Former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar was conferred with the Japan’s imperial decoration ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ award for his contribution to fostering Japan-India ties.
Kumar had served as Special Envoy of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan during the visit of the Emperor and Empress of Japan to India in December 2013, and contributed to the success of the visit.
About Ashwani Kumar
Ashwani Kumar is politician and attorney who formerly had served as Member of Rajya Sabha. He formerly had served as Union Minister of Law and Justice and Minister of State (MoS) in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
He was Accompanying Minister to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he visited India in 2007. He was Chairman of the FICCI India-Japan Forum of Parliamentarians established during the visit of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to India in 2005.
Kumar also has contributed in promoting of Japan-India relations in the field of Science and Technology, as Council member of the STS Forum.
The Order of the Rising Sun
It is the highest category of decoration of Japan. It was established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji. It is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in the following fields: international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, development in welfare, advancements in their field or preservation of the environment. Ratan Tata was also conferred the decoration in the past.