Four Indians to be honored with Spring Imperial Decorations



By NewsGram Staff Writer

Japanese government today revealed the names of 85 foreign recipients of Spring Imperial Decorations. The honors include four Indians, including leading scientist, C.N.R. Rao, and former principal secretary to Prime Minister T.K.A. Nair.

The Order of the Rising Sun is awarded for to those who have made remarkable contributions in the fields of international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.

A Japanese embassy release said that the presentation ceremony will be held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 8, when the foreign recipients will be given an audience with the Emperor of Japan.

Rao, who is also a Bharat Ratna recipient, would be awarded with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for his “contribution to promoting academic interchange and mutual understanding in science and technology between Japan and India”.

Nair would be honored with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for his “contribution to the enhancement of relations and the promotion of friendship between Japan and India.”

President of Indo-Japanese Association, Mumbai, Nikunj Parekh, would be conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, for his input in the promotion and presentation of Japanese Culture in India.

The top Japanese honor for a contribution in the activities of the Japanese overseas establishment will be given to Topgay Bhutia, a former Japanese embassy employee in India.