|Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum|
|Awarded by the Emperor of Japan|
|Awarded for||Exceptionally meritorious achievement/service|
|Sovereign||HM The Emperor|
|Next (lower)||Order of the Paulownia Flowers|
Ribbon of the Order
The Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum (大勲位菊花章, Dai-kun'i kikka-shō) is Japan's highest order. The Grand Cordon of the Order was established in 1876 by Emperor Meiji of Japan; the Collar of the Order was added on 4 January 1888. Unlike its European counterparts, the order may be conferred posthumously.
Apart from the Imperial Family, only six Japanese citizens have ever been decorated with the collar in their lifetimes; the last such award was to former Prime Minister Saionji Kinmochi in 1928. Eight others have been posthumously decorated with the collar; the last such award was to former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone in 2019, as of the end of 2020. Today, only the reigning Emperor holds this dignity as sovereign of the order; however, exceptions are made for foreign heads of state, who can be awarded the collar in friendship.
The grand cordon is the highest possible honour a Japanese citizen can be awarded during his or her lifetime. Aside from members of the Imperial Family, 44 Japanese citizens have been decorated with the grand cordon; of these, only 23 were living at the time of receipt.
The collar of the order is made of gold, and features the kanji for "Meiji", in classic form, indicating the era of the order's establishment. It is decorated with gold chrysanthemum blossoms and green-enamelled leaves.
The sash of the grand cordon of the order is red with dark blue border stripes. It is worn on the right shoulder.
The star of the order is similar to the badge, but in silver, without the chrysanthemum suspension, and with an eight-pointed gilt medallion (with white-enamelled rays and red-enamelled sun disc) placed at the centre. It is worn on the left chest.
The badge of the order is a four-pointed gilt badge with white-enamelled rays; the centre bears a red enamelled sun disc. On each of the four corners of the badge is a yellow-enamelled chrysanthemum blossom with green-enamelled chrysanthemum leaves. The badge is suspended on a yellow-enamelled chrysanthemum, either on the collar or on the grand cordon.
|Name / Image||Enactment date||Purpose of the award|
Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum
|January 4, 1888||It is said to be "a special gift for those decorated with the Supreme Order."[a]|
Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum
|December 27, 1876||"Specially awarded... to those who have excellent merit, above the merit for which the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun or the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasures would be awarded".|
Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum
|December 27, 1876||It has never been awarded on its own, instead it has been treated as the star of the Grand Cordon and of the Collar;
officially incorporated as the star of both grades in the 2003 institutional reform.
- Emperor Meiji (Sovereign from 27 December 1876)
- Emperor Taishō (Grand Cordon 3 November 1889; Collar 10 May 1900; Sovereign from 30 July 1912)
- Emperor Shōwa (Grand Cordon 9 September 1912; Collar as Regent 24 September 1921; Sovereign from 25 December 1926)
- Emperor Akihito (Grand Cordon 10 November 1952; Sovereign from 7 January 1989 to 30 April 2019)
- Emperor Naruhito (Grand Cordon 23 February 1980; Sovereign since 1 May 2019)
Awards of the Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum to members of the Imperial Family and royalty
Awards made to imperial princes while living
- Prince Komatsu Akihito (5 August 1895)
- Prince Fushimi Sadanaru (19 January 1916)
- Prince Kan'in Kotohito (24 September 1921)
- Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu (29 April 1934)
- Prince Nashimoto Morimasa (29 April 1940)
Posthumous awards to imperial princes
- Prince Arisugawa Taruhito (16 January 1895)
- Prince Kitashirakawa Yoshihisa (1 November 1895)
- Prince Arisugawa Takehito (7 July 1913)
- Prince Higashifushimi Yorihito (27 June 1922)
- Prince Kuniyoshi Kuni (27 January 1929)
Posthumous award to foreign royalty
- Gojong of the Korean Empire (21 January 1919)
Awards of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum to members of the Imperial Family and royalty
Awards made to imperial princes while living
- Prince Arisugawa Taruhito (2 November 1877)
- Prince Komatsu Akihito (7 December 1882)
- Prince Arisugawa Takahito (24 January 1886)
- Prince Kitashirakawa Yoshihisa (29 December 1886)
- Prince Arisugawa Takehito (29 December 1886)
- Prince Kuni Asahiko (29 December 1886)
- Prince Fushimi Sadanaru (29 December 1886)
- Prince Yamashina Akira (29 December 1886)
- Prince Kan'in Kotohito (18 August 1887)
- Prince Higashifushimi Yorihito (15 July 1889)
- Prince Kaya Kuninori (3 November 1903)
- Prince Kuni Kuniyoshi (3 November 1903)
- Prince Yamashina Kikumaro (3 November 1903)
- Prince Nashimoto Morimasa (3 November 1904)
- Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu (3 November 1905)
- Prince Arisugawa Tanehito (4 April 1908)
- Prince Takeda Tsunehisa (31 October 1913)
- Prince Asaka Yasuhiko (31 October 1917)
- Prince Kuni Taka (31 October 1917)
- Prince Kitashirakawa Naruhisa (31 October 1917)
- Prince Higashikuni Naruhiko (31 October 1917)
- Prince Chichibu (25 October 1922)
- Prince Kachō Hirotada (19 March 1924)
- Prince Takamatsu (1 February 1925)
- Prince Fushimi Hiroyoshi (3 November 1928)
- Prince Kaya Tsunenori (7 December 1930)
- Prince Kuni Asaakira (25 May 1932)
- Prince Kan'in Haruhito (3 November 1934)
- Prince Mikasa (1 October 1936)
- Prince Takeda Tsuneyoshi (3 November 1940)
- Prince Asaka Takahiko (7 November 1940)
- Prince Hitachi (28 November 1955)
- Prince Tomohito of Mikasa (5 January 1966)
- Prince Katsura (27 February 1968)
- Prince Takamado (29 December 1974)
- Crown Prince Naruhito (23 February 1980)
- Prince Akishino (30 November 1985)
Posthumous awards to imperial princes
- Prince Kitashirakawa Nagahisa (4 September 1940)
Awards to foreign royalty
- Prince Yi Un of Korea (27 April 1920)
- Prince Yi Kang of Korea (8 January 1924)
- Prince Yi Geon of Korea (3 November 1926)
- Prince Yi Wu of Korea (7 November 1943)
- Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah of Brunei (April 1984)
- King Birendra of Nepal (1975)
- Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal (12 April 2001)
Ordinary awards of the Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum
Awards made to living individuals
- Itō Hirobumi (1 April 1906)
- Ōyama Iwao (1 April 1906)
- Yamagata Aritomo (1 April 1906)
- Matsukata Masayoshi (14 July 1916)
- Tōgō Heihachirō (11 November 1926)
- Saionji Kinmochi (10 November 1928)
- Katsura Tarō (10 October 1913)
- Inoue Kaoru (1 September 1915)
- Tokudaiji Sanetsune (4 June 1919)
- Ōkuma Shigenobu (10 January 1922)
- Yamamoto Gonbee (9 December 1933)
- Shigeru Yoshida (20 October 1967)
- Eisaku Satō (3 June 1975)
- Yasuhiro Nakasone (29 November 2019)
Ordinary awards of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum
Awards made to living recipients
- Sanjō Sanetomi (11 April 1882)
- Iwakura Tomomi (1 November 1882)
- Shimazu Hisamitsu (5 November 1887)
- Nakayama Tadayasu (14 May 1888)
- Itō Hirobumi (5 August 1895)*
- Kujō Michitaka (10 May 1900)
- Ōyama Iwao (3 June 1902)*
- Saigō Tsugumichi (3 June 1902)
- Yamagata Aritomo (3 June 1902)*
- Inoue Kaoru (1 April 1906)⁑
- Katsura Tarō (1 April 1906)⁑
- Tōgō Heihachirō (1 April 1906)*
- Tokudaiji Sanetsune (1 April 1906)⁑
- Matsukata Masayoshi (1 April 1906)*
- Nozu Michitsura (6 October 1908)
- Itō Sukeyuki (10 November 1913)
- Ōkuma Shigenobu (14 July 1916)⁑
- Saionji Kinmochi (21 December 1918)*
- Oku Yasukata (10 November 1928)
- Yamamoto Gonbee (10 November 1928)⁑
- Shigeru Yoshida (29 April 1964)⁑
- Eisaku Satō (3 November 1972)⁑
- Yasuhiro Nakasone (29 April 1997)⁑
- * : Later awarded the Collar
- ⁑ : Posthumously awarded the Collar
- Kuroda Kiyotaka (25 August 1900)
- Terauchi Masatake (3 November 1919)
- Hara Takashi (4 November 1921)
- Kabayama Sukenori (8 February 1922)
- Katō Tomosaburō (24 August 1923)
- Hasegawa Yoshimichi (28 January 1924)
- Katō Takaaki (28 January 1926)
- Lee Wan-Yong (12 February 1926)
- Kawamura Kageaki (28 April 1926)
- Inoue Yoshika (22 March 1929)
- Uehara Yūsaku (8 November 1933)
- Saitō Makoto (26 February 1936)
- Takahashi Korekiyo (26 February 1936)
- Tokugawa Iesato (5 June 1940)
- Kaneko Kentarō (16 May 1942)
- Kiyoura Keigo (5 November 1942)
- Isoroku Yamamoto (18 April 1943)
- Ichiki Kitokurō (17 December 1944)
- Ichirō Hatoyama (7 March 1959)
- Hayato Ikeda (13 August 1965)
- Kōtarō Tanaka (1 March 1974)
- Masayoshi Ōhira (12 June 1980)
- Nobusuke Kishi (7 August 1987)
- Takeo Miki (14 November 1988)
- Takeo Fukuda (5 July 1995)
- Keizō Obuchi (14 May 2000)
- Noboru Takeshita (19 June 2000)
- Zenkō Suzuki (19 July 2004)
- Ryūtarō Hashimoto (1 July 2006)
Foreign recipients of the Order of the Chrysanthemum
- Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, 2017
- Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, 2014
- Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, 1962
- Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark
- Harald V, King of Norway
- Carl XVI Gustav, King of Sweden
- Albert II, King of the Belgians, 1996
- Philippe, King of the Belgians, 2016
- Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, 2010
- Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, 2005[b]
- Abdullah II, King of Jordan, 1999
- Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, King of Malaysia, 2005
- Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei, 1984
- Jigme Singye Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, 1987
- Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, 1980
- Felipe VI, King of Spain, 2017
- Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, 2012
- Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, 2017
- Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, 1962
- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince consort of the United Kingdom
- Charles, Prince of Wales
- Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
- Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
- Prince Joachim of Denmark
- Vajiralongkorn, King of Thailand
- Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands
- Philippe, King of the Belgians
- François Hollande, President of France
- Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia
- Valdas Adamkus, President of Lithuania
- Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of Poland
- Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, President of Latvia
- Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Philippines
- Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan
- Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines
- Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina
- Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India (1841–1910)
- George V, King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India (1865–1936)
- Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany (1859–1941)
- Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria-Hungary (1830–1916)
- Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1869–1947)
- Leopold II, King of Belgium (1835–1909)
- Emperor Kojong of Korea (1852–1919)
- Emperor Sunjong of Korea (1874–1926)
- Tuanku Syed Putra, King of Malaysia (1920–2000)
- Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (1892–1974)
- Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, King of Malaysia (1906–1979)
- Sultan Abdul Halim, King of Malaysia (1970–2017)
- Alfonso XIII, King of Spain (1886–1941)
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States (1890–1969)
- Ernesto Geisel, President of Brazil (1907–1996)
- Sultan Azlan Shah, Yang di-Pertuan Agong (king) of Malaysia (1928–2014)
- Birendra, King of Nepal (1945–2001)
- Mahendra, King of Nepal (1920–1972)
- George Tupou V, King of Tonga (1948–2012)
- Suharto, President of Indonesia (1921–2008)
- Muhammad Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan (1914–2007)[c]
- Fuad I, King of Egypt and the Sudan (1868–1936)
- Faruk I, King of Egypt and the Sudan (1920–1965)
- Hussein I, King of Jordan (1935–1999)
- Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia (1922-2012) 1968[d]
- Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (1926–2006)
- Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah (Emperor) of Iran (1919–1980)
- Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, 1887 (1842–1912)
- Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand (1946–2016)
- Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, 1984 (1932–2016)
Grand Cordon (deceased)
- Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1842–1918)[e]
- Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Crown Prince of the Austro Hungarian Empire (1863-1914)
- Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria (1821-1912)
- Prince Arthur of Connaught (1883–1938)
- Guangxu Emperor of Qing dynasty China (1871–1908)
- Aishwarya, Queen consort of Nepal (1949–2001)
- Dipendra, Crown Prince of Nepal (1971–2001)
- Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1900–1974)
- Sadi Carnot, President of France (1837–1894)
- Benito Mussolini, Prime Minister of Italy (1883–1945)
- Porfirio Díaz, President of Mexico (1830–1915)
- Álvaro Obregón, President of Mexico (1880–1928)
- Prajadhipok, King of Siam (1893–1941)
- Puyi, Emperor of Manchukuo (1906–1967)
- Ronald Reagan, President of the United States (1911–2004)
- Samuel Robinson (1870–1958)
- Juscelino Kubitschek, President of Brazil (1902–1976)
- Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines (1917–1989) Honor awarded 1966 --]
- Amha Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (1916–1997)
- Prince Imperial Makonnen of Ethiopia (1923–1957)
- Prince Imperial Sahle Selassie of Ethiopia (1931–1962)
- Norodom Suramarit, King of Cambodia (1896–1960)
- Josip Broz Tito, President of Yugoslavia (1892–1980)
- Prince Imperial Uihwa of Korea (1877–1955)
- Crown Prince Vong Savang of Laos (1931–1978?)
- Crown Prince Euimin of Korea (1897–1970)
- Todor Zhivkov of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (1911–1998)
- David Kalākaua, King of Hawaii (1836-1891)
- Chulalongkorn, King of Siam (1853-1910)
- Qaboos, Sultan of Oman (1940–2020)
- すなわち、大勲位菊花大綬章受章者であることが授与の条件である。(In other words, being a recipient of the Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum is a prerequisite to be awarded.)
- Promoted from Grand Cordon in 1987.
- Decoration probably conferred during 1969 State Visit to Japan -- no specific citation support.
- Promoted from Grand Cordon awarded in 1955.
- Awarded October 1887.
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