Spring awards go to 4,068

Kyodo News

The government released a list Wednesday of 4,068 Japanese recipients of this year’s spring decorations for their contributions to the nation and public in various fields such as politics, business, and arts and culture.

Seven people who received the highest honor in this spring’s commemoration, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, include former Japanese Trade Union Confederation President Etsuya Washio, 70, and ex-Supreme Court Justice Toyozo Ueda, 71.

The other five are former Nara Gov. Yoshiya Kakimoto, 71, former Kintetsu Corp. President Wa Tashiro, 82, former House of Councilors Vice President Giichi Tsunoda, 71, former Dentsu Inc. President Yutaka Narita, 79, and former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Junzo Matoba, 74.

Among the Japanese recipients, 879 will receive the Order of the Rising Sun and 3,189 will be given the Order of the Sacred Treasure.

Women accounted for 343 recipients, or 8.4 percent of the total, while private-sector recipients came to 1,666, or 40.9 percent. In addition to the Japanese recipients, the government will bestow similar honors on 70 foreigners.

Actress Yaeko Mizutani, 70, whose real name is Yoshie Matsuno, will be given the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.

Novelist Takashi Atoda, 74, bunraku master Takemoto Tsunatayu, 77, and actress Mitsuyo Asaka, 81, are among recipients in the arts and culture field.

Atoda will be given the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, Tsunatayu, whose real name is Tadao Ozaki, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, and Asaka, whose real name is Shoko Kitaoka, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays.

Honor recipients in the academic field include Keimei Kaizuka, 75, an authority on public finance science and a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, and Masako Niwa, 75, an authority on clothing and apparel science and former president of Nara Women’s University, who will each be bestowed the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star.

Other honor recipients included Asako Masumori, 70, a volunteer probation officer and Seiichi Kato, 69, a stone lantern producer.