japan), Hon. Toshihiro Nikai (Chairman of the General Council of LDP), Grand Chief Sir Micheal Somare and Lady Veronica Somare, Hon. Kazunori Tanaka (President of the Japan-PNG Parliamentary Friendship League), and Madam Dusava (Spouse of Papua New Guinea Ambassador to Japan).
Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, PNG’s First Prime Minister and now Governor of East Sepik Province, received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan’s highest rank awarded to 85 foreign nationals, in May this year.
Sir Michael’s invaluable contribution to the relationship between Japan and the Independent State of Papua New Guinea includes the establishment of diplomatic relations built upon mutual trust and understanding in 1975 during Papua New Guinea’s early stages as an independent nation, which continues to strengthen bilateral relations in a wide range of cooperation.
H.E. Gabriel JK Dusava, the Ambassador of PNG to Japan, hopes this conferral will decorate the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries this year.