Mr. Fuji and Ambassador Karasawa

On April 29, 2021, the Japanese Government announced the recipients of the 2021 Spring Imperial Decoration. Mr. FUJI Katsuo, the Principal of Japanese Language School of Palau and the Consultant of Koror State Government, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays for his services in supporting the Japanese residents in Palau and in the development of the relationship between Japan and Palau. Of all the awards given, this is the very first Order to a Japanese resident in Palau.
Mr. Fuji has been the Principal of the Japanese Language School of Palau since 2012. He has contributed to the Japanese society in Palau through the provision of appropriate study environment and effective school management. Mr. Fuji has also contributed to the development of waste management and the implementation of the independent, circulative, and sustainable society in Palau since 2004. At Koror State Solid Waste Management Office, he has been playing a main role in the introduction of many projects for the establishment of the recycling society, utilizing Japan’s Grant Aid and technical cooperation. Today, the office recycles about 47% of the waste that Koror State collects.
On April 30, Ambassador Karasawa invited Mr. and Mrs. Fuji to his residence and conveyed the congratulatory message from Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, to Mr. Fuji after this great news was announced. Mr. Fuji expressed his joyful appreciation as follows. “First, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and excitement for receiving the award. I would like to honor this award with everyone involved in the Japanese Language School of Palau and everyone at my work place including the Governor of Koror State Government and his staff, especially all staff of the Solid Waste Management Office. I am delighted to think that ‘Office Friends’ are also awarded with me.”
“All my activities mentioned in the award are still ongoing, so this award will be a great encouragement for further progress. I would like to happily accept the award with understanding that I am highly expected to promote these developments even more.”
“Finally, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Embassy of Japan in Palau, especially Ambassador Karasawa, for their many efforts leading up to this award. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the people concerned for this award. Thank you very much.”

Mr. and Mrs. Fuji and Ambassador and Mrs. Karasawa

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