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Order of the Rising Sun, 1st Class. Image from book of 1902
Order of the Rising Sun, c. 1902

The Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章 Kyokujitsu-shō) is a Japanese government honor established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji. The Order was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese Government, It was created on April 10, 1875 by decree of the Council of State.

The modern version of this honor has been given to non-Japanese recipients beginning in 1981.

The awarding of the Order is administered by the Decoration Bureau of Office of the Prime Minister. It is awarded in the name of the Emperor.


The Order was awarded in nine classes until 2003. Since then, it has been awarded in seven classes.

Selected recipients

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ribbon bar 1st Class, Order of the Rising Sun with Paulownia Flowers, Grand Cordon

ribbon bar 1st Class, Grand Cordon

ribbon bar 2nd Class, Gold and Silver Star

ribbon bar 3rd Class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon

ribbon bar 4th Class, Gold Rays with Rosette

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