29 July 2013
President Benigno S. Aquino III conferred the Order of the Golden Heart with the rank of Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) to retired Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Tsuneo Tanaka. Ambassador Tanaka started his stint as Ambassador to the Philippines during the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino.
The Order of the Golden Heart was given to Tanaka for promoting and fostering a culture of service-oriented volunteer work for Japanese nationals in the Philippines through the Global Voluntary Service (GVS) of which he serves as Senior Adviser.
He also actively encouraged activities that provided financial and monetary assistance to programs that have helped improve the living standards and economic conditions of the Filipinos, and played a vital role in establishing numerous health, education, and livelihood projects throughout the country.