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In Photos: The Mainichi Newspapers presents its 2018 sporting figure awards

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Mainichi sporting figure award recipients, from left, Deputy Director Ichiro Sato and curler Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi of the Sports Community Karuizawa Club, winner of the culture prize; rookie prize winner gymnast Takeru Kitazono; grand prix winner and baseball star Shohei Ohtani; rookie prize winner and wheelchair rugby player Kae Kurahashi; and Tomoaki Kinugasa, eldest son of the late Sachio Kinugasa of Japanese baseball's Hiroshima Carp, who won the distinguished service award; pose for pictures during the award ceremony in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward, on Dec. 13, 2018. (Mainichi/Junichi Sasaki)

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