Japan Honors Shōgi Master Habu, Go Champ Iyama


Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government on Tuesday gave the People's Honor Award to 47-year-old shōgi master Habu Yoshiharu and Iyama Yūta, a 28-year-old champion of the board game go.

Go champion Iyama Yūta (left) and Shōgi master Habu Yoshiharu (right) pose with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō after receiving the People's Honor Award. (© Jiji)

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō presented diplomas and plaques to Habu and Iyama at the award ceremony at the prime minister's office.

It marked the first time for a shōgi or go player to receive the honor.

Among participants at the ceremony were people from the shōgi and go worlds and Habu's eldest daughter.

Habu and Iyama also received other commemorative gifts.

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