Japan sends thanks with top honour; Award goes to Liverpool teacher.
A LIVERPOOL woman has been given a special award by the Japanese for her outstanding work in enhancing business and cultural relations with Britain and their country.
Angela Davies, from Childwall, is only the second British person to receive the certificate of commendation. It was presented by Yoshiji Nogami, Ambassador of Japan to the Court of St James, at a special ceremony at the Japanese embassy in London.
The translation of the tribute on the certificate reads: "The ambassador of Japan extends his deepest regards to Ms Angela Gabrielle Davies in recognition of her distinguished service in contributing to the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the United Kingdom."
Mrs Davies who, among other things, teaches Japanese language and cultural studies at Liverpool John Moores University, Broad Green High School and St Julie's, Woolton, said it was "an amazing, tremendous honour".
She added: "Relations between Britain and Japan have improved tremendously over the years, and younger people especially are becoming more interested in modern Japanese culture because of such things as Manga comics and Anime movies."
Mrs Davies graduated from the first Modern Japanese language course to be held in this country at Sheffield University in the 1960s.
The Japanese equivalent of the BBC recently flew a film crew over to Liverpool to profile her work as part of a documentary devoted to the 20th anniversary of a project set up by JET, the Japan Exchange and Teaching project. In 1987, Mrs Davies had been the only person chosen by JET out of 38 people worldwide to be appointed a co-ordinator in its innovative International Relations programme.
Since then, she has been involved in many diplomatic missions, and is now also vice-chairman of the Japan Society North West.
Her 26-year-old son, Sam, who is also from Liverpool and a fluent Japanese speaker, has also now become a CIR.
"One of the next things that we're trying to do for Liverpool is to get the Japanese section on the old International Gardens festival site restored," said Mrs Davies.
Mr Takao Anzawa, cultural attache at the Japanese embassy, told the Daily Post: "Anglo-Japanese relations are improving all the time and we are very thankful for Angela Davies's help and organisation.
"She has made contributions in many fields and that is why we have given this special award."
We are very thankful for Angela's help
Angela Davies, from Childwall, receives a special honour from Ambassador Yoshiji Nogami; Filming with Japanese TV