Japanese National Medal of Distinction Recipient

Clemson University Professor Emeritus Yuji Kishimoto has been awarded a national medal of distinction – the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays Medal – by the Emperor of Japan in a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Tokyo.

An honorable certificate signed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also was presented to Kishimoto for his longtime efforts to promote academic, cultural and economic relations between the United States and Japan.

“I am thrilled that Yuji has been recognized for his lifetime of service and his incredible work to forge closer ties between the United States and Japan,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “Yuji also has represented Clemson in a world-class manner for well over 30 years as a faculty member, adviser and ambassador of the university and the state of South Carolina, and I am honored to call him a colleague and a friend.”

“I am very humbled by this news and honored to share it with and represent Clemson University. Helping to establish the Japan America Association of South Carolina and my position as special assistant to the president of Clemson University supported these activities and created the environment in which I have been able to achieve the level and the quality for these recognitions by the Japanese government.”

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