The Japanese government on November 3 2023, announced the awarding of service stars in the fall of 2023 to three Indonesian citizens for their services in strengthening relations between Japan and Indonesia.
The first award was give to Noer Hassan Wirajuda, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.
who receive insignia of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun This award was give because Hassan was considere to have contribute to improving relations and friendship between Japan and Indonesia. Hassan served as Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Government of former Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri in 2001 and the Government of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in the first period. During his tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Hassan is considere to have made efforts to improve relations between Japan and Indonesia in various fields. Especially on various occasions when important high-ranking officials from both countries visit. As the leader of the Indonesian diplomatic authority Hassan is considere to have made various visit a success. This is important, thus contributing greatly to encouraging friendly relations between the two countries. Apart from that, Hassan also tried to improve relations between the two countries. Into a Strategic Partnership and succeeded in making it happen.
The second person to receive an award from the Japanese Government was M. Basuki Hadimuljono Minister of Public Works and People’s Housing (PUPR).
Basuki received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star decoration. In a statement, the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta explained. That Basuki was considere to have contributed to improving relations between Japan and Indonesia in the infrastructure sector.
Basuki contributed to increasing economic cooperation projects between the two countries related to the development of basic infrastructure. Including road construction through various positions he has held. Such as when he served as Director General of Water Resources and Director General of Spatial Planning, Ministry of PUPR. To his position as Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) since 2014.
The knowledge and experience gained from the volcanic erosion control project (Sabo) on Mount Merapi, Yogyakarta Special Region Province. Has become input for the Sabo project on Sakurajima Island and Mount Unzen Fugen-Dake in Japan. Japanese cooperation in Indonesia like this has made a big contribution to the development of volcanic disaster prevention not only in Indonesia but also in Japan.
Finally, the award was give to Djodjok Soepardjo, Professor from Surabaya State University.
Djodjok received the decoration of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Djodjok is considered to have contributed to increasing academic exchanges and mutual understanding between Japan and Indonesia.
Djodjok has been a Japanese language lecturer at Surabaya State University (UNESA) since 1983, and has served as Head of the Japanese Language Education Study Program and Deputy Chancellor for Planning and Cooperation. Djodjok made a contribution by teaching many prospective Japanese language teachers at UNESA. As an expert professor in the field of Japanese linguistics, Djodjok strives to guide young academics in the field of Japanese and advance the development of Japanese language studies in Indonesia.
It doesn’t stop there, Djodjok also offers Japanese language courses to Japanese language enthusiasts from various circles through the International Multicultural Center (I’Mc) which was founded in 2005. Since 2018, Djodjok has served as Chair of the Indonesian Japanese Language Education Study Association ( ASPBJI) and contributed greatly to the socialization and development of Japanese language education in Indonesia, including strengthening the network of Japanese language teachers.