Yet, Saotome does not appear on the official list of Shihan who can award shihan to his students....and have it recognozed.....by Doshu.
What list is that? Would you please provide us with a copy or a link? The closest thing I can find is the Aikikai's International Regulations at http://www.aikikai.or.jp/eng/regulat...ernational.htm
. Article 16: Shihan
1. The Hombu examines and appoints Shihan from among persons who are 6th dan or above, and who are proficient in practice and instructing.
2. To the appointed person, a Certificate of Appointment is awarded by the Hombu.
This suggests that only Dosshu/Hombu may award the shihan license.