Yoshimaro Hanaki, President and CEO of Okuma Corporation, has been awarded one of Japan’s most prestigious national honours.

Hanaki was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in recognition of his long-time contribution to the growth of the machine tool industry and other industries in Japan, and the benefits that Okuma’s activities have brought to Japanese society. The award ceremony was held on 27 May by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. On 28 May Hanaki visited the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to meet with Emperor Naruhito and express his gratitude for the honour.

“I am deeply pleased and honoured to receive this prestigious award,” said Hanaki. “Receipt of this award 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 and our customers inside and outside Japan.

“Special thanks go to our domestic and overseas employees who have been working together. I would like to share joy with you because this award is the recognition of your big efforts. I’m looking forward to continuing working together with all of you.”

The Medals of Honor are awarded by the Government of Japan to persons who have significantly contributed to society. The Order of the Rising Sun is awarded to those who have made advancements in their field, distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.