When Donald Trump’s Japanese culture icon was honored by the White House on Wednesday, he had one major goal in mind.
“To give Japan a good score on their cultural indicators, of which Japan has been one of the best,” the Japanese Culture Institute’s Shigeru Tanaka said.
Tanaka was referring to Japan’s culture, which has received much praise in recent years for its high quality of life, and the nation’s reputation for being a good place to live and work.
The Japanese government also recently increased its “cultural capital” rating from A+ to B+.
This is not the first time that Trump has given his support to the Japanese government’s cultural scorecard.
In March, he signed an executive order directing the US Department of State to assess Japan’s cultural indicators and to make recommendations for changes.
Trump has also endorsed the Japanese Government’s “Cultural Leadership Index” and “Culture and Culture Studies Program,” which aim to boost Japanese society’s image in the world.
While the White Rose and Japanese Culture are on the Whitehouse’s agenda, other government institutions have also been praised for their achievements in the area.
Japan has achieved several “cultural benchmarks” including being the “most innovative country in the World” for women’s rights, for being “a top performer in science and technology” and being “an outstanding model of human rights.”