Dr Thangjam Dhabali Singh is among the 117 foreign nationals to conferred with 2020 Spring Imperial Decorations

Imphal: Thangjam Dhabali Singh, a doctor and founder of Manipur Tourism Forum (MTF), has been conferred with the ‘Order of Rising Sun’ by the Japan government for promoting Japanese culture and in recognition of his contribution to strengthening relations between Japan and India.

The Order of the Rising Sun is a Japanese government honour which was established by Emperor Meiji in 1875, the first national decoration of Japan. The honour is conferred to individuals, both Japanese and foreign, in recognition for their achievements in international relations, promoting of Japanese culture, environmental preservation, welfare or achievements in their fields.

The government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2020 Spring Imperial Decorations for their outstanding contributions in building friendly relations with Japan on Wednesday.

Singh is among the three Indians and 114 nationals from 57 countries and regions to have been conferred with the award, reports said.

As per reports, Singh played an important role in organising the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal of the Second World War where many delegates, including Japanese officials attended the historic event.

“With support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Nippon Foundation of Japan, the Imphal Peace Foundation was launched on June 22 last year. The MTF played an important role in giving shape to it during Th Dhabali Singh’s tenure as president of the forum,” a released said.

The award ceremony which was earlier scheduled to be held in May at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo has been postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. New dates and arrangement of the conferment ceremony will be made in due course, the release said.

Last year, Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu and British envoy Dominic Asquith were among the foreign delegates who attended the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal and paid floral tributes to the fallen heroes at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Imphal.

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