Former Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran (72) is selected for Japan’s Second Highest National Award -‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’.He will be conferred with this award in 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations for his contributions to strengthen strategic ties and improving mutual understanding between India and Japan.
Shyam Saran served as India’s Foreign Secretary from year 2004 to 2006.During this period he played an important role to elevate India-Japan relationship to a strategic partnership.
During his tenure the then Japenese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited India for the first time in 5 years.
During his tenure as Deputy Chief of Mission of Wmbassy of India his contribution in strengthening mutual understanding between India and Japan includes ‘India Festival’ which was held in 1988 in Japan.
Since 2017 he has been working towards enhancing mutual understanding between two countries by hosting events like ‘India-Japan Colloquim”
The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver award is the Japanese government’s Second Highest National Honor. It was established by Japanese Emperor Meiji in 1875.It is awarded for an exceptional civil or military merit.