TOKYO — Hideki Matsuyama obtained the Prime Minister’s Award in Tokyo on Friday for successful the Masters golf event.
He was the primary Japanese winner at Augusta Nationwide, the well-known American membership.
Matsuyama received the low newbie title on the 2011 Masters simply weeks after the earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear reactors devastated the northeastern Fukushima space of Japan. The disaster killed about 18,000 individuals.
Matsuyama obtained the award from Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who saluted him for lifting spirits in Japan this time – and 10 years in the past.
“You’ve gotten continued to encourage the affected areas, marking the tenth anniversary of the catastrophe, and you’ve got nice braveness,” Suga stated. “Whereas contributing significantly to the progress of sports activities in Japan, the achievement of speaking the significance of efforts to all of the individuals and giving them goals and hopes is really exceptional.”
Matsuyama stated he hopes to win the gold medal at this yr’s Tokyo Olympics.
Matsuyama wore the Masters inexperienced jacket on the presentation and gave the prime minister a inexperienced cap from the event and a pin flag from the membership.