Former minister Ashwani Kumar to get Japan Imperial Decoration

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Former minister Ashwani Kumar to get Japan Imperial Decoration

New Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) Former Union minister Ashwani Kumar has been selected by Japan for this year’s Spring Imperial Decorations, for his contribution to strengthening of bilateral ties and promotion of friendship between the two countries.

The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, the highest category of decorations among the Orders of the Rising Sun, is conferred in recognition of distinguished accomplishments of individuals.

“The Presentation Ceremony for the Investiture of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun will be held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 9, when the foreign recipients will be given an audience with His Majesty the Emperor of Japan,” the Japanese Embassy here said today.

The former minister for law and justice in the government of ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh will attend the presentation ceremony to receive the decoration, it said.

“Kumar served as the Special Envoy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan on the occasion of the visit of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan to India in December, 2013, and significantly contributed to the success of the visit,” the embassy said in a statement.

He was the Accompanying Minister to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he visited India in 2007, and was Chairman of FICCI India-Japan Forum of Parliamentarians established during the visit of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to India in 2005.

“Kumar has also been contributing to the promotion of Japan-India relations in the field of Science and Technology, as Council member of the STS Forum,” it said.

Noted industrialist Ratan Tata was one of the other Indian recipients of the Decoration in the past, it said.

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