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Rockefeller Receives Award From Japan

Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Sen. Jay Rockefeller say’s he’s deeply honored to receive the prestigious Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government.  The award recognizes Rockefeller’s work to strengthen the economic and cultural relationship between the two countries.

In a news release the senator says the people of Japan have shaped his life and the lives of thousands of West Virginians.

Rockefeller lived and studied in Japan for 3 years in the late 1950’s. He says the relationship he eventually built between West Virginia and Japan has led to the investment of billions of dollars and thousands of good paying jobs.

Rockefeller has led nearly a dozen trade missions to Japan,  hosted Japanese visitors to West Virginia, and has been instrumental in bringing more than 20 Japanese companies to the state,  including NGK Spark Plugs, Nissin, and Toyota.

His father, John D. Rockefeller III, also received the award in 1969.