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Macedonian historian Dr. Kosta Balabanov has expressed his delight at receiving this year’s Japan Foundation special prize for his contribution to introducing Japanese culture to the Balkan country.

For the last 30 years, Balabanov, an expert on Macedonian icons, has dedicated himself to showcasing Japanese culture in his homeland, both as an individual and also as president of the Society for Macedonian-Japanese Friendship and Cooperation and Honorary Consul General of Japan in Skopje.

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