MANILA - The Japanese government has recognized the contribution of Cesar Virata, prime minister during the Marcos administration, in bolstering the relationship of Japan and the Philippines.
Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa on Thursday conferred the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to Virata.
The Japanese Embassy, in a press release, said Virata helped reinforce economic ties between Manila and Tokyo through the ratification of the Philippines-Japan Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation and the promotion of the Philippines-Japan Tax Treaty.
"Furthermore, Honorable Virata has forged Japan's assistance towards the Philippines thereby deepening the cooperative bilateral relations between both countries," the consulate added.
After serving in government, Virata also guided numerous Japanese firms in navigating the Philippine market. He also served as chairperson of the advisory committee of the Philippines office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for more than 10 years.
The award received by Virata is the third highest honor given by the Japanese government.
Virata is the second Filipino to receive such a recognition after Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon.