On June 1, it was officially announced that Yuzuru Hanyu, figure skater and student from the Faculty of Human Sciences (e-school online degree program) at Waseda University, will be receiving the People’s Honor Award. The award is a commendation bestowed by the Prime Minister of Japan on its people in recognition of their high accomplishments in fields such as sports and the arts. In addition, the Olympic gold medalist for two consecutive Olympic games will not only be the first ever figure skater to receive the award, but also the historic youngest to receive it in Japan.
From the President
I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Yuruzu Hanyu on receiving the prestigious People’s Honor Award. This is the first time in history that our existing student is going to be presented the honorary award. I am overjoyed and proud of him, and I am sure Waseda University’s staff, faculty and students, as well as his fans feel the same. I hope he will continue to push his limits and break new records. I have high hopes and expectations of him.
― President Kaoru Kamata, Waseda University