News release

Mayor Hazel McCallion Awarded the Order of the Rising Sun

Entertainment and activities | June 10, 2014

The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette was presented to Mayor Hazel McCallion at a special ceremony yesterday evening at the residence of the Consul General of Japan in Toronto.

“I am very honoured to receive the Order of the Rising Sun,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion.

“Mississauga and Japan businesses have enjoyed a great relationship and I’ve often said that Mississauga is the Japanese capital of Canada.  As well, I am very proud of our sister-city relationship with Kariya where citizens from both cities have exchanged great experiences in the name of friendship.”

“I am grateful to Mayor McCallion for her strong leadership in supporting the approximately 80 Japanese businesses currently in Mississauga.  This, together with her commitment to Mississauga-Kariya relations, will be remembered for decades as her important contributions to Canada-Japan relations,” said Consul General Yamamoto.


Mayor McCallion has been awarded this decoration by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan for her contributions to Japan-Canada relations through her welcoming support of Japanese businesses in Mississauga.  It also recognizes her invaluable participation in the sister-city initiative between Mississauga and Kariya, Japan, which were twinned in July 1981.

For more information, please contact Rui Umezawa, Consulate General of Japan;
416-306-1850 or

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