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Baseball: Ichiro Suzuki Turns Down National Award - 2004-10-08


Japanese baseball star Ichiro Suzuki has turned down a government offer to receive a prestigious national award.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda says Suzuki is reluctant to receive the People's Honor Award, believing the award will lower his motivation.

The Seattle Mariners outfielder set a U.S. Major League Baseball record for hits in a season earlier this month with 262.

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