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Three Vietnamese citizens among 117 foreigners to be decorated by Japan

07:59 | 01/05/2020

Three Vietnamese will be among 117 foreigners recognized by the Japanese government in this year's spring decorations for their notable contributions to relations with Japan, the country's government said on April 29.

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The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. Source: Japan's Cabinet Office

Accordingly, Ha Hung Cuong, 66, Former Minister of Justice of Vietnam, will be bestowed with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, for his contributions in strengthening the legal and judicial cooperation between Vietnam and Japan.

Professor, Doctor Duong Phu Hiep, 81, Former Director of Japan Research Center (now Institute for Northeast Asian Studies) under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for his long-time dedication to promoting exchange, academic exchanges and deepening mutual understanding between Vietnam and Japan.

Meanwhile, Doctor Tran Son, 82, Former Dean of Japanese Faculty, Foreign Trade University will be given the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contributions in teaching the Japanese language in Vietnam and contributing to strengthening and tightening relations between two countries.

The 117 foreign recipients come from 57 countries and regions and include 23 women.

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates will be bestowed with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, the highest honor to be given in this spring's commendations.

Of the 4,181 Japanese to be decorated, 412 are women, the highest number since the honors system was reformed in 2003. A total of 1,944 are from the private sector.

Tsuboi Yoshiharu, Vietnamese specialist and Professor at Waseda University will be awarded The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon at the 2020 Spring Awards Ceremony, for his devotion on academic exchange between Vietnam and Japan.

The Orders of the Rising Sun, established in 1875, was Japan's first award. It features rays of sunlight radiating from the rising sun. The attachments are shaped into paulownia flowers and leaves.

The award ceremony, which was to be held in May at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, has been postponed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to Kyodo News./.

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