Thursday, August 4, 2011

People's Honor Award for Japanese Women's WC Champs



The Japanese women's soccer team will receive the People's Honor Award in honour of their unlikely, but fantastic victory over the powerhouse USA team in the World Cup final on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany. 

The team will be the first group to receive the award and the 19th recipient, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano Yukio (surname first) on August 1, 2011.
He first first told a July 25 press conference that the award was being considered for the team because they "delighted and inspired many people in Japan and gave society something to be hopeful for."
The victory came amid the country's struggle to rebuild northeastern areas after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.
The Japanese woman's soccer team is nicknamed 'Nadeshiko' after a pink-frilled carnation that symbolizes both grace and beauty.
The prestigious award, which was inaugurated in 1977, has so far been given to 18 individuals.
List of Peoples Honor Award Winners: 
1. Oh Sadaharu - September 5, 1977, baseball player with most career homeruns - 868. 
2. Koga Masao - August 4, 1978, composer 
3. Hasegawa Kazuo - April 19, 1984, actor
4. Uemura Naomi - April 19, 1985, adventurer, climbed highest mountains on 5 continents. 
5. Yamashita Yasuhiro - October 9, 1984, judoka, accomplishments in judo.
6. Kinugasa Sachino - June 22, 1987, baseball player with most consecutive games played - 2215.
7. Kato Kazue (aka Misora Hibari) - July 6, 1989, singer
8. Akimoto Mitsugu (aka Chiyonofuji Mitsugu) - September 29, 1989, Yokuzuna holding record wins as sumo wrestler.
9. Masunaga Takeo (aka Fujiyama Ichiro) - May 28, 1992, singer
10. Hasgawa Machiko - July 28, 1992, manga artist, one of the first female manga artists on her Sazae-san strip.
11. Hattori Ryoichi - February 26, 1993, composer
12. Atsumi Kiyoshi - September 3, 1996, actor
13. Yoshida Tadashi - July 7, 1998, composer
14. Kurosawa Akira - October 1, 1998, film director
15. Takahashi Naoko - October 30, 2000, athlete who won the 2000 Olympics gold medal in the women's marathon.
16. Endo Minoru - January 23, 2009, composer
17. Mori Mitsuko - July 1, 2009, actress
18. Morishige Hisaya - December 22, 2009, actor  

The Japan Mint has manufactured plaques (see photo above) of the People's Honour Award since Hasegawa Machiko was the 10th winner back in 1992.
Files compiled by Andrew Joseph

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