The Government of Japan conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star upon the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Nor bin Haji Jeludin, who is also Chief of Protocol, in recognition of his contribution to strengthening bilateral relations and promoting friendship between Japan and Brunei.
In 1984, he was one of the first Bruneians to participate in the Japanese Language Programme for Foreign-Service Officers organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
He has been consistently committed to furthering good relations between Japan and Brunei.
During his tenure as Ambassador to Japan from 2003 to 2005, he contributed to improving the friendship between the two countries through numerous high level visits, including the visit of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to Japan in December 2003 and the visit of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince Naruhito (currently the Emperor of Japan) to Brunei to attend the wedding ceremony of His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office in September 2004,” said the Embassy of Japan in Brunei in a statement.
He also contributed to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Brunei in 2004. In 2019, His Majesty visited Japan to attend the Enthronement Ceremony for His Majesty the Emperor Naruhito.
“His Majesty’s presence attracted great attention as the longest reigning head of state among international guests, and Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Nor contributed to make the historic visit in terms of Japan-Brunei relations,” the embassy said.