10 March 2017
On 2nd March, Stephen McEnally was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in a ceremony officiated by the Japanese Ambassador Tsuruoka Koji, at the Embassy of Japan in the UK. The Japan Research Centre congratulates Stephen on this award which acknowledges his distinguished career supporting UK-Japan cultural and academic relations. In a career spanning forty years Stephen worked for the British Council (including appointments in Japan), the Japan Foundation (London) and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, where he notably established key funding and cultural programmes supporting the academic field of Japanese Studies in the UK. The ceremony was attended by members of the Japan-UK community and Japanese Studies academics from across the UK, reflecting the warmth and gratitude for Stephen’s endeavours and commitment to the field. Stephen joined the JRC as a Senior Fellow in 2016, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with him.