TOKYO, 8 Dec — RIA Novosti, Xenia Naka. The ceremony of awarding the order of Friendship of Director on scientific work of Institute of strategic studies of Canon Daisuke of Kotegawa was held at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo.
“On the eve of the visit to Japan of President of Russia Vladimir Putin, we have gathered for such a joyous occasion. By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation for the big contribution to strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between the peoples of Japan and Russia”, — said at the ceremony of awarding the Russian Ambassador Yevgeny Afanasiev.
In reply, it is written in three languages – Russian, Japanese and English, Kotegawa stressed that “the Russian people, led by President Putin stood contrary to the unfounded attacks, without fear of isolation”.
“I am confident that the hard times it ended with the arrival of the new administration in the United States, and will begin a new era of relations between Japan and Russia”, — he said.
Kotegawa in different years occupied posts of the Deputy Minister of Finance of Japan, Director of the International monetary Fund from Japan. Currently, as a teacher and Panelist invited business school Harvard University Higher school of Economics in Moscow, international Symposium on environment and the international economic forum in St. Petersburg. Kotegawa, well knows Russian language, literature and art of Russia. In his student years repeatedly came to the USSR, working as a guide and translator. Now with his participation are touring in Japan celebrated Russian musicians and artists by Valery Gergiev, Denis Matsuev, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina.
Kotegawa, did much to improve Russia’s image in Japan and the world, popularization of Russian culture and art.