Manipur: The Japanese Government has conferred Dr Thangjam Dhabali Singh from Manipur with the 'Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays' decoration, in recognition of his contribution in promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and India.
As per an official statement, it has been mentioned that Dr Singh during his tenure from 2012 to 2017 as president of Manipur Tourism Forum (MTF), Japan and Manipur rediscovered each other and got even closer, going beyond the two nations' historical ties.
According to the statement, Dr Singh played an important role in organising the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal of the Second World War.
"We appreciate that Dr Singh has earnestly dedicated himself to deepening the bonds between Japan and Manipur. During his tenure from 2012 to 2017 as president of Manipur Tourism Forum (MTF), Japan and Manipur rediscovered each other and got even closer, going beyond our historical ties," said a statement from Japanese ambassador Satoshi Suzuki .
Another symbolic achievement of Dr. Singh was his contribution to build the Imphal Peace Museum. "The Museum which was opened in June 2019 could not have materialized without his leadership and support. The museum will remain as a place where our people can come together, reflect on the history and think forward. I would like to thank Dr. Singh for this enormous achievement," Suzuki stated.
The decoration is considered to be one of the highest orders conferred by the government of Japan to non-military and apolitical persons, who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, achievements in their respective field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.
"Words truly fail to express how humbled I feel for the acknowledgement of what I still consider to be a small contribution. I know I still have much to learn but with the continued support and encouragement from my fellow colleagues from MTF and ICF, I am sure we will be able to explore more areas to strengthen our friendship with Japan," Dr Dhabali said after receiving the honour.