3 Pinoys cited for bridging Tokyo-Manila ties

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The Japanese government is set to confer decorations to three Filipinos in recognition of their efforts in bridging Japan-Philippines relations.

Among them is Feliciano Torres, chairman of Yazaki-Torres Corporation, who will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in recognition of his contribution to strengthening the economic relations between Japan and the Philippines.

“In 1998, he served as co-chairman of PHILJEC (Philippines-Japan Economic Cooperation Committee) and led dialogues on trade and investment between Japan and the Philippines,” the Japanese Embassy said Saturday in a statement.

The Japanese Embassy also noted Torres helped lead and represent the position of the automobile industry of the Philippines during the crafting and development of the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA), which faced serious challenges during negotiation.

Feliciano Torres, chairman of Yazaki-Torres Corporation, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.

“Thanks to his hard work and contributions, PJEPA was successfully concluded and accepted by both countries,” the embassy added.

Another Filipino who will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette is retired Judge Antonina Oshita Escovilla, a second generation Japanese descendant who served as legal adviser of the “Philippine Nikkeijin Kai,” an organization that assists persecuted Filipinos of Japanese descent.

Meanwhile, Manolito Salapare, a former local staff member of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, will receive the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Silver Rays in recognition of his “dedicated long years of service” to the embassy.

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