By Hakim Mahari
GOMBAK, 12 March 2022: Former Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe received Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Political Economy on the occasion of IIUM’s 36th Convocation held here today in recognition of his contribution in politics as well as economics.
The award is in appreciation of the synergy between Malaysia and Japan that has been established for a long time between the two countries in various sectors, especially in the field of science and technology which had benefitted the academic world.
The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al Musta’in Billah conferred the award on Shinzo Abe during the audience ceremony which took place at Istana Negara yesterday.
Following the award, Abe delivered a keynote speech on a topic “Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Look East Policy” at ICC Hall, Gombak campus.
Being the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japanese history, Abe served as Prime Minister and President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020.
During his years as Prime Minister, Abe launched an ambitious economic programme intended to stimulate the long-moribund Japanese economy to help speed the recovery of the northeastern Honshu (Tōhoku) region devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Present at the convocation ceremony were Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato’ Sri Saifuddin Abdullah, Secretary-General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tan Sri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, IIUM President, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar, and Chairman of IIUM Convocation Council, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Faris Ismail, as well as officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kuala Lumpur. ***
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