Japan's Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon awarded to Ali Nihat Gökyiğit

Tekfen Holding's Founding and Honorary Chairman Ali Nihat Gökyiğit has been decorated with Japan's highest Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon on February 27, 2018.

The award ceremony, held in the residence of the Japanese General Consul in Istanbul was hosted by His Excellency Mr. Norio Ehara and attended by Mr. Gökyiğit's family and Tekfen Holding's Board of Directors and executive management.

Japan's prestigious Order has beeen awarded after a thorough investigation and aupon approval by the Japanese parliament and in recognition of Mr. Gökyiğit's valuable contribution to the economic and cultural relations of the two countries during the last 25 years, including such projects as the introduction of Japanese businessmen to the newly founded CIS countries in the early 90'ies and the planting of 527 Sakura saplings in 2005 in Gökyiğit's Botanical Garden to commemorate the martyrs of the Ottoman Marine's Ertuğrul Frigate which was shipwrecked in a typhoon at the coast of Kushimoto on its way back from a friendy visit to Japan in 1890.

During the award ceremony, Ali Nihat Gökyiğit said in his speech "I feel much honoured to have been found worthy of this precious order, and to receive such an honourable title from a country as respectful as Japan makes it dearest to my heart."