September 18, 2018
On September 7, three people with ties to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) received the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn in Thailand from King Rama X of Thailand for assistance in search and rescue efforts during the Tham Luang cave rescue in June.
Among the three Japanese people receiving the honor was Shigeki Miyake, Senior Representative of the JICA Thailand Office, who went to the site to assist in the search and rescue operation. The Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn was established as a national order by former Rama IX in 1991 and is conferred on people rendering distinguished service to Thailand or its people. The award bestowed on this occasion was the Member of the Most Admirable Order of Direkgunabhorn, the fifth class of the order.
Honorees with a portrait of Rama IX and Prime Minister Prayut(Photo courtesy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand)
The three honorees provided technical advice on efficient methods for draining cave water and mud in connection with cooperation being provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Electric Power Development Co. Ltd, (J-POWER) and JICA expert on global positioning system (seconded from the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan). The activities they engaged included providing the radar topographical maps created with satellite data at maximum picture resolution from the Advanced Land Observing Satellite 2 and dispatching Kubota pumper truck that had been provided to Thailand by Japan in the past. The honorees came together as a Japanese team during their efforts to support the search and rescue operation of the Government of Thailand.
The three attended the award ceremony with honorees from other countries at the Government House of Thailand in Bangkok, the capital city. The awards were conferred in the presence of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and other government officials of Thailand, Shiro Sadoshima, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Thailand, and other embassy and government officials from various countries.
At JICA, the safe rescue of all the people trapped in the cave is considered to be a success resulting from the concentrated cooperation of all who participated in the search and rescue operation from Thailand, Japan and other countries around the world. We would like to extend our respect to all who participated and to thank everyone in Japan who reached out in encouragement of the efforts.