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Japan to honor 4,113 people in autumn decorations

Former Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanihaki is one the six people who will receive the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun. (AFP)
Former Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanihaki is one the six people who will receive the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun. (AFP)
03 Nov 2019 03:11:02 GMT9
03 Nov 2019 03:11:02 GMT9

TOKYO: The Japanese government said Sunday it will honor a total of 4,113 people in autumn decorations.

Chuichi Date, 80, former president of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers.

The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun will be given to six people, including former Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki, 74, who also served as president of the Liberal Democratic Party, and Shoei Utsuda, 76, former president of Mitsui & Co.

The number of female recipients stood at a record high of 411, accounting for ten percent of the total.

In the field of culture and arts, novelist Hiroshi Sakagami, 83, will be awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Recipients of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, include actor Akira Emoto, 71.

A total of 136 foreigners will be honored. The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun will be given to eight of them, including former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former Slovenian Prime Minister Lojze Peterle and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

A ceremony to present the grand cordons will be held at the Imperial Palace on Thursday.

JIJI Press

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