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.

2015 Japan Prize Laureates Announced

Dr. Yutaka Takahasi helped reduce water-related disasters, Drs. Theodore Friedmann and Alain Fischer were the world’s firsts to propose and clinically prove gene therapy concept

"Resources, Energy and Social Infrastructure" field
Contribution to development of innovative concept on river basin management and reduction of water-related disasters

PhotoDr. Yutaka Takahasi (Japan)
Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

"Medical Science and Medicinal Science" field
Proposal of the concept of gene therapy and its clinical applications

PhotoDr. Theodore Friedmann (United States)
Professor of Pediatrics University of California San Diego, School of Medicine

PhotoProf. Alain Fischer (France)
Professor at Collège de France
Director of Institut Imagine, Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades

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