Sen. Alexander Received 'Order of Rising Sun'
Sen. Lamar Alexander received a decoration conferred by Japanese Emperor Akihito in recognition of his dedication to Japan-U.S. relations. Alexander received the "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star" from Motohiko Kato, the consul general of Japan in Nashville. While Sen. Alexander was Tennessee governor he led numerous trade missions to Japan. The recruitment resulted in Nissan building the first Japanese auto assembly plant in the U.S. at Smyrna. More than 170 Japanese companies now have Tennessee operations accounting for more than 35,000 jobs.
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