Square Enix announced today with a press release that former President Yoichi Wada has been awarded the Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon (Ranju hosho) by the Japanese government.
The Medal of Honor is a prestigious award granted to those who have done meritorious deeds or achieved excellence in their field of work. The blue ribbon version in particular is awarded to those who have made significant achievements in the areas of public welfare or public service.
According to the press release, the medal was awarded to Wada-san due to his contribution to the development of the Japanese console gaming industry.
Wada-san Joined Squaresoft in 2000, and was appointed President and CEO in 2001. He oversaw the merger with Enix in 2003. From 2008 to 2014, he served as President and CEO of Square Enix Holdings.