November 14, 2017
Sadako Ogata, a JICA Distinguished Fellow, has been awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil. Kazuhiko Koshikawa, JICA Executive Senior Vice President, accepted the award on her behalf from André Corrêa do Lago, ambassador to Japan, at an award ceremony held at the Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo on October 30. The highest class of the Order of Rio Branco, the Grand Cross is bestowed on individuals of exceptional merit who have contributed to the strengthening of friendly relations between Brazil and a foreign country. The award to Ogata recognizes not only her accomplishments in the human rights field, but also her significant contributions in promoting triangular cooperation* of Brazil and Japan with countries in Africa.
Regarding the award, Ogata said the following:
When I heard the news concerning the Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco, I was deeply moved at the great honor and privilege bestowed upon me.
The triangular cooperation resulting from the partnership between Brazil and Japan is indispensable today not only in Africa but also in other regions of the world, and I am pleased to see how such efforts have brought about concrete outcomes in fields such as medical care and vocational training.
Ten years have now passed since I visited Brazil as the president of JICA, and I would like to take this opportunity to express my hopes that relations between Brazil and Japan will continue to develop even more strongly going forward.
* Triangular cooperation is a mode in which a developed country such as Japan supports an initiative (South-South cooperation) in which a relatively developed country utilizes its development experience, human resources and other assets to provide assistance to another developing country.