Recognizing the outstanding bravery of Anuj Raj Karki, a Nepali youth living in Japan, the Government of Japan conferred on him “the Medal with Red Ribbon” on January 13, 2015 and Prime Minister Abe bestowed on him a letter of appreciation on January 23, 2015.
According to a press release issued by Japanese Embassy, awards are bestowed upon individuals of merit, in recognition of their national or public service, and in honor of their distinguished accomplishments in various areas of society. In Japan, “the Medal with Red Ribbon” is awarded to individuals who have risked their own lives to save others.
A Japanese lady unexpectedly fell from the railway platform at a station in Tokyo in May 2014. After she fell, Karki immediately jumped down onto the railway line and saved her life, despite a high possibility of tragedy while performing the rescue. Karki is highly respected in Japan for his praiseworthy rescue work which put his life at high risk.
It is hoped that such acts of selfless courage may help in further promoting the mutual friendship between the two countries at the grassroots level.