Former U.S. defense secretaries Chuck Hagel and Ashton Carter, and former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will be among the 142 foreigners recognized in this year’s spring awards for making notable contributions to relations between Japan and their countries, the government said Tuesday.
The list of recipients for the annual decorations was announced a month later than usual to allow for Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the throne early this month.
The 142 foreign recipients come from 61 countries and regions.
Hagel, 72, and Carter, 64, who served in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, and Hailemariam, 53, will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
Of 4,225 Japanese recipients of decorations, 401 are women and 1,984 are from the private sector, both the highest numbers since the honors system was reformed in 2003.
Itsuro Terada, 71, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, will be bestowed with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers which is the highest decoration to be given at the ceremony.
Jazz trumpeter Terumasa Hino, 76, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.
Former financial services minister Shizuka Kamei, 82, and the chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Yohei Sasakawa, 80, are among those who will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
The award ceremony will be held at the Imperial Palace on Thursday, with the emperor and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in attendance.
[Following is a list of American recipients of the spring decorations. It is compiled by JMH based on the list published on page 23 of the Asahi Shimbun morning edition on May 21, 2019.]
The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun
- Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, 55, Former Commander, Pacific Air Forces
- Ashton B. Carter, 64, Former Secretary of Defense of the United States
- William Lacy Swing, 84, Former Director General, International Organization for Migration
- Chuck Hagle, 72, Former Secretary of Defense of the United States
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star
- John Paul Holdron, 75, Former Advisor to the President of the United States
- Michael H. Moskow, 81, Former Deputy United States Trade Representative
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon
- John Kim, 53, Former MDAO Chief, U.S. Embassy Tokyo
- Thomas R. Crowell, 54, Former Director for Intelligence, U.S. Forces Japan
- Henry H. Takei, 80, Former Professor, School of Dentistry, University of California, Los Angeles
- Craig Quantrell Timberlake, 60, Former Commanding General, 3rd Marine Division
- Robert Nathan Huey, 67, Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Hawai’I at Manoa
- Donna D. Fraiche, 67, Honorary Consul of Japan in New Orleans
- Kenneth E. Moss, 48, Former Commander, 374th Airlift Wing, United States Air Force
- Glenn David Lowry, 64, Director, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
- Jonathan Christopher Goff, 53, Former USMC Liaison Officer, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette
- Hans Bjarne Thomsen, 61, Chair, East Asian Art History, University of Zurich
- William W. Hunt, 56, Chairman, Japan Society of Boston
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays
- Charles Shunsuke Ozaki, 69, City and County Manager of Broomfield
- Keiko Matsudo Orrall, 51, Former Representative, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Burton E. Bard, Jr., 85, Former Washington Coordinator for Sister Cities International
The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Rays
- William G. Christensen, 64, Senior Advisor, Consulate General of Japan in Chicago
The Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays
- John Thomas Gregersen, 69, Former Cultural Director, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Silver Rays
- Anita J. Savio, 63, Former Local Employee, Consulate General of Japan in Detroit