Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan, have been selected as "Asian of the Year" for the politics category for 2018 by the Asia Journalist Association (AJA), as he tried to settle peace and continue interaction between countries in central Asia. Since he became President in December 2016, he has reformed policies to open the economy and improve human rights, releasing political prisoners, Koreatimes said.
The association laso selected Koo Bon-moo, the late former chairman of LG Group, in the economic category. Koo, who died in May, received the award for leading the conglomerate to make rapid growth and become a global company. The group also set up an award to recognize people who have sacrificed themselves for social justice.
Park Hang-seo, the Korean coach of the Vietnam national football team, was selected for the society and culture category, as he led the Vietnamese team to consecutive victories. With humble leadership, he contributed to Vietnamese people's unity and improving their recognition of Korea.
Magdi Habib Yacoub, an Egyptian thoracic surgeon, was picked for the society and culture category as well. He saved many children's lives in Africa by giving free heart transplants through his own foundation Magdi Yacoub Institution.
"Those people were selected after final deliberation by the AJA leaders and each country's representatives' evaluation," said Ashraf Dali, president of the AJA. "I send my greatest respect to those selected."
The award ceremony will be held at the AJA general assembly in spring 2019.