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Former Minister Ashwani Kumar named for Japanese honour

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Japan has selected former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar for this year’s ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ award for his contribution to strengthening of bilateral ties between Japan and India.

  • Ashwani Kumar will be conferred Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Award which is the highest category of decorations among the Orders of the Rising Sun. It is bestowed upon foreign nationals in recognition of their outstanding achievements. Industrialist Ratan Tata has been one the Indian recipients of this award in the past.
  • The Presentation Ceremony will be held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 9, 2017.

Brief Biography of Ashwani Kumar:

Ashwani Kumar was born in Delhi in 1952.He completed graduation in Delhi and thereafter pursued law.

  • As legal counsel, he has argued important cases before Supreme Court of India and has represented major business houses in international arbitrations.
  • At the age of 3Former Minister Ashwani Kumar named for Japanese honour7, he was appointed as the Additional Solicitor General of India and became one of the youngest to be appointed to this post.
  • He has served as national spokesperson for Indian National Congress party. He has also served as Member of Rajya Sabha, representing Punjab
  • He was the Union Minister for Law and Justice in the previous UPA Government under Prime Minister Manmohan singh

Ashwani Kumar’s Contribution to Japan-India Bilateral Relations:

FICCI India-Japan Forum of Parliamentarians was established during the visit of former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to India in 2005.Ashwani Kumar was the chairman of this forum.

  • Aswani Kumar was the accompanying Minister to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit to India in 2007.
  • Kumar served as the Special Envoy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan on the occasion of the visit of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan to India in December, 2013, and played an instrumental role in success of the visit.
  • As a council member of Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum, Kumar has made significant contribution to promote Japan-India relations in the field of Science and Technology.


  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Currency: Japanese yen
  • Prime minister: Shinzō Abe