Eminent scientist and recipient of a Bharat Ratna, CNR Rao has been conferred with the ‘Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’ Japan’s highest civilian award, for promoting academic interchange and mutual understanding in science and technology between the two countries.
Mr Rao also received a certificate from the Japanese Ambassador to India, Takeshi Yagi, in the presence of senior officials of the Department of Science and Technology, that Rao has helped shape over the years.
Rao responded to the honour saying he believes the future of India and Japan are connected and each has to realise that the other is a friend, as the future of Asia depends on these two countries working together.
Rao is the only Indian to be elected as a foreign member of the Japan Academy.
The award is conferred on academicians, politicians and military officers.