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Monday, 15th November 2010
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Japan honours British sportsman

The president of the British Judo Association is set to be honoured by Japan.

George Kerr has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by Emperor Akihito for its services to the sport and his work on strengthening UK-Japanese ties.

The 73 year-old will receive the award at a special ceremony at the Japanese Consul-General in Edinburgh at the start of next year.

Japan's Consul-General in Scotland, Masataka Tarahara, speaking to Sky News, said: "I am delighted that Mr George Kerr has been honoured with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette.

"He is the most deserving recipient whose contribution to the promotion of judo over many decades has been outstanding."

Mr Kerr recently reached the status of tenth Dan - an honour that is held by just six people worldwide. He has also continued to coach children at his judo club in Edinburgh.

Japan recently won a record ten gold medals at the world judo championship.

Written by Mark Smith.