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Dr. Yasuaki Maeda Wins Foreign Minister’s Commendations for Contributed Mutual Understanding between Vietnam and Japan

LastUpDate: October 10, 2019

Dr. Yasuaki Maeda, photo

Dr. Yasuaki Maeda

Dr. Yasuaki Maeda, OPU professor emeritus, wins the Foreign Minister’s Commendation for FY 2019. It is awarded to him for his contribution to environmental policy in Vietnam for many years.

The Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to groups and individuals with outstanding achievements in international fields, in order to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries and areas. The Commendations also aim to promote the understanding and support of the Japanese public for the activities of the recipients.

Promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and Vietnam

The awarding ceremony, photo

The awarding ceremony

Dr. Yasuaki Maeda has contributed to tackle environmental issues, especially air and water pollution, in Vietnam for over 40 years.

In 2004, he was sent to Vietnam as a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) expertise and was appointed the first adviser of environmental policy in Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. He had resided there for 4 years. He involved in creating “10 year action plan in Vietnam environmental strategies” and contributed to start up Vietnam environmental protection system.

Also he has made great efforts at development of human resources for environmental protection. To his great achievements, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh bestowed honorary professor on him in 2013, and same university, Hanoi bestowed honorary doctorate on him in 2016.

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