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Japan to confer top honour on Manmohan Singh

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New Delhi, Nov 3:

The Japanese government Monday announced that former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh will be conferred the Imperial Decoration for his “significant contribution” towards boosting bilateral ties.

Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh is among the 57 foreign recipients who would be honoured with the 2014 Autumn Imperial Decorations.

The former Indian prime minister, who was at the helm of the country for a decade till the 2014 elections, is the first Indian to be conferred the “Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers”, the Japanese embassy said here in a statement.

It said Manmohan Singh will be conferred the honour “in recognition of his significant contributions to the enhancement of relations and the promotion of friendship between Japan and India for about 35 years”.

“The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers is a high level National Order rarely awarded to those who are recognised for their distinguished contributions. Manmohan Singh is the first Indian recipient of this Order,” it said.

(IANS)