National May 27, 2016

Double foreign winners of Japanese decoration and medals: panel

A government panel reviewing Japan's decoration and medal award system has proposed almost doubling the number of foreign awardees to 300 per year in a phased approach. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is expected to revise the system from this fall's awards based on Thursday's ...

National Nov 3, 2015

Rumsfeld, Van Rompuy among thousands getting Japanese awards

The government this week will honor 3,964 of the country's most distinguished citizens while also conferring orders on a record 89 foreigners from 38 nations, including former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, officials said Tuesday. Rumsfeld, 83, and former European Council President Herman Van ...

Figure skater Hanyu among 684 spring decoration recipients

National Apr 28, 2014

Figure skater Hanyu among 684 spring decoration recipients

Nineteen-year-old figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, who won a gold medal in the Sochi Olympics, is among the 684 people and 23 groups receiving this year's spring decorations, including a record 206 women, the government said Monday. Joining Hanyu to receive the Medal with Purple Ribbon, ...