Scottish Samurai award for Arbroath man

Former local councillor Jim Millar (49), from Arbroath, came up with the concept for the Glover brand of whisky - three editions of which have gone on to sell out to 15 countries around the world, including the targeted Japanese market. Contributed picture for local feature in Angus title on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
Former local councillor Jim Millar (49), from Arbroath, came up with the concept for the Glover brand of whisky - three editions of which have gone on to sell out to 15 countries around the world, including the targeted Japanese market. Contributed picture for local feature in Angus title on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Arbroath man Jim Millar has been announced as a winner of the 2017 Scottish Samurai Great Shogun Award in recognition of his work promoting the relationship between Scotland and Japan for almost thirty years.

The ‘Great Shogun’ is the highest honour given by the Scottish Samurai Awards, and previous recipients include noted scientist Dame Anne Glover, Lord Bruce, Martin Gilbert, head of Aberdeen Asset Management, Sir Ian Wood and Dr Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms.

Mr Millar will receive the award at a ceremony in Aberdeen, along with fellow recipient, round the world yachtsman, Sir Chay Blyth.

Chairman of the Awarding Committee, Mr Ronnie Watt OBE said: “Mr Millar has been a tireless advocate of bilateral relations between Scotland and Japan, from grass roots martial arts, to engaging with Government and industry at the highest levels. His most recent initiative saw him co-found the firm which introduced the hugely successful world’s first fusion of Scottish and Japanese whiskies.”

“The committee felt that Mr Millar’s continued work, which has involved promoting trade, cultural, educational and sporting links between the two countries over many years, has been exceptional and deserves further recognition.”

His previous awards include the Consul General of Japan’s Certificate of Commendation in 2015, Shogun Award in 2013 and the Samurai Award in 2006. He has also been awarded two honorary black belts in Karate.

Educated at Aberdeen and Stirling Universities, Jim is a Senior Parliamentary Adviser at Holyrood, as well as a Visiting Lecturer at Robert Gordon University and Director of Fusion Whisky Ltd. He splits his time between Arbroath and Edinburgh.