Medals of Honor (Japan)
Medals of Honor (褒章 hōshō) are medals awarded by the
If for some reason an individual were to receive a second medal of the same ribbon colour, then a second medal is not issued but rather a new bar is added to their current medal. The Medals of Honor are awarded twice each year, on April 29 (the birthday of the
First awarded in 1882. Awarded to individuals who have risked their own lives to save the lives of others.
First awarded in 1882. Originally awarded "to children, grandchildren, wives and servants for remarkable acts of
Changed social values after World War II had resulted in the conferment of this medal being suspended after 1950; since 1955 it has been replaced to some extent by the revived Medal with Yellow Ribbon (see below). However, in 2003 the Medal with Green Ribbon was revived as an award to morally remarkable individuals who have actively taken part in serving society.[
First awarded in 1887 (later abolished); revived in 1955. Awarded to individuals who, through their diligence and perseverance while engaging in their professional activities, became public role models.
First awarded in 1955. Awarded to individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments.
First awarded in 1882. Awarded to individuals who have made significant achievements in the areas of public welfare or
First awarded in 1919. Awarded to individuals who have made exceptionally generous financial contributions for the well-being of the public.