Dr. Tonči Tadić (52), who is a Research Associate of Ruđer Bošković Institute and Vice President of Croatia-Japan Cultural and Economic Society, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon, in recognition of his significant contribution to promoting friendly relations between Japan and Croatia and facilitating academic exchange in fields of nuclear fusion.
In 1995 Dr. Tadić obtained a Ph. D. in Physics at Ruđer Bošković Institute and the University of Zagreb. Along with research, Dr. Tadić has been active in Croatian politics, serving two terms as a member of the Zagreb City Assembly, as well as two terms as a member of the Croatian Parliament. During his mandate as a member of the Parliament, Dr. Tadić has contributed to broadening the relation between Japan and the Republic of Croatia as a Chairman of the Croatian-Japanese Parliamentary Friendship Group.
As a nuclear physicist, he has devoted himself in science and technology cooperation between two countries. He conducted one of the joint researches with Japanese researcher in the field of material science which was realized based on the MOU between Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia (MSES).
Dr. Tadić has been active in organizing various cultural events relating to Japan and giving lectures on Japanese culture not only as a Vice President of Croatia-Japan Cultural and Economic Society, but also as a private citizen. Likewise, he has contributed profoundly in providing Croatian citizens with impartial information on the situation on Japan after the Great East Japan earthquake, by giving interviews and writing articles in Croatian newspapers.