Imperial Family of Japan

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan Presides Over a Medal Ceremony. (VIDEOS)

On May 9, 2013, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan presented the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to “…40 foreign nationals…”

According to the Japan Daily Press the recipients were awarded this high honor for their, “…distinguished achievements in international relations, promoting Japanese culture in an international setting, advancement in their specific fields, excellence in social work or environmental work.”