SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) -A University of Utah professor received an Imperial Decoration from the Emperor of Japan Sunday.
William Higuchi, who teaches pharmaceutical science, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays. It is a high civilian honor recognizing lifetime achievement, and excellence that contributes to mutual understanding, and friendship between the United States and Japan. "My vocabulary does not permit me to deal with the moment properly. I can only say that it's a very high honor."
Dr. Higuchi was a Japanese American citizen during world war two, and was interred as a child at a relocation center in Wyoming. He has published hundreds of scientific reports in his career, and received numerous awards. Dr. Higuchi has been at the University of Utah since 1982 where he has trained Americans and Japanese alike.