Handsome manuscript DS, in Japanese, one page, 23.25 x 16.5, November 3, 1975. Document by which Emperor Hirohito of Japan confers the Order of the Sacred Treasure upon Seiichiro Arai. Boldly signed at the top center by Hirohito. In fine condition. Established as the Order of the Meiji in 1888 by Hirohito's grandfather, the Order of the Sacred Treasure is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in a wide variety of civil or military services, ranging from research fields, to social work, to state and local government. These documents, by which the emperor himself honors a citizen, become a part of the recipient's family legacy and do not often leave Japan. A vibrant and highly sought-after piece.
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