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Hank Aaron Receives Order of the Rising Sun

Hank Aaron, an American baseball legend, was recognized by Japan last Thursday with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, presented to him at the home of Japan’s consul general in Atlanta, Takashi Shinozuka.

Aaron, now 81 years old, was honored for his friendship with Japanese home run leader Sadaharu Oh with whom he founded the World Children’s Baseball Fair some 25 years ago. Held each summer, the program is a week of clinics that brings together children from around the world.

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