2021 Spring Conferment of Decoration on Foreign Nationals Conferment Ceremony

On June 23, Ambassador Yamanouchi Kanji conferred upon Dr. Jacob Kovalio, Associate Professor of the Department of History of Carleton University, the decoration of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, at a ceremony held at his official residence as part of the 2021 Spring Conferment of Decoration on Foreign Nationals. Dr. Kovalio, an expert in modern Japanese history, has contributed to promoting Japanese studies in Canada and mutual understanding between Japan and Canada.
At the ceremony, Ambassador Yamanouchi delivered a congratulatory address and subsequently conferred the certificate of award and decoration to Dr. Kovalio, which was followed by Dr. Kovalio's acceptance speech and commemorative presentation.
The Government of Japan confers decorations to foreign nationals who made significant contributions to promote friendly relations and mutual understanding with Japan, and 117 foreign nationals were conferred decorations in spring 2021.

Congratulatory address by Ambassador Yamanouchi

Presentation of the Certificate and Award

Dr. Kovalio and Ambassador Yamanouchi holding the certificate
Acceptance speech by Dr. Kovalio