Turkish businessman awarded honorary degree in Japan

Ahmet Calik, chairman of Calik Holding, receives honorary degree from Matsumoto University

Ahmet Calik, chairman of Calik Holding, receives honorary degree from Matsumoto University

ISTANBUL – Prominent Turkish businessman Ahmet Calik received an honorary degree from Japan’s Matsumoto University on Sunday, a statement from Calik Holding said.

CEO of the prominent conglomerate, which conducts joint projects with Japanese companies in the Central Asia, Balkans, Middle East and Africa, was celebrated for his role in developing Japan’s business world, the statement said.

The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's adviser Isao Iijima, deputy Shigeyuki Gotoh, Turkish Ambassador to Japan Bulent Meric and many representatives from Japan’s business and academic world attended the honorary doctorate ceremony.

“The relations between Turkey and Japan are very strong, and Ahmet Calik has very important contributions to the development of our relationship,” said Iijima according to the statement.

Calik said, “I have been working with Japanese companies for 25 years; the Japanese are faithful, reliable and hardworking people.”

Calik Holding is active in multiple sectors including energy, telecoms, textile, construction, finance and mining. It employs about 20,000 people in 17 countries.

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