CPP and Senate President Chea Sim was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government on Sunday in recognition of his contributions to the strengthening of relations between the two countries. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Sim, as president of the National Assembly for the People’s Republic of Kampuchea, “actively supported Japan’s diplomatic efforts for a political solution of Cambodia’s conflict by meeting with Japanese high ranking officials frequently,” according to a statement from the Japanese Embassy announcing the decoration. “Furthermore, he [Mr. Sim] laid the foundation to promote
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