Japan confers Voltaire Gazmin | The Manila Times

Lieutenant General Voltaire Gazmin (retired) was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, at an award ceremony held at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan on May 6.

Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa awards the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star to Lieutenant General Voltaire Gazmin.

The award, presented by Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, was presented in recognition of his invaluable contribution to strengthening Japan-Philippines relations in the defense sector.

In his congratulatory message, Ambassador Koshikawa praised Lt. Gen. Gazmin’s leadership as Secretary of National Defense for six years and expressed his gratitude for his strong initiative to sign the “Memorandum on Cooperation and Exchanges between the Ministry of Defense of Japan and the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of the Philippines” (2015) and the “Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines regarding the transfer of ‘Defence Equipment and Technology’ (2016), which promoted close relations between Japan and the Philippines on security and defense cooperation in the region, as well as contributed to strengthening the defense capabilities of Japan and the Philippines and improving the security environment in the region.