On February 16th, Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa hosted a reception at his residence to celebrate the conferment of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun on Honorable Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin M. Drilon.
Approximately 80 guests gathered for this special occasion. Senator Drilon was awarded the Japan’s highest decoration in recognition of his vital role in nurturing warm and friendly relations as well as economic cooperation between our two countries.
In his congratulatory remarks, Ambassador Ishikawa praised Senator Drilon’s great contribution to promoting active interaction between political leaders of both countries as well as cementing today’s Japan’s status as the largest trade and investment partner of the Philippines.
Last November, the Government of Japan announced six foreign nationals to receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. Two of them were Former Prime Minister Cesar Virata and Senator Drilon. Senator Drilon attended the Conferment Ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and the decoration was bestowed upon him by His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan on November 8th 2016.