Four Indians will be conferred with the Spring Imperial Decorations of Japan which were announced on 29 April 2015.
These Indians are among the 85 foreign recipients who will receive the award at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on 8 May 2015. The awards will be conferred by Emperor of Japan Akihito.
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star
(i)Thottuvelil Krishna Pillai Aiyappankutty Nair (75): He is a former Advisor and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh.
He was awarded for the contribution to the enhancement of relations and the promotion of friendship between Japan and India.
(ii)Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao (80): He is the Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research, Bangalore and a former Chair of the Japan-India Science Council. He was awarded with the highest civilian award of India Bharat Ratna in 2014.
He was awarded for contribution to promoting academic interchange and mutual understanding in science and technology between Japan and India.
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays
(iii)Nikunj Parekh (74): He is the President of Indo-Japanese Association, Mumbai and Director of Bonsai Study Group of Indo-Japanese Association, Mumbai.
He was awarded for contribution to promoting and presenting Japanese Culture in India
The Orders of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Rays
(iv)Topgay Bhutia (64): Former local employee of the Embassy of Japan in India was awarded for his contribution to the activities of the Japanese overseas establishment.
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When: 29 April 2015