TOKYO (AP) - Former New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui received the People's Honor Award from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an elaborate ceremony at Tokyo Dome.
Matsui and his former manager with the Yomiuri Giants, Shigeo Nagashima, received the award, which is bestowed on those who have made significant achievements in their careers and are widely adored by the public.
Late Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda created the award in 1977. Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh, the first recipient, took part in Sunday's ceremony.
Matsui played seven seasons for the Yankees, and was the MVP of the 2009 World Series, before finishing his career with a season each for the Los Angeles Angels, the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays.

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