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Nippon Foundation chairman Sasakawa to receive IMO International Maritime Prize

Nippon Foundation chairman Sasakawa to receive IMO International Maritime Prize
The IMO is to award Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the Nippon Foundation, with the prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2014.

The prize recognizes Sasakawa’s contribution to the IMO over many years in particular the development of future maritime leaders and his contribution to the enhancement of safety and security in vital shipping lanes.

The IMO Council noted Sasakawa’s long-standing dedication to maritime education and training through the initiatives of the Nippon Foundation and its support to the World Maritime University (WMU), based in Malmö, Sweden and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta.

Sasakawa joined the Nippon Foundation in 1981, served as president from 1989 and became its chairman in 2005. The prize will be presented to Sasakawa by the IMO in a special ceremony to be held later this year.

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