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 on Sunday.
Under growing pressure from J-League and European clubs, Japan on Friday cancelled two friendlies in the United States this month due to the risk of terror attacks in response to the U.S.-led attack on Iraq.
After a month of soul-searching, Japan could finally be set to cancel two friendlies in the United States this month, a Japanese newspaper reported on Thursday.
Japan might cancel two exhibition soccer games next week in the United States because of the increasing likelihood of war in Iraq.
Japan reaffirmed their commitment on Wednesday to play two friendlies in the United States this month, just hours after Major League Baseball cancelled its season-opening series in Tokyo.
Japanese soccer officials are considering cancellation of two exhibition matches next week in the United States if a U.S.-led goes to war against Iraq.