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Call for a New Order

BY HANAE KO

Japan's highest civilian award for cultural achievement, the Order of Culture, has been bestowed on architects and even foreign astronauts, so why not contemporary artists?

US astronaut Neil Armstrong with Japanese prime minister Bisaku Sato and his grandson, following the ceremony in which crew members of the Apollo 11 mission were awarded Japan’s Order of Culture, at the prime minister’s residence in Tokyo, 1969. Photo by NASA.     

The Order of Culture is an annual award given to individuals for their contribution to the arts,

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