Hideki Matsuyama made history earlier this month when he became the first man from Japan to win the Masters tournament and his country’s first major male golf champion.

Speak Associated press (h / t ESPN) and Sky Sports, Matsuyama received the Japanese Prime Minister’s Award on Friday.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga paid tribute to Matsuyama “for bringing courage and hope to disaster-affected areas” as the 10th anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami approached, which killed around 18,000 people and destroyed parts of northeastern Japan.

“You have continued to cheer on the affected areas, marking the 10th anniversary of the disaster, and you have a lot of courage,” Suga said. “While contributing greatly to the progress of sport in Japan, the success of communicating the importance of effort to everyone and giving them dreams and hopes is truly remarkable.”

Matsuyama wore the green jacket presented to him after his triumph at Augusta National during the ceremony. He also vowed to “work hard to win a gold medal in Tokyo” at the Summer Olympics which were postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Olympics are scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8.