Japanese historian receives Magsaysay Award

Japanese historian receives Magsaysay Award

A Japanese historian has received major recognition for his work in protecting and restoring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor in Cambodia.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award is known as "Asia's Nobel Prize." A Philippines-based foundation gives out the award every year for contributions to peace and development in Asia.

The awards ceremony was held in Manila on Thursday.

Professor Yoshiaki Ishizawa is one of this year's winners.
He is an eminent scholar of Southeast Asian history and the former president of Sophia University in Japan.

Ishizawa researched the ruins of Angkor for about half a century, including a period when atrocities took place under the Pol Pot regime in the 1970s.

He also worked to restore and protect the cultural heritage and to nurture personnel for that effort.

After the ceremony, Ishizawa said he is very glad that his work with Cambodians has been recognized. He added he will widely spread messages linked to the historical heritage of Angkor Wat.