Mr. Noda congratulated the Society and commended their achievements in sharing Japanese culture and language with local people and bonding Malaysian and Japanese people, or playing a role of “Kizuna”. He wished their support and cooperation towards strengthening ties between Perak, Malaysia and Japan would continue.
The Foreign Minister's Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups of outstanding achievements in international fields, to acknowledge their contribution to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries. The Commendation also aims to promote the understanding and support of the Japanese public for their activities.
This year, the Commendation has been awarded to 108 individuals and 30 groups (of which 20 individuals and 10 groups are from Japan, and 88 individuals and 20 groups from overseas).