TOKYO — Nov. 6, 2018: Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad today was conferred Japan’s highest award, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, by Emperor Akihito.
The conferment follows the contributions by Mahathir in strengthening bilateral ties. The ceremony was held at the Imperial Palace.
Mahathir is the third leader from Asia to be conferred the award after former Singapore prime minister, the late Lee Kuan Yew, and former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh.
He is on a three-day working visit to Japan since yesterday. — Bernama