Order of the Rising Sun

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Order of the Rising Sun, c. 1902

The Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章, Kyokujitsu-shō) is a Japanese government honor established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji. The Order was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese Government,[1] It was created on April 10, 1875 by decree of the Council of State.[2]

The modern version of this honor has been given to non-Japanese recipients beginning in 1981.[3]

The awarding of the Order is administered by the Decoration Bureau of Office of the Prime Minister. It is awarded in the name of the Emperor.

Classes[change | change source]

The Order was awarded in nine classes until 2003. Since then, it has been awarded in seven classes.

Selected recipients[change | change source]

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ribbon bar 1st Class, Order of the Rising Sun with Paulownia Flowers, Grand Cordon[change | change source]

ribbon bar 1st Class, Grand Cordon[change | change source]

ribbon bar 2nd Class, Gold and Silver Star[change | change source]

ribbon bar 3rd Class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon[change | change source]

ribbon bar 4th Class, Gold Rays with Rosette[change | change source]