In April this year, the Government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2018 Spring Imperial Decorations. Mr. Ivan Knez, Mayor of Biograd na Moru, is among this year’s foreign recipients awarded with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in recognition of his contributions to the promotion of understanding about Japan in Croatia as well as facilitating regional exchange between Japan and Croatia.
As a Vice President City and a Lead City of Mayors for Peace, Biograd na Moru has been a driving force for the activities of Mayors for Peace in Croatia. Since 2010, every year on August 6, Biograd has organized a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hosted next to the paper crane monument established as a symbol of peace.
In conjunction with this year’s commemoration ceremony on August 6, an award ceremony took place, at which the Japanese ambassador to Croatia Keiji Takiguchi presented Mayor Knez with the Order.