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Order of Rising Sun - Vintage 2003 - Part II


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Colorado State Professor Emeritus Anthony Tu was awarded with 3rd class of rising sun order in 2009. He’s expertise about a deadly nerve gas helped the Japanese identify and catch suspects in the sarin gas attacks in the 1990s. Japanese officials used Tu's assistance to analyze the sarin and its byproducts to identify the manufacturing facility where the religious sect Aum Shinrikyo produced 70 tons of the deadly nerve gas. Tu’s knowledge of chemicals produced from the degradation of sarin in soils was instrumental in linking Aum Shinrikyo definitively with the manufacture and use of sarin, evidence that helped convict the sect's leader, Shoko Asahara, who was later sentenced to be hanged. In 2002 he even wrote a book about his experience titled “Chemical Terrorism: Horrors in Tokyo Subway and Matsumoto City.”

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Russian film director Aleksandr Sokurov was awarded with 4th class of rising sun order in December 2011. The reason – his film "The Sun". “The Sun” was the third film in Sokurov's tetralogy. The first two films were about Adolf Hitler (“Moloch”) and Vladimir Lenin (“Telets” or “Tarus”) and the last one (which just came out) is “Faust”.

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“The Sun” is about the last days of Emperor Hirohito's (Issey Ogata) reign. Shot in 35 millimeter in the filmmaker's preferred brackish tones, “The Sun” traces Hirohito as he wanders about his compound engaged in meaningless rituals and surrounded by minders who are as much his guards as his servants… Very good movie.

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But even better film (from my subjective point of view) will be “Tarus”. Set in 1923 in the newly created USSR, state founder Lenin (Leonid Mozgovoy) is convalescing from a stroke at age 51 in his dacha. Surrounded by watchful guards, a live-in doctor, his wife, and his sister, this formerly titanic figure lives as a virtual prisoner after the deterioration of his health… This one simply a masterpiece...

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Next will be former commanding officer of U.S. Fleet Activities in Sasebo, Japan Navy Capt. Tilghman D. Payne awarded with 3rd class of rising sun order in 2008. The reason behind the awarding “his work in building relationships between United States and Japanese Forces”. received the award from Japan's Chief of Maritime Self-Defense Forces Adm. Keiji Akahoshi in Washington.

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And another sailor, but this time top brass sailor. Adm. Masahiko Sugimoto, Chief of staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, presents (January 11, 2012!) Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, with the Grand Cordon of the Order of Rising Sun. Grand Gordon was awarded by the government of Japan for his service as the U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander. At last we have photo of the document with Akihito signature!

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Now let’s turn our attention to academicals. Please welcome St. Petersburg University Professor M.N. Bogolubov.

Holder of 3rd class rising sun order (December 2, 2009).

“For achievements in Japanese language studies and teaching”

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