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Manmohan Singh receives Japan’s top national award

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Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was conferred with Japan’s top national award ‘The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers’ for his “significant contribution to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship” between Japan and India. He is the first Indian to receive the rare honor.

The 82-year-old former Prime Minister was presented the award by Japanese Emperor Akihito at a ceremony held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Mr Singh was served as the Prime Minister for 10 years from 2004. He is among 57 foreign recipients named for the 2014 Autumn Imperial Decorations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders have congratulated Manmohan Singh for receiving top Japan award.