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


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