The Government of Japan announced on 4 November that it would bestow honours on 135 non-Japanese in a ceremony at the Imperial Palace on 6 November. Three UK citizens were recognised for their accomplishments.
Sir David Warren KCMG, Ambassador to Japan between 2008 and 2012, received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun for his work to strengthen bilateral relations and promote friendship between Japan and the UK. Professor Baron Peter Piot KCMG, a microbiologist known for his research into Ebola and AIDS, also received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. He has been acknowledged for promoting Japan’s global health efforts. And the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star was conferred on geneticist Sir Paul Nurse for promoting research exchange as well as science and technology cooperation between the two countries.