Japanese Ambassador Hosts Conferment Ceremony of Decoration on Professor Manjushree Chauhan

The Ambassador of Japan to India, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, today hosted the Ceremony of the Conferment of ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette’ upon Professor Manjushree Chauhan, former Professor of the Centre for Japanese Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.  

In November 2018, Professor Chauhan was decorated by the Emperor of Japan, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to developing Japanese language education and promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and India.

Ambassador Hiramatsu, in his congratulatory remarks, mentioned that, according to statistics, in 1990 when Professor Chauhan started teaching at JNU, the number of Japanese language learners in India was only 623, but that the figure had grown to over 24000 in 2015. He expressed his heartfelt appreciation on the long-time and steady efforts made by Professor Chauhan and her fellow experts to develop Japanese language education in India.

Professor Chauhan, in her acceptance speech, modestly recalled her long journey to promote Japanese language education in India as well as the mutual understanding between India and Japan. She expressed her sincere gratitude to her family, former teachers and colleagues, among others, for extending their immense assistance during her teaching career.