On July 11, the Japanese government announced that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had received the award. Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum. Mr Abe was shot and killed on July 8 while campaigning for candidates running for the Diet’s Upper House.
Awarded primarily to members of the royal family of Japan and royalty or foreign heads of state, the Order of the Chrysanthemum (大勲位菊花章 | Dai-kun-i Kikka-shō Kubikazari) is the order of awards the highest and most exclusive in Japan.
In 1876, the Grand Cordon des Ordres Suprêmes du Chrysanthemum was created by Emperor Meiji, and in 1888, the Collar of the Supreme Orders of the Chrysanthemum was created. It has only one class and is exclusively reserved for men.
On July 11, the Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno explained, “This is in recognition of his many years of career and achievements, including his efforts in diplomacy, economics and security policy, with particular emphasis on Japan-US relations. Abe also received the Junior First Rank of the Tribunal.
Several politicians, including current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, attended a wake for Mr Abe later on July 11 at Zojoji Temple in Tokyo.
It was reported by the Imperial Household Agency that Their Majesties, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako sent flowers and gifts to Zojoji Temple, and around 4:30 p.m., their chamberlain burned incense in their name.
The ceremony was also attended by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, visiting Japan, and US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emmanuel.
Prime Minister Abe’s funeral will be held at the Tokyo Temple on Tuesday, July 12. According to several US news sources, former US President Donald Trump has expressed a desire to attend.
Author: Shaun Fernando