• Kyodo


Southern All Stars frontman Keisuke Kuwata and world-renowned sushi chef Jiro Ono are among the 755 recipients of this year’s autumn decorations, government officials said Saturday.

The Medal with Purple Ribbon, for contributions to academia, the arts and sport, has been awarded to eight men and six women.

They include Kuwata, 58, who has led the pop-rock band since its debut in 1978, shogi giant Koji Tanigawa, 52, and actress Atsuko Takahata, 60. Academics to receive the medal include University of Tokyo professor Hidetoshi Katori, 50, who devised an optical lattice clock that loses only one second over 30 billion years.

The Medal with Yellow Ribbon for dedication to one’s profession has been bestowed on 228 men and 12 women. Among them is sushi chef Ono, 89, whose Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo hosted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama in April.

The Medal with Red Ribbon, given in recognition of life-saving efforts, was awarded to four people and one organization. Among them is Nepalese Karki Anuj Raj, 21, who saved a stricken woman who fell onto the tracks at a Tokyo train station in May.

The Medal with Green Ribbon for exceptional social service goes to nine men, 10 women and 20 organizations, including veteran Braille transcriber Kazumi Amo, 67.

The Medal with Blue Ribbon for advancing the public good has been awarded to 321 men and 136 women, including Hiroshi Hinokio, 63, who has supported the independent living of people with disabilities for more than 20 years.

In total, the autumn decorations honor 569 men, 165 women and 21 groups.

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