Written by Tharushan Fernando
31 Jan, 2017 | 8:53 pm
The Government of Japan has conferred Speaker Karu Jayasuriya with “The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun”
This is incidentally the first occassion on which the Grand Cordon of the order of the rising sun has been conferred upon a Sri Lankan.
Even though arrangements had been made for the awarding of the order of the rising sun by Emperor Akihito at the imperial place of Japan on the 08th of november 2016 ,Karu Jayasuriya was unable to attend the ceremony due to the demise of his younger daughter.
Therefore, the order was awarded to karu Jayasuriya at aspecial function held at the Japanese Embassy in Comlombo this evening.
Other recepients of the “Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun” in 2016 also include Former Australian PM Paul Keating, Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner, Former Prime Minister of the Philippines Cesar Enrique Aguinaldo Virata, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea
Dr. Han Sung Joo .
According to the Japanese Government the award is a recognition of Karu Jayasuriya’s significant contribution in promoting bilateral relations between Japan and Sri Lanka.
Karu Jayasuriya first began his public service in 1956 when he took office as a commissioner officer of the Sri Lankan armed forced.
Thereafter Jayasuriya launched his successful business career during which he served as the Chairman, CEO and Director of 52 private sector as well as public quoted companies.
By 1997 Karu Jayasuriya was elected as the Mayor of Colombo and served in this position for a period of two years before contesting the Western Provincial council polls in 1999 as the UNP’s chief ministerial candidate and went on to become the opposition leader of the Council.
In 2001 he took the next step in his political career and was elected to Parliament. He first served as the Minister of Power and Energy from 2001 to 2004 before taking up responsibilities as the Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs in 2007.
A former Chairman and Deputy Leader of the UNP, he entered parliament this time around through the UNP National list and became the Speaker of the 8th Parliament of Sri Lanka.
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