RIGA - The renowned Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls is among the foreign recipients of Japan's state awards announced by the Japanese government.
As LETA was told at the Japanese embassy in Riga, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon has been conferred on Pauls for promoting Japanese-Latvian cultural ties and understanding between the two nations.
The embassy indicated that Pauls is a widely popular artist and his song Davaja Marina has been performed by many Japanese singers, achieving great popularity in Japan.
At a time when Pauls was a member of Saeima, he worked in the Latvia-Japan parliamentary cooperation group, contributing to cultural exchange between the two countries and promoting Japanese culture in Latvia.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) congratulated Pauls on Twitter, expressing joy over the appreciation of Pauls' talent and contribution to the world' culture.