I am grateful and honored to receive this prestigious award, and would like to thank Mr. Takewaka, Consulate-General of Japan, and the staff at the consulate for this occasion, and to all of the other distinguished guests in attendance tonight.
Being awarded the Foreign Minister’s commendation is something I never could have imagined.
We have published our paper without suspending publication.
It wouldn’t be possible without our talented all staff’s effort and contribution.
I am grateful for your generosity, loyalty and commitment to the company. Thank you.
Thanks to a founder Kenji Sakai, writers who have been spending together for past long 40 years, companies which have been placing an advertisement for our paper and all readers, we Nichigo Press marked its 40th anniversary this month.
It’s such a long time, some people here were not yet born.
I looked at the first issue of Nichigo Press issued on 1st of October 1977 and checked all news and advertisement.
As you can imagine, most of the advertisers have closed their business in the last 40 years, but some of them still be here, which makes me smile.
For example, Boulevard hotel is still open. I’m not sure if it’s a hotel or maybe it has been changed to an apartment.
Another well-known business and still very popular is Captain Cool Cruise, but the owner has changed.
So many opal shops have been closed.
I’m very proud to be in Nichigo Press, which has been continuously conducting the business in the world changing day by day.
Can you please put your hands together for our staff for their dedication working day-in and day-out for our newspaper?
While I am delighted to be recognised for what we have done in the past, I see this as a starting point for our next generation of our people.
I am sure we will continue to aim to further deepen and quality information, contribute towards linking Australia and Japan, and play a central role in the local Japanese community.
I sincerely thank each one of you for your continuous support.