The emperor of Japan has awarded the medal of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, to Aristidis Alafouzos, a well-known Greek shipowner and president of the Athens-based Kathimerini media group, as well as to Panagiotis Tsakos, the founder of Tsakos Shipping and Trading SA, on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the Greek-Japanese diplomatic ties.
The Japanese embassy in Athens underlined, in an issued statement, that Alafouzos is decorated in recognition of his long contribution to the development of the Greek-Japanese economic relations and the mutual understanding between the two peoples.
Alafouzos contributed to forging closer bilateral relations by entrusting his fleet to the Japanese ship-building industry. Furthermore, the head of the Kathimerini media group contributed to the mutual understanding of the two peoples through the regular publication of news items and articles on Japan, focusing on economic, political and cultural issues.
Tsakos was decorated in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Greek-Japanese economic and cultural relations, mainly through the cooperation with the Japanese ship-building industry. He also contributed to the development of the Greek-Japanese cultural exchanges by supporting the KEIO University and the Asiatic Society of Japan through the “Tsakos Fund”.
The Order of the Rising Sun medal features rays of sunlight radiating from the rising sun. The attachment is shaped into a chrysanthemum.