The Japanese government decorated Turkish Deputy Defense Minister Alpaslan Kavaklıoğlu on Thursday with the Order of the Rising Sun for his contributions in strengthening and enhancing bilateral relations. The Gold and Silver Star medal was presented by Japan's ambassador to Ankara, Akio Miyajima, at the Japanese Embassy residence.
Speaking at the ceremony, Miyajima said Kavaklıoğlu has been working "very hard for many years" and has "strengthened the relationship and friendship between the two countries."
Kavaklıoğlu had visited Japan after the Great Hanshin earthquake, also known as the Kobe earthquake, in 1995. Kavaklıoğlu served as the head of the Turkey-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group for six years between 2011 and 2017 before becoming deputy minister of defense.
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