Islamabad - Japan has conferred the 2017 Autumn Decorations upon two Pakistani individuals Amir Hussain Shirazi and Roeeda Kabir on Monday, in recognition of their significant contribution to the promotion of Pakistan-Japan relations.

Amir Hussain Shirazi, Honorary Consul General of Japan in Lahore, was conferred ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays’ with Neck Ribbon while Roeeda Kabir, President of Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association Khyber Pakhtunkhaw, was conferred ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays’ with Rosette, said a statement released by the Japan embassy.

The Decorations conferment ceremony was held at the official residence of Takashi Kurai, ambassador of Japan to Pakistan. On behalf of the government of Japan , Ambassador Kurai conferred decorations upon Shirazi and Roeeda.

Speaking at the ceremony, Kurai said that without the kind support of both Aamir Hussain Shirazi and Roeeda Kabir, it is impossible to have the current level of exchange of culture and business between the two countries.

On November 3, 2017, Japan had announced the foreign recipients of the 2017 Autumn Conferment of Decorations .

The statement said that Amir Hussain Shirazi, Honorary Consul General of Japan in Lahore, was conferred the 2017 Autumn Decoration The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Government of Japan in recognition of his contribution to the development of Japan-Pakistan relations through promoting the mutual understandings and friendly relations between the two countries for a few decades.  Shirazi has made outstanding contributions for the promotion of Japanese culture in Lahore and has been committed in providing assistance to Japanese citizens, it said.  Roeeda Kabir in Khyber Pakhtunkhaw was conferred the 2017 Autumn Decoration The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by Japan in recognition of her contribution in strengthening ties between the two countries, the statement said.