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Japan Honors Sen. Rockefeller

Cecelia Mason/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

W.Va. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) was the guest of honor at a luncheon Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

During a ceremony later in the day, Rockefeller will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government recognizing him for decades of work strengthening and promoting the relationship between Japan and the United States. The award was established in 1875 and is the country’s highest honor for foreigners.

Credit: Cecelia Mason/West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia PBS is videotaping the event as part of a documentary commemorating Rockefeller’s 50 years of public service.