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Welcome to The Japan Prize Foundation

The Japan Prize is awarded annually to scientists and engineers from around the world who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, thereby furthering the cause of peace and prosperity of mankind.

Each year two fields of scientific endeavor are honored. The Japan Prize laureates receive a certificate of merit and a prize medal. A cash prize of 50 million yen is also awarded for each prize field.

2016 Japan Prize Laureates Announced

2016 Japan Prize Honors Trailblazers in Material Science and Plant Breeding
Dr. Hideo Hosono challenged conventional wisdom by creating innovative materials;
Dr. Steven D. Tanksley laid the foundation for modern crop breeding

"Materials and Production" field
Achievement:
Creation of unconventional inorganic materials with novel electronic functions based on nano-structure engineering

PhotoDr. Hideo Hosono (Japan)
Professor, Laboratory for Materials and Structures, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Director, Materials Research Center of Element Strategy

"Biological Production and Biological Environment" field
Achievement:
Contribution to modern crop breeding through research on development of molecular genetic analysis

PhotoDr. Steven D. Tanksley (USA)
Professor Emeritus, Cornell University

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