IT WAS a proud moment for Dr Lee Poh Ping, the Senior Research Fellow of Institute of China Studies at University of Malaya and President of Malaysian Association of Japanese Studies (MAJAS) when he was conferred “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” by the Emperor of Japan.
The Japanese decoration was bestowed in recognition of his contribution to the development of Japanese Studies and the advancement of understanding of Japan in Malaysia, and the promotion of intellectual exchange between Japan and Malaysia.
“I am honoured to have received this award,” Lee said.
The ceremony was held at the residence of Japanese ambassador to Malaysia, Masahiko Horie in Kuala Lumpur.
The Order of the Rising Sun was established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji of Japan.
The Order was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese Government, and is administered by the Decoration Bureau of Office of the Prime Minister.