Yoshimaro Hanaki, president and CEO of Okuma Corporation, has been awarded a Japanese medal of honour entitled: The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. This award honours and recognises Hanaki’s long-time contribution to the growth of the machine tool industry and the benefits that Okuma’s activities have brought to society. The award ceremony was held by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and culminated with Hanaki meeting His Majesty the Emperor at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
“I’m deeply pleased and honoured to receive this prestigious award,” said Hanaki.
“This honour 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, as well as our domestic and international customers. Special thanks also go to our employees here and overseas.”
Medals of honour are awarded by the Government of Japan to persons who have significantly contributed to society. Hanaki’s medal is for those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, developments in welfare or preservation of the environment.