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Nadeshiko handed prestigious honour for giving 'bright hope' to the Japanese people

Japan's 2011 World Cup-winning women's national team will be handed the "People's Honour Award" following their inspirational exploits in Germany in the wake of the natural disaster in the Asian nation earlier this year.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan will hold a ceremony with his government on August 18 to decorate the team who defeated the United States on penalties in the final in Frankfurt.

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