On 29 April 2013, the Government of Japan announced the 2013 Spring Conferment of Decorations on Foreign Nationals. The Decorations are conferred on those individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions towards friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and their own countries. From Great Britain, Professor Richard John Bowring of the University of Cambridge will be conferred.
Professor Richard John Bowring
Decoration: The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Nick Ribbon
Service: Contributed to the development of Japanese studies, Japanese language education and the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the UK
Major title: Cambridge Emeritus Professor of Japanese Studies, Master of Selwyn College, Former Head of Department, East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge