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Four Indians to be honored with Spring Imperial Decorations

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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.

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Japanese Economy Officially in Recession Due to the Pandemic

Japan’s gross domestic product shrank by an annual 3.4% in the first three months of 2020

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A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo, May 11, 2020. VOA

Japan’s economy fell into recession for the first time since 2015 as the coronavirus pandemic brought economic activity at home and abroad to a screeching halt.

Figures released Monday by the Cabinet Office show Japan’s gross domestic product shrank by an annual 3.4% in the first three months of 2020, following a contraction in the last quarter of 2019, putting the country in a technical recession with two consecutive quarters of contraction.

The COVID-19 outbreak aggravated an already challenging situation for the world’s third-largest economy, which was dealing with the impact of a sales tax hike and a powerful typhoon. The pandemic led to official quarantines across the globe as governments tried to blunt the spread of the virus.

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The pandemic led to official quarantines and lockdowns across the globe as governments had to take steps for the safety of it’s citizens. Pixabay

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Japan has been mildly affected by the coronavirus compared to the rest of the world, with more than 16,000 confirmed infections, including over 700 deaths.  But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe imposed a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures last month out of fear the outbreak would overwhelm Japan’s healthcare system, then briefly expanded it for the entire country.

The government has announced a $990-billion stimulus bill to blunt the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, including $55 billion in direct payments to households and small businesses. (VOA)

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RED FM Joins Hands With Music Plus for Virtual Awards

eRISE INDIA Awards to recognize COVID heroes

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93.5 RED FM and Music Plus have partenered for virtual awards. Wikimedia Commons

93.5 RED FM has partnered interactive music information portal Music Plus for virtual awards initiative eRISE INDIA Awards to recognize and celebrate the selfless efforts of the COVID-19 crusaders.

There are doctors, nurses, frontline sanitization staff, industrialists, brands, celebrities, influencers, journalists, social media personalities and ordinary people who have shown extraordinary will to battle the pandemic.

‘RISE INDIA Awards’ is a four-week long initiative that will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube of RED FM every Friday, starting from 8th May. Nominations will be invited through RJ mentions and RJ videos where people can either self-nominate or nominate someone who has done notable work during the COVID-19 pandemic and deserves to be honoured. Hosted by popular RJs of RED FM every Friday for 4 consecutive weeks, the digital award ceremonies will be graced by a line-up of singers and composers who would be supporting the initiative from their respective homes.

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Many journalists, actors and RJs of RED FM will be a part of the event. Wikimedia Commons

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Speaking on the occasion, Nisha Narayanan, Director & COO, RED FM and Magic FM, said, “Every battle is won by warriors and heroes who refuse to surrender to the enemy. These times are no different. Our Covid 19 heroes are keeping us safe, while they fight the war against the virus. And as a humble gesture to recognise these relentless efforts Red FM has collaborated with Music Plus to bring you Rise India Awards. An effort to celebrate our Corona crusaders from health workers, and the police force, to the common man who is coming forward to serve the nation. Some of the biggest musicians and entertainers will be joining us during this weekly digital event. And every week we will also bring you stories of heroes, from across the country to inspire us. Saluting our Corona Heroes is the least we can do, and through that, hopefully also encourage many more heroes to rise.”

Speaking about The Rise India Awards, Tarsame Mittal, Founder, Music Plus, said,”In the present scenario where the world is battling to survive, there are some real life heroes who are risking their lives to save others. With the Rise India Awards we want to honour these frontline warriors and acknowledge their contribution.” (IANS)

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Impossible to Host the Olympics Until Coronavirus is Contained, Says PM of Japan

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan says that hosting Olympics even next is impossible if the pandemic is not contained till then

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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believes that it will be impossible to host Olympics in 2021 if the pandemic is not contained. Wikimedia Commons

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated it will be impossible to host the Olympics even next year if the ongoing coronavirus pandemic cannot be contained till then. The 2020 edition of the multi-national event was pushed back to 2021 in wake of COVID-19 crisis that has hit the entire world.

Answering a question related to Olympics, Abe said it is important for all athletes and spectators to feel safe and for that to happen, the virus will have to be contained.

“We’ve been saying the Olympic and Paralympic Games must be held in a complete form, in that athletes and spectators can all participate safely. It would be impossible to hold the Games in such a complete form unless the coronavirus pandemic is contained,” Abe was quoted as saying by CNN.

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Olympics 2020 which were supposed to take place in Tokyo have already been postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. VOA

Earlier, Tokyo Olympics chief had warned the event will have to be scrapped in case of further delay.

“In that case, the Olympics will be scrapped,” Yoshiro Mori told Nikkan Sports when quizzed about pushing the Games further if needed.

Tokyo Olympics was supposed to be held in July-August this year but had to to postponed due to COVID-19 crisis. The International Olympics Committee (IOC) set the new dates as July 23 till August 8 next year.

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The head of Japan Medical Association (JMA) had earlier said that hosting the event in the summer of 2021 remains difficult till the time an “effective vaccine’ is developed.

“Unless an effective vaccine is developed I think it will be difficult to hold the Olympics next year,” JMA President Yoshitake Yokokura told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday. “I’m not saying at this point that they shouldn’t be held. The outbreak is not only confined to Japan … it’s a worldwide issue.” (IANS)