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Yokoham BayStars right-hander Shoichi Ino and Tokyo Yakult Swallows outfielder Yuhei Takai won the MVP awards for the month of May for pitchers and position players, respectively, after the announcement of the winners in the Central League on Friday.

The Pacific League MVP awards went to Seibu Lions righty Takayuki Kishi and Fukuoka Softbank Hawks outfielder Yuki Yanagita. Ino, Takai and Yanagita were all first-time winners.

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