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Japanese actor gets British award for Shakespeare performance.

TOKYO, Sept. 5 Kyodo

Britain conferred an honorary award on Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada on Thursday for his contribution to spreading British culture in Japan through his performance in a joint Shakespeare production.

In receiving an honorary MBE (Member of the British Empire) at the British Embassy in Tokyo, Sanada said his stint as ''The Fool'' in ''King Lear'' -- which he played in English -- had been a tough challenge but he was happy to have worked so closely with top British stage actors.

British Ambassador to Japan Stephen Gomersall presented the MBE award to the 41-year-old actor.

Sanada won acclaim as the only Japanese actor in the production, staged by the Saitama Arts Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company during 1999 and 2000 in both Japan and Britain.
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Date:Sep 9, 2002
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