Japan Studying Honor for Olympic Gold Medal Skater Hanyū
Tokyo, March 2 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō has instructed his government to consider giving the People's Honor Award to Pyeongchang Olympic figure skating gold medalist Hanyū Yuzuru, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide said Friday.
Last month, Hanyū, 23, became the first figure skater in 66 years to win men's singles gold medal for the second straight Olympics, overcoming injury he sustained in his right ankle in November last year.
Abe believes that Hanyū deeply moved people in Japan and is thus suitable for the award, according to Suga.
At a press conference, the top government spokesman praised Hanyū's consecutive Olympic victories as an "achievement that will go down in history."
Noting that Hanyū is from Sendai, capital of Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, which was hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Suga said the figure skater "deeply moved Japanese people and gave them great courage, as well as dream and hopes in society, delivering a powerful message on disaster reconstruction."[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]