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Roger Pulvers awarded the Order of the Rising Sun

Order of the Rising Sun (badge and sash). Image: Wikipedia
Earlier this month Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the names of individuals that it would award its prestigious Order of the Rising Sun to. Amongst the names was the Red Circle author Roger Pulvers. 

Roger Pulvers with Koji Tsuruoka the Japanese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, who is holding a copy of Pulvers’ novel Star Sand published in 2015. Pulvers’ latest work Tokyo Performance was published as a Red Circle Mini in November.
The award known as Kyokujitsu-sho (旭日章 ) in Japanese was first awarded in 1875 by Emperor Meiji of Japan (1852-1912).

The Order of the Rising Sun was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese government and officially created on 10 April 1875. 

The medal features expanding rays of sunlight and its design symbolises both the powerful energy of the rising sun and Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun. 

The Order is awarded to individuals who have made important contributions in international relations, the promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field of expertise, as well as to individuals who have made major contributions to social welfare or preservation of the environment. 

Pulvers, who has dedicated most of his adult life to Japan-related cultural activities, was awarded the class Gold Ray with Neck Ribbon. He will receive his award at a special ceremony on the 23 January.
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    • Roger Pulvers
      About Roger Pulvers:
      Roger Pulvers is an author, playwright, theatre director, and translator. He has published more than 50 books in Japanese and English, including novels, essays, plays, and poetry. Helping make Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, and befriending David Bowie brought him back to Japan and inspired him to become the award-winning and prolific author, playwright, film director he is today. His recent novel, Hoshizuna Monogatari (Star Sand), which he wrote in Japanese, was published by Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher, in 2015 and subsequently in English and French in 2016 and 2017 respectively. It was released as a film, directed by him, in 2017.