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ACCJ The Journal - For Bilateral Business and Relations - Japan awards Order of the Rising Sun to AC
JULY 2018 INTERVIEW
For Bilateral Business and Relations Japan awards Order of the Rising Sun to ACCJ President Emeritus Charles D. Lake II
By C Bryan Jones
Charles D. Lake II is a president emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), president of Aflac International, and chairman and representative director of Aflac Life Insurance Japan.
On April 29, the Government of Japan announced that he would be awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in the 2018 Spring Conferment of Decorations on Foreign Nationals, for his contributions to the development of Japan’s insurance and financial services industry and to US–Japan relations and friendship.
Created in 1875 by Emperor Meiji and first awarded to non-Japanese in 1981, the Order of the Rising Sun is bestowed upon those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare, or preservation of the environment.
The ACCJ Journal sat down with Lake to learn more about the path that led to this honor and about his views on the US–Japan partnership.
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