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Jun 10, 2022

LNBTI Advisory Board Chairman: Prof. Lakshman receiving a prestigious award “Order of the rising sun” from Japan

The Government of Japan Announces the Conferment of “The Order of the Rising Sun” upon two renowned Sri Lankan Nationals:

On 29th April 2022, the recipients of “The Order of the Rising Sun” were announced by the Government of Japan. For the Spring Conferment this year, two respectable figures, as undermentioned, from Sri Lanka were honoured with this esteemed award in recognition of their distinguished contribution to promoting academic exchanges and mutual understanding between Japan and Sri Lanka.

  • Deshamanya Prof. Weligamage Don Lakshman – The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
  • Mrs. Kalyani Siriseeli Lakshman – The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette

Deshamanya Prof. Weligamage Don Lakshman, the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo and the former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, promoted Japanese studies program in Sri Lanka and enhanced educational and academic interactions by teaching and undertaking joint research as a visiting scholar at several Japanese universities and research institutes. He has established the Master’s Course in Japanese Studies in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo in 1987, the first regional-study program in Sri Lanka. The volume which he edited, and published by the University of Colombo on the 50th Anniversary of Sri Lanka – Japan relationships remains a valuable source book on the subject. Prof. Lakshman also promoted cooperaton with several Japanese universities as the chairman of advisory board of Lanka Nippon Biztech Institute and also contributed to a number of joint activities in Sri Lanka, undertaken by Ryukoku University and Saga University and International University in Japan.

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