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Fujii Becomes Youngest Shōgi Competition Winner (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)—Fujii Sōta, a 15-year-and-six-month-old professional shōgi player, won the 11th Asahi Cup tournament on Saturday, becoming the youngest winner in a major shōgi competition other than title matches. Fujii struck the record for the first time in 63 years by surpassing retired ninth-dan Katō Hifumi, 78, who became such a winner at the age of 15 years and 10 months. W…

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 pres…

Shōgi Sensation Fujii Defeats Title Holder for First Time (News)

Nagoya, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)—Fujii Sōta, 15, the youngest professional shōgi player, defeated Satō Amahiko , the holder of the Meijin title, in a quarterfinal of the 11th Asahi Cup open tournament, achieving his first victory over any title holder. For Fujii, a shōgi sensation in the rank of fourth dan, the match, held in Nagoya, central Japan, on Sunday, was the first official game with a titl…

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 t…

Japan Set to Honor Shōgi, Go Champs (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 13 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government is considering granting 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, an official said Wednesday. Last week, Habu became the first-ever shōgi player to win eisei lifetime honors for all seven major shōgi titles. In October, Iyama accomplished the unprecedente…

High-Profile People of 2017 Featured on “Hagoita” Paddles (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Princess Mako, her fiance-to-be Komuro Kei, teenage shōgi sensation Fujii Sōta, and seven other people who drew much public and media attention this year, as well as a giant panda cub at a Tokyo zoo are featured on colorful hagoita wooden paddles unveiled by Japanese traditional doll maker Kyūgetsu on Wednesday. The routine hagoita-unveiling event was held at…

Shōgi Master Habu Wins Seventh “Eisei” Lifetime Title (News)

Ibusuki, Kagoshima Pref., Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)—Habu Yoshiharu, 47, became the first-ever professional shōgi player to win seven eisei lifetime titles on Tuesday. Japanese professional shōgi player Habu Yoshiharu is seen after he became the first-ever professional shōgi player to win seven eisei lifetime titles in Ibusuki in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Tuesday, December 5, 2017. (©…

“Shōgi” in a Galaxy Far Far Away: Craftsman Unveils Star-Wars-Themed Set (Japan in Photos)

Takahashi Chizan, a shōgi craftsman in Tendō, Yamagata Prefecture, poses with hand-carved game pieces featuring Princess Leia, and other well-known Star Wars characters. Takahashi took around a month to complete the set based on the popular science fiction franchise. The Last Jedi, the latest installment in the long-running movie series, is scheduled to hit theaters on December 15. (© Jiji)

Youngest Pro Shōgi Player Fujii to Advance to High School (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)—Fujii Sōta, the youngest professional shōgi player, who grabbed the spotlight by setting an unprecedented winning streak earlier this year, has decided to move on to high school. Fujii, 15, plans to study at Nagoya University Affiliated Upper Secondary School in the city of Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, from April 2018 after graduating from …

From One Record Holder to Another (Japan in Photos)

Japanese shōgi prodigy Fujii Sōta (right) and yokozuna Hakuhō lock hands at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya on July 12, 2017. Fujii, a native of nearby Seto, met with Hakuhō during the Nagoya Tournament and gave the grand champion a folding fan printed with the phrase shinshi o tassu (achieve your goals). Hakuhō, who surpassed legendary yokozuna Taihō with his thirty-third tournament…

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