Japanese professional go player Yuta Iyama, who at age 26 became the first person to hold all seven major Japanese go titles simultaneously, will receive the Prime Minister’s Award, the government said Friday.
Iyama, now 27, was recognized for his achievement and his contribution to the “advancement and development of Japanese culture by promoting the tradition of go,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference.
Iyama won the Judan title in April on top of the six other major titles he had already held, Gosei, Kisei, Meijin, Honinbo, Oza and Tengen.
Iyama is scheduled to receive the award at a ceremony at the prime minister’s office on June 16.
The game of go originated in China more than 2,500 years ago and is played between two people. Players take turns placing black or white stones on a board in order to capture their opponent’s stones or claim territory by surrounding empty spaces.