People's Honour Award

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People's Honour Award (国民栄誉賞, Kokumin Eiyoshō) is one of the commendations bestowed by the Prime Minister of Japan on people in recognition of their accomplishments in sport, entertainment, and other fields.[1] The award, not restricted to Japanese nationals, was created in 1977 by Takeo Fukuda.[2]

Recipients[edit]

People's Honour Award winners
Date
(Prime Minister)
Recipient
(Age)
Occupation Reason Other Awards Reference
1 5 September 1977
(Takeo Fukuda)
Sadaharu Oh (37) Professional Baseball Player the world record for home runs(868 home runs) [2]
2 4 August 1978
(Takeo Fukuda)
Masao Koga Composer Accomplishment as a composer.
3 19 April 1984
(Yasuhiro Nakasone)
Kazuo Hasegawa Actor Accomplishments as an actor,
  • Order of the Sacred Treasure 3rd class
  • Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 銀杯一個(菊紋)
4 19 April 1984
(Yasuhiro Nakasone)
Naomi Uemura Adventurer Successful ascent of the highest mountains of the 5 continents.
5 9 October 1984
(Yasuhiro Nakasone)
Yasuhiro Yamashita (27) Judoka Accomplishments as a judoka.
  • Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 銀杯一組(菊紋)
[3]
6 22 June 1987
(Yasuhiro Nakasone)
Sachio Kinugasa (40) Professional Baseball Player World record for consecutive games played.
7 6 July 1989
(Sōsuke Uno)
Kazue Kato
(Hibari Misora)
Singer Giving the people hope and dream via songs
8 29 September 1989
(Toshiki Kaifu)
Mitsugu Akimoto
(Chiyonofuji Mitsugu)
Yokozuna Record for wins as a sumo wrestler [4]
9 28 May 1992
(Kiichi Miyazawa)
Takeo Masunaga
(Ichiro Fujiyama)
Singer Giving the people hope and encouragement via songs with beautiful Japanese language
  • 従四位
  • Order of the Sacred Treasure 3rd Class
  • Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 銀杯一個(菊紋)
10 28 July 1992
(Kiichi Miyazawa)
Machiko Hasegawa Manga artist 家庭漫画を通じて戦後の我が国社会に潤いと安らぎを与えた
11 26 February 1993
(Kiichi Miyazawa)
Ryōichi Hattori Composer 数多くの歌謡曲を作り国民に希望と潤いを与えた
  • 従四位
  • Order of the Sacred Treasure 3rd Class
  • Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 銀杯一個(菊紋)
12 3 September 1996
(Ryutaro Hashimoto)
Kiyoshi Atsumi Actor 映画「男はつらいよ」シリーズを通じ人情味豊かな演技で広く国民に喜びと潤いを与えた
  • Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 銀杯一個(菊紋)
13 7 July 1998
(Ryutaro Hashimoto)
Tadashi Yoshida Composer 「吉田メロディー」の作曲により国民に夢と希望と潤いを与えた
  • 従四位
  • 勲三等 旭日中綬章
  • Medal with Purple Ribbon
14 1 October 1998
(Keizo Obuchi)
Akira Kurosawa Film Director 数々の不朽の名作によって国民に深い感動を与えるとともに世界の映画史に輝かしい足跡を残した
15 30 October 2000
(Yoshiro Mori)
Naoko Takahashi (28) Athlete Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's marathon Gold medal 銀杯一組(菊紋) [3]
16 23 January 2009
(Taro Aso)
Minoru Endo Composer
17 1 July 2009
(Taro Aso)
Mitsuko Mori (89) Actress [5]
18 22 December 2009
(Yukio Hatoyama)
Hisaya Morishige Actor [2]
19 18 August 2011
(Naoto Kan)
Japan women's national football team National football team Winning the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. [6]
20 7 November 2012
(Yoshihiko Noda)
Saori Yoshida (30) Wrestler [3]
21 25 February 2013
(Shinzō Abe)
Taihō Kōki Yokozuna [7]
22
23
5 May 2013
(Shinzō Abe)
Shigeo Nagashima (77)
Hideki Matsui (38)
Professional Baseball Player
Professional Baseball Player
[8]
24 20 October 2016
(Shinzō Abe)
Kaori Icho (32) Wrestler Being the first woman to win four consecutive Olympic gold medals. [3]
25
26
13 February 2018
(Shinzō Abe)
Yoshiharu Habu (47)
Yuta Iyama (28)
Professional Shogi Player
Professional Go Player
Habu: becoming the first shogi player to win lifetime titles for all seven major title matches, and the only shogi player to hold 7 major titles simultaneously.
Iyama: becoming the first go/shogi player to simultaneously hold all seven major titles on two separate occasions.
[9]
27 2 July 2018
(Shinzō Abe)
Yuzuru Hanyu (23) Figure skater Becoming the first male figure skater in 66 years to defend Olympic gold; historic accomplishments in figure skating; giving hope and courage to society.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Presentation of the People's Honor Award". Hiragana Times. Cabinet Public Relations Office (Japan). Retrieved 2 March 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c Nagata, Kazuaki (30 April 2013). "People's award: glittering honor or political tool?". The Japan Times. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Decorated wrestler Icho to receive People's Honor Award". The Japan Times. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Sumo icon Chiyonofuji dies at 61". The Japan Times. Kyodo News. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Ceremony to Present the National Honor Award". Cabinet Public Relations Office. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Ceremony to Present the National Honor Award to the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011 Japan Women's National Team". Cabinet Public Relations Office. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Government to honor late yokozuna". The Japan Times. Kyodo News. 16 February 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Coskrey, Jason (5 May 2013). "Legends Matsui, Nagashima feted: Prime minister hands Yomiuri Giants legends People's Honor Award". The Japan Times. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  9. ^ Osaki, Tomohiro (5 January 2018). "Pair become first board game players to receive Japan's People's Honor Award". The Japan Times. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  10. ^ Shimbun, The Yomiuri. "Govt to honor skate king Hanyu". The Japan News. Retrieved 2018-06-01.