BETHESDA, MD., September 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The government of Japan held a presentation ceremony Thursday, September 8, 2022at the Residence of the Ambassador of Japan to formally confer the Order of SunriseGold and Silver Star, Emperor of Japan at Centrus Energy Corp. (NYSE American: LEU) Chairman and CEO Daniel B. Poneman. Poneman was among the Spring 2020 award winners, but the ceremony was delayed due to the pandemic.
“I am humbled and deeply grateful to the government for Japan for this honor and I would like to thank the many people who made it possible. We all know that these awards are really about teamwork, so I consider myself accepting this award on behalf of all the people with whom I have had the privilege of working on U.S.-Japan relations for nearly 30 years,” Poneman said.United States and Japan develop and deploy the next generation of reactors in our own countries and around the world. Equally important, United States and Japan must cooperate to provide the nuclear fuel needed to support both existing reactors and the exciting new generation of designs to come. By doing so, we can ensure the energy security of our own countries, our partners and our allies, while establishing and enforcing unparalleled global non-proliferation standards. »
The ambassador of Japan at United States, Koji Tomita, delivered a speech and presented the award on behalf of the Emperor of Japan. The event also featured remarks from the former US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Managing Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Japan Bank for International Cooperation Tadashi Maeda. Congratulatory messages were received from Shinsuke SugiyamaAdvisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Takashi ShimadaExecutive Secretary to the Prime Minister; Takeo AkibaNational Security Advisor; Takaya Imaispecial adviser to the Cabinet; Hirohide Hirai, Deputy Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); and Shin HosakaCommissioner of the Natural Resources and Energy Agency at METI.
Poneman’s full remarks on the event are available here.
It is one of the highest decorations a foreigner can receive. Poneman’s award comes “in recognition of his contributions to improving the relationship between Japan and The United States of America in the energy sector.” The original announcement of the Government of Japan specifically cited Poneman’s service as U.S. Undersecretary of Energy from 2009 to 2014, including “leading the discussion on bilateral civilian nuclear cooperation through his role as co-chair of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Cooperation civil nuclear power since its creation in 2012.”
The Order of Sunrise was established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji to reward outstanding civil or military merit.
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