Former Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran (72-year-old) has been selected for Japan’s 2nd Highest National Award called as 'The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’.
Shyam Saran will be conferred for his contributions in strengthening strategic ties and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Japan.
Shyam Saran served as India’s Foreign Secretary from the year 2004 to 2006 during which he played an important role in elevating India-Japan relationship to a strategic partnership.
During, Shyam Saran tenure Junichiro Koizumi, (then Japanese Prime Minister) visited India for the first time in 5 years.
During, his tenure as Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of India in Japan, he contributed to strengthening mutual understanding between India and Japan. His contributions include “India Festival“, that was held in Japan in 1988.
Since 2017 Shyam Saran has worked towards enhancing mutual understanding between two countries, by hosting events like an “India-Japan Colloquium“.
It is the Japanese government’s Second Highest National Honour. It was established by Japanese Emperor Meiji in 1875.
It is awarded for an exceptional civil or military merit.