2021 Spring Conferment of Decorations

          On 29 April, the Government of Japan announced recipients of Decorations for the 2021 Spring Conferment. From Zambia, Ms. TAKARA Hatsuko, a Japanese national residing in Zambia, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, for her contributions towards friendship and goodwill between Japan and Zambia.

          Ms. TAKARA contributed to improving the level of education through volunteering at the Ndola Lions School for the Visually Impaired and providing the school with financial support and school supplies. She also contributed to promoting exchanges between the two countries through various activities including promoting folk and culture exchanges and translating “The Tongue of the Dumb” into Japanese.
Furthermore, Ms. TAKARA, through the Zambia-Japan Association which she established in 1988, introduced scholarship to the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zambia, promoted youth sports exchanges, organized events to introduce Japanese culture and supported towards opening of Japanese Language course, to name a few of her long-standing and continuous contributions to promote friendship and goodwill between Japan and Zambia.