Japan to bestow awards on 4,029 people in autumn decorations ceremony


Japan will bestow government decorations in recognition of contributions to the state on 4,029 people, including 370 women, the central government announced on Monday.

The awards will also include 57 foreigners from 30 countries and territories.

The top decoration, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, will go to six people including former Komatsu Ltd. President Masahiro Sakane, 73, former Supreme Court justices Yukio Takeuchi, 71, and Mutsuo Tahara, 70, former Yamaguchi Gov. Sekinari Nii, 71, former House of Councilors President Kenji Hirata, 70, and former Teijin Ltd. President Shosaku Yasui, 79.

Actor Yuzo Kayama, 77, and actress Kirin Kiki, 71, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. Former Japanese Ambassador to Britain Sadayuki Hayashi, 76, will be given Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure.

The foreigners to be recognized include former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 82, with Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Joseph Nye, 77, with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star.

The Grand Cordon of the Order decorations will be presented by Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace on Wednesday.