Rumsfeld, Berger, Aaron receive Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 4, 2015
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former White House national security adviser Sandy Berger and baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron were among 89 foreigners from 38 nations and nearly 4,000 Japanese nationals who were honored recently by the Japanese government.
Rumsfeld, 83, and Berger, 70, were awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, and Aaron, 81, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, during a ceremony Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were in attendance.
The Order of the Rising Sun — the third-highest honor bestowed by the Japanese government — is given to those who have made distinguished achievement in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field or development in welfare or preservation of the environment.
Former Japanese Supreme Court Chief Justice Hironobu Takesaki, 71, was given the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, the ceremony’s highest decoration. Other notable Japanese citizens honored include professional golfer Isao Aoki, 73; actor Kinya Kitaoji, 72; and Yoshiyuki Sakaki, 73, a molecular biologist known for his human genome research.
Rumsfeld served as defense secretary in 1975-77 under President Gerald Ford and in 2001-06 under President George W. Bush. Berger served as national security adviser in 1997-2001 under President Bill Clinton. Aaron, whose career spanned 23 seasons with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers, held the Major League career home-run record for 33 years after breaking Babe Ruth’s mark of 714 in 1974.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld speaks Nov. 15, 2003, at the Japanese Defense Agency in Tokyo. Rumsfeld, who served as defense secretary from 1975-77 under President Gerald Ford and from 2001-06 under President George W. Bush, will receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
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