We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jun Murai, W3C Steering Committee Member and Professor of Keio University has accepted the Knight of the Legion of Honour Medal from the French government. The decoration ceremony took place on 13 February at the French Ambassador’s residence. The Legion of Honour is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.
French Ambassador to Japan Laurent Pic, who decorated Murai-sensei, introduced Jun Murai as an “Internet Samurai” in the world. Thanks to Jun’s Internet research activities, his accomplishments contributed greatly to the advancement of society as well as technical progress. In addition, France also showed that he has continued to collaborate with Japan and research exchanges with Japan in the Internet field for many years through him.
Following words of thanks, Jun explained in detail the relationship with France in Internet research. “There are a lot of network researchers in the United States but in the part related to standardization, France and Japan combined in many cases, such as the World Wide Web and satellite Internet,” said Jun Murai, before concluding. “I wish this will lead to further development in the digital technology field, including the power of the young people of both countries in the future.”