YASUTERU HIRAI, chairman of Mitsubishi Corporation China, was honored as an Honorary Resident of Shanghai yesterday for his contributions to the city.
Shanghai Mayor Gong Zheng presented him with a medal and certificate.
The award is the highest in regards to recognition of immigrants in Shanghai.
Gong stated the honorary citizenship represented the inclusiveness of Shanghai and was likewise in recognition of expats’ contributions to promoting the city’s development.
Since 1997, 45 expats have ended up being honorary residents of Shanghai.
Hirai turned 59 the other day and said the honor was the best birthday present he had actually received.
” I feel honored to have actually received the Magnolia Silver Award in 2014, the Magnolia Gold Award in 2017, and the honorary citizenship today,” he stated. “I always feel that there is more for me to do for Shanghai and the highest award in Shanghai has actually given me a sense of mission to do better in my job and make more contributions to the city.”
Hirai started promoting Mitsubishi’s organization in China right after he joined the company in1984 Under his leadership, Mitsubishi Corp China moved its head workplace from Beijing to Shanghai and developed into the biggest of all Mitsubishi branches on the planet.
He has actually likewise contributed his understanding in promoting green and strategic emerging industries in Shanghai and sponsored activities for autistic kids.
After the COVID-19 break out, Mitsubishi contributed 200,000 masks to China and he returned to Shanghai to lead the resumption of the company’s work, including pressing forward the establishment of a chemical research and advancement center in the Shanghai Hangzhou Bay Advancement Zone in Fengxian District.
Hirai stated he loves the city, its life and culture.
” Shanghai is a perfect place for foreign services with explicit policies and high government work efficiency,” he said.
” Meanwhile, the federal government wants to interact with foreign services like Mitsubishi Corporation to find out what needs to be improved and fix issues effectively, which is one of the biggest benefits of Shanghai in terms of business environment.”
He stated Shanghai’s cultural development also impressed him.
” There are numerous galleries and museums in Shanghai and they have regular exchanges and cooperation with their counterparts all over the world to bring cultural satisfaction to Shanghai homeowners including me,” he stated. “I will absolutely continue to work and live in the city in the following years and wish to make a lifelong contribution to the city.”
Magnolia Gold Awards
The city also provided Magnolia Gold Awards to 10 expats from Spain, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Brazil, the United States, the UK and France. They come from fields consisting of trade, financing, services, science, healthcare and culture.
Considering That 1992, 342 immigrants have received the Magnolia Gold Award.
Gong presented the medals and certificates, and Xu Kunlin, vice mayor of Shanghai, thanked them for their contributions.
” All the recipients of the award represent the very best of the best in their own industry. Something in typical is that numerous have actually been living and working in Shanghai for a great deal of years and end up being good friends of the city,” he stated.
” The outbreak of COVID-19 has actually triggered a great deal of disruption to everyone’s life. I want to thank the award winners and the foreign community for working with us to consist of the pandemic.”
He said Shanghai was continuing its reform and opening-up and was going for it to become a worldwide center for finance, trade, shipping and scientific innovation.
Francisco Javier Gimeno Alcala, the Spanish CEO of Asia-Pacific of French international Saint-Gobain Group, delivered a speech on behalf of the recipients.
” Everybody feel exceptionally honored by the great recognition that the city of Shanghai has actually so kindly awarded us,” he said.
” You have welcomed us with open arms, by producing excellent company and life conditions. After a lot of years working and living here, each people has actually established a very important and nostalgic relationship. Certainly, we all feel Shanghainese.”
Gimeno was honored for promoting financial advancement and innovation in the city, in addition to exchanges in between China and France.
Gimeno, his better half and two children have actually lived in Shanghai for 10 years.
” Given that our arrival in the fall of 2010, we have actually experienced the fantastic acceleration of the improvement of the city. In the years after our arrival, Shanghai has become a worldwide standard in terms of social vigor, business dynamism and cumulative and specific creativity,” he stated.