Japan Government to Honor Shōgi Master Habu, Go Champ Iyama (News)
Tokyo, Jan. 5 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government decided Friday to grant the People's Honor Award to shōgi master Habu Yoshiharu, 47, and go board game champion Iyama Yūta, 28.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide reported the decision to the day's cabinet meeting. It will be the first time for a shōgi or go player to receive the honor.
The award ceremony will be held on February 13 at the prime minister's office.
On December 5, 2017, Habu became the first shōgi player to have won the eisei lifetime honor for all seven major titles, excluding the newly created title of Eiō.
Iyama recaptured the Meijin title in October last year, achieving the feat of holding all seven major go titles for the second time.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]