Higashi-Kuninomiya International Culture Award ceremony: 9 people received the award, included Mr. Teimuraz Lezhava, "Charge d'Affaires" of the Georgia Embassy in Japan


On October 14th 2020, Higashi-Kuninomiya International Culture Award ceremony was held at the International Cultural Center (Minato-ku, Tokyo). Nine people received the prize, including Mr. Teimuraz Lezhava, the temporary deputy ambassador of the Georgia Embassy in Japan.

Higashi-Kuninomiya International Culture Award rewarded people of all nationalities who made significant contributions to the world and to people in all fields related to Japan. It is an award that was founded following the wishes of Prince Morihiro Higashi-Kuninomiya, the first son of Prince Naruhiko Higashi-Kuninomiya who was the first prime minister in Japan from the imperial family.

After the war, when Japan was poor, the imperial family and the Higashi-Kuninomiya family had precepts and wills to give dreams, hopes, courage, motivation, energy, confidence to the people, and to praise people’s enlightenment movement. Mr. Fumiyasu Akegawa, as the representative director of Higashi-Kuninomiya International Culture Award foundation, has been commending those people four to five times a year for 15 years.

The aim of Higashi-Kuninomiya International Culture Award – to give dreams, hope, courage, motivation, energy, confidence, pride to the people and to praise their efforts – and DEVNET International’s goal (hereinafter referred to as DEVNET) – achieving the SDGs, world peace and happiness – are in the same direction.
Higashi-Kuninomiya International Culture Award foundation continues its efforts to discover and support, not only in Japan but also worldwide, private companies and human resources collaborating with DEVNET and striving for the peace and happiness of humankind in their global activities.

Mr. Teimuraz Lezhava, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Georgia, gave a greeting on behalf of all the award winners.
“I think the award this time is for all who have been devoting to the relationship between Georgia and Japan. I would like to thank all the ancestors who have been involved in the succession of Georgian culture. I lived in three different cultures: Georgian, Japanese and the United States one. I learned a lot from living in Japan for many years. I think Japan is my second home. I would like to thank the Japanese people who have kindly supported me.

Georgia and Japan have been keeping good diplomatic relations for nearly 30 years, under the common values of respecting superiors, valuing human relationships, history, culture and traditions, and cooperating in various fields. Georgia’s strengths include its geopolitical advantage of being located between Europe and Asia, its capability of international dialogue, negotiations and flexible social environment that accepts changes while maintaining its own values. I would like to continue to deepen the relationship with Japan in the three pillars of politics, economy and culture, and make it even more meaningful than ever. With this aim, I think that interaction between humans of both countries is the key”.

Mr. Akegawa made a congratulatory speech and said: “It is important how much you can continue to study and devote yourself after receiving the award today.” He emphasized that the award ceremony was a boost to the next step.

Besides the award ceremony, DEVNET held an activity briefing session. Mr. Akegawa, the Chair and CEO of DEVNET, reported he is attending the 75th memorial peace ceremony of the atomic bomb of Nagasaki in August. He also announced that on October 20th, DEVNET JAPAN Nagoya office, headed by Mr. Shoko Tamaoki CEO of Mugen Co. Ltd., would start operations. Mr. Akegawa then promised that DEVNET, in collaboration with International Cross-Industrial Cooperative, the supervising organizations involved in Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP), would invite more technical intern trainees from developing countries in order to make a leap forward.