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Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs decorates Japanese Ambassador

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Foreign Minister Moreno decorated with the Grand Cross of the “Order of Merit of Chile” the Japanese Ambassador to Chile, Wataru Hayashi, who after four years and two months is ending his mission in our country.

Minister Moreno took the opportunity to account for the achievements made by the two countries during his tenure, among which worth mentioning are Chile’s adoption of the Japanese digital television standard and the entry into force of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the two countries.

On behalf of the State of Chile, Minister Moreno reiterated “its deep gratitude for Japan’s valuable contribution after the earthquake and tsunami that stroke our country in February 2010.”

Since July 4, 2007, Wataru Hayashi developed an intense work of partnering and networking with several key players in the public and private sectors of our country for the benefit of bilateral ties.

The “Order of Merit of Chile” is the oldest decoration in the country. It was created in 1817 by Supreme Director, Liberator General Bernardo O’Higgins, to honor foreign citizens for their outstanding civilian service rendered to the Republic of Chile.

After the ceremony Minister Moreno hosted a lunch reception in honor of the Japanese ambassador.