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Poneman to Receive Order of the Rising Sun by the Government of Japan

Daniel B. Poneman

BETHESDA, Md. – The Government of Japan has announced that Centrus Energy Corp. (NYSE American: LEU) President and CEO Daniel B. Poneman will be awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the Emperor of Japan.  This is one of the highest decorations that any foreigner can receive, and comes “in recognition of his contributions towards enhancing the relationship between Japan and the United States of America in the energy sector.”

“This decoration reflects the great contributions of the many outstanding leaders in Japanese government, industry, and civil society I have had the good fortune to work with over many years,” Poneman said.  “The bond between our two nations is deeply rooted not only in our common interests in energy, economic, and national security, but also in our shared values and commitment to democratic principles.  Centrus’ longstanding role as a key supplier to Japan’s nuclear industry is a perfect example of how the partnership between our two nations extends far beyond government-to-government cooperation.  I am humbled and honored to receive this decoration and look forward to continuing to advance our partnership to the best of my ability.”

The announcement from the Government of Japan specifically cited Poneman’s service as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy from 2009 to 2014, including “leading the discussion on bilateral civil nuclear cooperation through his role as the Co-chair of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation from its establishment in 2012.”  The announcement also noted his work as Deputy Secretary in promoting exports of U.S. liquified natural gas to Japan.

The Order of the Rising Sun was established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji to be awarded for exceptional civil or military merit.

About Centrus Energy

Centrus Energy is a trusted supplier of nuclear fuel and services for the nuclear power industry. Centrus provides value to its utility customers through the reliability and diversity of its supply sources – helping them meet the growing need for clean, affordable, carbon-free electricity. Since 1998, the Company has provided its utility customers with more than 1,750 reactor years of fuel, which is equivalent to 7 billion tons of coal. With world-class technical and engineering capabilities, Centrus is also advancing the next generation of centrifuge technologies so that America can restore its domestic uranium enrichment capability in the future. Find out more at


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