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.

2018 Japan Prize Laureates Announced

2018 Japan Prize Honors Pioneers in Medical Science and Energy
Max D. Cooper and Jacques Miller discovered the dual nature of adaptive immunity, fueling rapid advances in medical science;
Akira Yoshino invited the lithium-ion battery, making modern mobile phone and electric vehicle technologies possible

"Resources, Energy, Environment and Social Infrastructure" field
Development of lithium ion batteries

PhotoDr. Akira Yoshino (Japan)
Honorary Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corporation
Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Meijo University

"Medical Science and Medicinal Science" field
Discovery of B and T lymphocyte lineages and its impact on understanding disease pathology and therapeutic development

PhotoDr. Max D. Cooper (USA)
Professor, Emory University School of Medicine

PhotoDr. Jacques Miller (Australia)
Professor Emeritus, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


Main Events

June 22, 2018

Executive Messages

Hiroyuki Yoshikawa
Yoshio Yazaki

 Peace and prosperity for mankind is the common aspiration for all people of the world, and science and technology have played an immense role in this cause. The Japan Prize was founded to help support this cause that will continue to be of great relevance long into the future.
 Up to now, 94 laureates from 13 countries have been awarded. The Japan Prize embodies the passion for “Lifelong Aspiration”, inherited from the many people involved in its creation including the first Chairman, Konosuke Matsushita.
For 34 years since its inception, the presentation ceremony and banquet has been held every April in the presence of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress with attendance and support from the representatives of the three branches of government, as well as many eminent figures from academic, political and business circles.
 As the new Chairman of the foundation, I would like to dedicate myself to the furtherance of the Japan Prize and its mission.


Hiroshi Komiyama

 For the past nine years, I have had the honor of serving as the Chairman of the Japan Prize Selection Committee. While selecting just one achievement for the prize from among many excellent researches was quite a challenging task, I thoroughly enjoyed the tense but pleasurable exchange of honest opinions with the expert members of the Selection Subcommittee and Selection Committee.

 As the next president of the foundation, I feel very privileged to have served the cause of honoring not only advancements in science and research but also its social contribution, the direction that many science awards are currently heading towards, and would like to further dedicate myself to the mission of Japan Prize.

April 23, 2018

2018 (34th) Japan Prize Commemorative Lectures "Resources, Energy, Environment and Social Infrastructure" field
2018 (34th) Japan Prize Commemorative Lectures "Medical Science and Medicinal Science" field
April 18, 2018
2018 Japan Prize Presentation Ceremony Photos
Dr. Akira Yoshino Dr. Max D. Cooper Dr. Jacques Miller
January 30, 2018
2018 Japan Prize Honors Pioneers in Medical Science and Energy
2018 Japan Prize News No.59

January 30, 2018, Press Conference, announcing the 2018 (34th) Japan Prize
Dr. Akira Yoshino Dr. Max D. Cooper Dr. Jacques Miller

April 24, 2017
April 19, 2017
2017 Japan Prize Presentation Ceremony Photos
Dr. Adi Shamir Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna
February 3, 2017
2017 Japan Prize Press Conference

February 2, 2017
Live streaming of the announcement of the 2017 Japan Prize Laureates.

2017 Japan Prize Honors Trailblazers in Life Science and Cryptography
February 2, 2017, Press Conference, announcing the 2017 (33rd) Japan Prize

2017 Japan Prize News No.57

30 Years of Japan Prize

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