Japan awards Ex-PM Shinzo Abe country's highest order posthumously

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The Japanese government has decided to posthumously honour former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with the 'Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum'.

Important facts

  • Shinzo Abe was the longest-serving prime minister of Japan.

  • He is the fourth former prime minister to receive the Supreme Order of Japan under the post-war constitution.

  • Shinzo Abe was assassinated on July 8, 2022, while he was campaigning in the city of Nara.

  • Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, fired two shots at her from a distance of 10 metres.

  • His condition deteriorated on the way to the hospital due to cardiac and pulmonary arrest. He was later declared dead at Nara Medical University Hospital.

Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum

  • It is the highest order in Japan.

  • The Grand Cordon of the Order was established in 1876 by Emperor Meiji of Japan.

  • Later, on January 4, 1888, the Collar of the Order was added.

  • Unlike European orders, this order can also be awarded posthumously.

  • So far, apart from the Imperial family, only 7 Japanese citizens have been given this order.

  • In 1928 the final order was given to former Prime Minister Sayenji Kinmochi.

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