On May 21, 2019, the Government of Japan announced foreign recipients of the 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations. H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia is among this year’s foreign recipients.
The decoration was awarded in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards strengthening the bilateral relationship between Japan and Ethiopia as well as promoting Japan’s diplomacy toward Africa through TICAD. He will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
Hailemariam who served as 14th Prime Minister of Ethiopia from 2012 to 2018, has also previously served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and other governmental positions.
Following mass protests and unrest in 2016, He submitted his resignation as Prime Minister of Ethiopia and EPRDF chairperson on 15 February 2018.