The Emperor of Japan on 8 May 2012 presents Let. Gen. (Ret.) Sayidiman Suryohadiprojo, Indonesian Ambassador to Japan in 1979-1983, with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold, and Silver Star in a ceremony at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo. Ambassador Sayidiman was awarded due to his works in promoting friendship and understanding between Indonesia and Japan, especially when he served as ambassador. Many of his activities laid foundation to the cooperation between the two countries, who have now become strategic partners.
Ambassador Sayidiman, born in Bojonegoro on 21 September 1927, closely worked for capacity building programs for Indonesian soldiers through exchange cooperation with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Officer Candidate School (JGSDF OCS). In 1998, the exchange program for Indonesian Army cadets in JGSDF OCS started, and still take place until now.
Ambassador Sayidiman also utilized culture, such as Indonesian language classes, cultural events, and dialogues, to promote a better understanding between Indonesia and Japan. After concluding his term in Japan, this one of the best graduate from Yogyakarta Military Academy in 1946 came back to Jakarta to resume his diplomatic duties as one of President's advisor in the relationship of Indonesia-Japan.
After the ceremony at the Imperial Palace, Ambassador Sayidiman expresses his deep appreciation that Emperor Akihito apparently still remember him. "We last met when the Emperor was still the Crown Prince. It was such a long time ago," he said in awe. He is accompanied by his family during this trip to Japan.
After the ceremony, Ambassador Sayidiman met with the diplomats from the Indonesian Embassy. He has a message to the young diplomats, that is to continue the works of the senior. "You have to improve our works in the past!"