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India to award Shinzo Abe second-highest civilian honor

Efforts to push for free and open Indo-Pacific recognized by Modi government

Then-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, accompanies Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a bullet train factory in Kobe, Japan, in 2016. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

NEW DELHI/NEW YORK -- India will confer one of its highest civilian awards on former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the government announced Monday.

The 66-year-old Abe will receive the Padma Vibhushan -- awarded for "exceptional and distinguished service" -- in the field of public affairs.

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