Gaming Japanese Government Honors Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto As Person of Cultural Merit

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    Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the creative force behind such franchises as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Star Fox, has been officially named a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government for his important cultural contributions to the world through video games.

    As reported by Kotaku, Miyamoto is one of twenty individuals to receive one of Japan's highest honors for a creator, and all recipients come from a "variety of fields including the arts, music, science, and academia."

    Nikkei (via Hachima and ANN) also reported that manga creator Moto Hagio (They Were Eleven, The Poe Clan) and filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi (House, Hanagatami) were also selected. Previous honorees include Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazki and Shigeru Mizuki of GeGeGe no Kitaro fame.

    Read more here. (IGN)

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