Prestigious Japanese order conferred on Berthold Leibinger
Japanese government to honor Professor Dr. Berthold Leibinger for his services toward the exchange between Japan and Germany.
Ditzingen, September 14, 2016 – On Friday, September 16, 2016, Professor Berthold Leibinger (85), founder of the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung, received the Japanese “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon”.
The order has been conferred at the Japanese Embassy in Berlin by the Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency Takeshi Yagi. The honor, awarded by the Japanese government, is in recognition of Berthold Leibinger’s "achievements in promoting economic exchanges and mutual understanding between Japan and Germany", according to the explanatory statement. The laudation, in the presence of former German Federal President Horst Köhler, has been delivered by the former German ambassador to Japan and Indonesia, Heinrich Seemann.
The "Order of the Rising Sun" was first awarded in 1875 to persons who had “rendered distinguished service to the state and the general public". Similar to the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, there are different levels. The "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbons” is the rough equivalent of Germany’s "Great Cross of Merit". The order is primarily conferred on politicians as well as cultural studies experts and natural scientists.
One good example of Berthold Leibinger’s commitment to Japan is the establishment of the German Industry Park in Yokohama in 1987, which led to a close partnership between the state of Baden-Württemberg and the Kanagawa Prefecture.
The statement continues: “Also worthy of mention is the cultural commitment of the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH and TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG. Through their support with the exhibition and cataloging of the collection of Japanese netsuke and inro in the Linden Museum, Stuttgart, these examples of Japanese craftsmanship were successfully presented to a broad public. This promotes an understanding of Japanese culture.”