History made! First antiguan awarded Japan’s second highest honour
Japan has presented Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador, His Excellency Daven Joseph, with its second highest national honour, the Order of the Rising Sun. The formal presentation took place at a gala event held on the grounds of Government House, Thursday night, with the Governor General Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Williams, Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Japanese Ambassador Tatsuo Hirayama, and Foreign Affairs Minister E.P Chet Greene along with several government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, friends and well-wishers in attendance.
In the Citation read by Ambassador Colin Murdoch, described Joseph as ‘a friend and a brother’, Daven Joseph – who persuaded the then Lester Bird Administration that it ought to play a greater role internationally on ocean affairs, and that whaling was emerging as a key issue.
As Antigua and Barbuda’s representative to the International Whaling Commission, he became an advocate and leader of the ‘sustainable use’ group at the international level where he displayed strong leadership skills.
In his remarks, Sir Rodney Williams said it was not very often that countries confer National Awards on people of other nations “so what makes this occasion so special Ambassador Daven Joseph is being honoured for the work he has done in developing beneficial relations between Japan and Antigua and Barbuda.”
Other congratulatory remarks came from Foreign Minister Chet Greene who noted that the nation can be duly proud of a hard-working professional citizen who over the years have exceeded the expectations of his peers in achieving regional and international recognition for his passionate work in sustainable development projects.
This is the first time that an OECS national is receiving this recognition by the Japanese Government.