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Order of the Rising Sun presentation, London

The Japanese government honoured Professor Janet Hunter of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for her contribution to Japanese studies and promoting Japan-UK understanding at a ceremony at the Japanese Ambassador to Britain’s residence in London on 17 June 2014. Ambassador Keiichi Hayashi presented the Order, before a toast and a drinks reception hosted by Toyota and Suntory.

Hunter, who is Saji Professor of Economic History at LSE’s Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD), told The PIE News that she is “deeply honoured” to receive the decoration. “It was very unexpected and I’m obviously deeply grateful,” she said. “To feel you have the approval of colleagues, but particularly people in the country you study, is very, very special.”