“I’m deeply pleased and honoured to receive this prestigious award,” said Hanaki. "This honour does not simply reflect on me personally, I'm very thankful for the guidance, patronage and full support which I have received from so many people, as well as our domestic and international customers. Special thanks also go to our employees here and overseas.”

Medals of honour are awarded by the Government of Japan to persons who have significantly contributed to society. Hanaki’s medal is for those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, developments in welfare or preservation of the environment.

Okuma is represented in the UK by NCMT.