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Figure skater Hanyu: The Japanese government is considering conferring the People’s Honor Award on two-time figure skating Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu, its top spokesman said Friday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed preparations to start the award process, including hearing opinions from experts, before making a formal decision, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

Hanyu will likely become the first figure skater to receive the national award. At the Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea last month, he became the first male figure skater in more than six decades to win consecutive gold medals, despite a “serious” injury preventing him from being able to execute his full arsenal of quads.

Suga said Hanyu’s accomplishment this time “gave thrills and courage to the Japanese people” and brought hope to society, as well as being a strong message about recovery from the powerful earthquake of March 2011 in northeastern Japan.

The 23-year-old skater was from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, located in the region, and based his activities there at that time. Read more

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Figure skater Hanyu: The Japanese government is considering conferring the People’s Honor Award on two-time figure skating Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu, its top spokesman said Friday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed preparations to start the award process, including hearing opinions from experts, before making a formal decision, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

Hanyu will likely become the first figure skater to receive the national award. At the Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea last month, he became the first male figure skater in more than six decades to win consecutive gold medals, despite a “serious” injury preventing him from being able to execute his full arsenal of quads.

Suga said Hanyu’s accomplishment this time “gave thrills and courage to the Japanese people” and brought hope to society, as well as being a strong message about recovery from the powerful earthquake of March 2011 in northeastern Japan.

The 23-year-old skater was from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, located in the region, and based his activities there at that time.