Retired ColoradoStateUniversity professor John Matsushima recently received the prestigious Japan Emperor award in Tokyo, according to the Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences.

Matsushima, professor emeritus in animal sciences, is the first Japanese-American to win the Japan Emperor award and was one of four recipients of the award in March. Establishing U.S. beef exports to Japan in the early 1980s; pioneering the steam processing technique for feed grains in cattle feed, thus reducing the cost of beef production; and being recognized worldwide as an animal scientist and educator who has taught nearly 10,000 students at three universities are among a few of the accolades that brought Matsushima this honor.