"The Japanese government announced on Saturday that it will present Crypton Future Media President and virtual idol Hatsune Miku’s figurative "father" Hiroyuki Itō with a Fall 2013 Medal with Blue Ribbon on November 13. The medal is “awarded to individuals who have made prosperous efforts in the areas of public welfare and education.” As part of the award, Itō and other recipients will hear comments from the Japanese Emperor.
The Sports Hochi newspaper said that “it is no exaggeration to call Hatsune Miku ‘the most famous Japanese idol in the world’.”
Crypton Future Media released the software that enables users to create songs with Hatsune Miku’s computer-generated voice from scratch, causing a worldwide boom. 48-year-old Itō said it was a strange feeling to be counted among the medal recipients who have made so much impact on Japan.
The last time a member of the anime industry received the award was when Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata won in 1998.”