Japanese honour for Jim

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A former Arbroath resident and town councillor has been recognised for his work promoting relations between Scotland and Japan.

Jim Millar was honoured with the ‘Kancho-Hyosho’ by the Consul General of Japan at a speech at Stirling University.

The Consul General, Mr Hajime Kitaoka, announced the award of ‘Kancho-Hyosho’, which is given by ambassadors or Consul Generals of Japan, and was in recognition of Mr Millar’s efforts.

The commendation, written in Japanese states: “Dear Mr Jim Millar, you have made a distinguished contribution to the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between Scotland and Japan. I, hereby, would like to pay my utmost respect to you and give this award to celebrate your remarkable achievements.”

Mr Millar, who now lives in Edinburgh, was unable to attend the presentation, which was accepted on his behalf by his wife Suzie.

Mr Millar said: “It is a real honour to have my work recognised in this way by the Consul General, and I hope to continue promoting the important relationship between our two countries. Japan is a substantial investor in the UK, and there are many trade, education and cultural opportunities available that could be mutually beneficial.”

This is not the first time Mr Millar’s work with Japan has been recognised. In 2005 he received the Scottish Samurai Award, and in 2013 he was presented with the Scottish Samurai ‘Shogun’ Award, followed by Honorary Third Dan black belts by the World Karate Confederation and the National Karate Federation last year.