Japan recently honored U.S. Rep. David Reichert, R-Auburn, with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star in recognition of his significant contributions to strengthening bilateral relations and promoting friendship between the countries.
The 68-year-old Congressman, who is retiring when his seventh term ends on Jan 3, 2019, was honored at a Dec. 6 conferment ceremony and reception in Washington, D.C., at the residence of Shinsuke Sugiyama, Japan’s ambassador to the U.S.
Reichert’s family, friends and colleagues were in attendance.
In the House, Reichert has served as chair of the trade subcommittee in the Ways and Means Committee and co-chair of the U.S.-Japan Caucus.
“I am incredibly humbled to receive this great honor in recognition of my work to fortify what is already a strong relationship between the United States and Japan,” Reichert said. “During my time in Congress, I was privileged to serve as the co-chairman of the U.S.-Japan Caucus and help continue the exchange of ideas and culture that is so important to our shared prosperity and security.
“Because Japan is a leading export market for Washington state, it is imperative for workers, farmers and businesses in my home state that we continue to work together on a new bilateral trade deal to further strengthen our economic and strategic ties,” he said. “For me, what began as a partnership has developed into a true friendship that I am confident will continue for years to come.”
Sugiyama expressed his appreciation for Reichert’s work.
“Rep. Reichert has consistently supported the benefits that flow from Japan-U.S. business ties and trade,” Sugiyama said. “… He made significant contributions to bilateral cooperation, legislative exchange and to the development of the caucus itself, which now numbers more than 100 members.”
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star is one of the highest orders that the Emperor of Japan may bestow on foreigners. Established in 1875, the Order of the Rising Sun was Japan’s first award.