Former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh on 3 November 2014 received the Japan’s top national award The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers 2014.
He was awarded for his contribution to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship between Japan and India for about 35 years. Manmohan Singh became the first Indian to receive this rare honour.
He is among other 57 foreign recipients who are also named for the Order of the Paulownia Flowers 2014.
About the award The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers
• In 1888, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers was established as the highest award under the Orders of the Rising Sun. The award is presented by the Japanese Government.
• The medal features rays of sunlight radiating from the rising sun wreathed by Paulownia flowers. It is worn on the left chest.
• It is a high level National Order and a rare honour awarded to those who are recognised for their distinguished contribution.
Who: Manmohan Singh
When: 3 November 2014
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