Ceremony for the winners of the cultural order

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Tokyo, November 3 (Jiji Press) – Japan hosted the awards ceremony for this year’s Cultural Order winners at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Six of the nine winners were present at the ceremony on Culture Day and received the medals from Emperor Naruhito. The participants were Shigeo Nagashima, 85, former manager of the professional baseball team Yomiuri Giants, the kabuki actor Onoe Kikugoro VII, 79, whose real name is Hideyuki Terajima, the poet Hirohiko Okano, 97, the cultural anthropologist Junzo Kawada, 87, the painter Koji Kinutani, 78, and mathematician Shigefumi Mori, 70.

The Japanese-born US scientist Syukuro Manabe, 90, who was named this year’s Nobel Laureate in Physics, and the molecular biologist Tsuneko Okazaki, 88, were absent. Manabe is a senior meteorologist at Princeton University in the United States.

The remaining awardee is Asami Maki, who long led the world of ballet in Japan and died on October 20 at the age of 87. Maki, whose real name was Asami Fukuda, had informally agreed to receive the award before her death.

“I am very pleased that you have all made remarkable achievements and a great contribution to the cultural development of our country after many years of commitment,” said Emperor Naruhito to the award winners. The emperor then spoke to each of those present.

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