2020 Spring Conferment of Decorations on Foreign Nationals (UK)


Sir Jeremy Farrar

The Government of Japan has decided to confer The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon on Sir Jeremy Farrar in recognition of his significant contribution to enhancing cooperation with Japan in the area of global health and to advancing Japan's global health policy.

Firstly, Sir Jeremy has played an important role in the development of Japan’s Global Health Innovative Technology Fund, known as GHIT. GHIT is an international public-private partnership fund that was founded by the Japanese government in 2013. It supports R&D for drugs in developing countries, and plays an important role in Japan’s contribution to the field of global health. Under Sir Jeremy’s leadership, the Wellcome Trust first supported GHIT in 2015, and by the beginning of 2017 had invested 550million yen towards GHIT’s activities. Since then, the Wellcome Trust has joined GHIT’s selection committee and has also been an observer at board meetings, thus contributing not only funds but also his knowledge in the field of global health to assist operations at GHIT. In 2017, the Wellcome Trust renewed its commitment to GHIT and has continued to contribute to its activities for five years starting from 2018. In August 2018, Sir Jeremy himself became a member of the GHIT Fund Council, further expanding his contribution to GHIT’s work.

Sir Jeremy has also been an integral figure for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, known as CEPI. CEPI is a public-private partnership that was launched in January 2017 in order to promote the development of vaccines to stop epidemics through international cooperation. Based on its Basic Guidelines for Strengthening Measures on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Japan aims to further strengthen such international cooperation on controlling infectious diseases. Japan, along with Norway, Germany, the Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, therefore joined forces with CEPI when it was first launched, and has contributed funding ever since then. Under Sir Jeremy’s leadership, the Wellcome Trust has been committed to the actual operations of CEPI, co-founding the organisation together with Norway, India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and also providing a home to CEPI’s London Office at the Wellcome Trust’s Headquarters. This establishment of CEPI has significantly helped Japan to increase its international contribution in this important field.*

Finally, Sir Jeremy also made a significant contribution to the 3rd Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize. This Prize is an award given to people in light of their distinguished achievements in the fields of medical research and activities, as part of efforts to promote public health and the control of infectious diseases in Africa. It is one of Japan’s means of support and diplomacy in Africa, and the prize is awarded at the Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD). Sir Jeremy was invited to become a member of the Prize Committee for the 3rd Noguchi Prize by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and was involved in the selection and recommendations for this prize. His efforts have contributed to helping Japan carry out this award on an international stage.

*Note: CEPI is currently coordinating with global health authorities and partners to rapidly develop vaccine candidates against COVID-19. Japan has pledged 10.6 billion yen for this effort and supports this initiative. https://cepi.net/covid-19/

Mr Timothy Thorburn Clark

The Government of Japan has decided to confer The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette on Mr Timothy Clark for his outstanding contribution to introducing Japanese culture and promoting the understanding of Japan in the United Kingdom.
Mr Clark joined the British Museum in 1987, a time at which the museum underwent a reorganisation that saw the creation of the Japanese department, and since then he has been responsible for the maintenance, management, and research of the Japanese collection, alongside making acquisitions and expanding the collection throughout his career.
As Head of Japanese Section and curator at one of the world’s most highly regarded museums, he carried out numerous Japan-related projects such as special exhibitions and lectures relating to Japan, all of which contributed to the greater understanding of Japanese culture and art in both Europe and the UK itself and amongst people from around the world. Of particular note is the special exhibition Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave which was held between May and August 2017, for which Mr Clark was the lead curator, and which turned out to be a historical success for an exhibition held in The Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery, breaking visitor number records.
Furthermore Mr Clark oversaw two large-scale refurbishments of the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries, a section of the museum dedicated to the permanent display of the collection of Japanese art and artefacts, alongside holding temporary exhibitions. The collection is free and open to the public, and serves as an access point for people from all over the world, attracting about 750,000 visitors annually.
Through his involvement as the lead curator in major exhibitions of Japanese art including Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage in 2005, Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art in 2013, and Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave in 2017, Mr Clark has worked closely with other museums and research institutions and in so doing has helped establish and develop the networks between museums with collections of Japanese art and researchers around the world.
Furthermore, he has authored numerous publications on Edo period and Meiji art, especially Ukio-e woodblock prints, and his research activities have been adopted by major art museums both in the UK and overseas, further contributing to the understanding of Japanese culture.
Mr Clark was also the DPhil supervisor for Princess Akiko of Mikasa who he constantly supported through her studies for five years.

Embassy of Japan in the UK