Mr Yoshimaro Hanaki, President and CEO of Okuma Corporation, has been awarded the Japanese honour medal "The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon" in the spring award ceremony. This medal honours our president's long-time contribution to the growth of the machine tools industry and the benefits our company's activites have brought to society.
The award ceremony was held by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on May 27th and Mr Hanaki met his Majesty the Emperor on May 28th at the Imperial Palace.
"I am deeply pleased and honored to receive this prestigious award", Mr Hanaki said. "Receipt of this award does not simply reflect on me personally, I'm very thankful for the guidance, patronage and full support which I have received from so many people and our customers of inside and outside Japan. Special thanks go to our domestic and overseas employees who have been working together."
The Medals of Honour are awarded by the Goverment of Japan to persons who have significantly contributed to society. The Medal of Honour awarded to Mr Hanaki is a special medal for "the distinguished achievement of the meritorious deed". The order is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.