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Four Taiwanese to receive medals from Japan

TAIPEI -- The Japanese government announced yesterday that four Taiwanese nationals will be given medals in recognition of their contributions to promoting bilateral exchanges, according to Japan's Interchange Association.

The medals will be given to the awardees at ceremonies scheduled later this year in Taipei, said the association, which represents Japan's interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.

Liao I-chiu, 78, will be granted the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, to recognize his efforts in promoting bilateral exchanges in the aquaculture industry, the association said.

Liao, currently a fellow of Taiwan's top research institute Academia Sinica, has played an important role in developing giant tiger prawn farming in Taiwan. He also shared his experiences in prawn farming with Japanese experts, the association said.

Also among the awardees is Kendo master Wu Jin-pu, who has played a significant role in the development of the Japanese modern martial art that uses bamboo swords and protective armor. He has been teaching Kendo for about three decades, the association said.

Wu, 90, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, it said.

Another Taiwanese, Tsai Kun-tsan, will be awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays, in recognition of his efforts to promote Japanese culture in Taiwan. Tsai, 87, is an expert in Tanka, a genre of classical Japanese poetry.

Cheng Cheng-hsiu, a Taiwanese living in Japan, will also receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays, in recognition of his efforts in caring for Japanese children with disabilities for many years.

The four Taiwanese are among a total of 55 foreigners representing 31 countries to be recognized by the Japanese government, the association said.

There are six awardees from Germany and another six from the United States, the association said, adding that Taiwan ranks third on the list.

Two times every year, the Japanese government releases a list of foreign nationals who are to receive medals in recognition of their efforts in promoting ties with Japan or making contributions to Japan.

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