10 Nov, Kuala Lumpur – INCEIF congratulates our Chancellor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz on the honour bestowed upon her by the Japanese government, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, at an award ceremony held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on 7 Nov.
The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented the award and certificate to Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar who was then received by Emperor Akihito. The award is for contributing and strengthening bilateral ties between Malaysia and Japan.
The Orders of the Rising Sun, established in 1875, was Japan’s first award. It features rays of sunlight radiating from the rising sun. The attachments are shaped into paulownia flowers and leaves.
Two types of decorations are awarded to foreigners: ceremonial decorations presented to state guests upon arrival, or to diplomats leaving office, and decorations conferred on foreigners who have made notable contributions to enhance bilateral relations. The latter is conferred concurrently with the Biannual Decoration Ceremonies, which takes place on April 29 for the spring and on November 3 for the autumn.