Japan Prize

Selection Process

Nomination and Selection Process

  • Every November, the Field Selection Committee of The Japan Prize Foundation designates and announces two fields in which the Japan Prize will be awarded two years hence. At the same time, the Foundation calls for over 13,000 nominators, strictly comprised of prominent scientists and researchers from around the world invited by the Foundation, to nominate the candidates through the web by JPNS (Japan Prize Nomination System). The deadline for nominations is the end of February of the following year.
  • For each field, a Selection Subcommittee conducts a rigorous evaluation of the candidates’ academic achievements. The conclusions are then forwarded to the Selection Committee, which conducts evaluations of candidates’ achievements from a wider perspective, including contributions to the progress of science and technology, and significant advancement towards the cause of world peace and prosperity, and finally the selected candidates are recommended for the Prize.
  • The recommendations are then sent to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which makes the final decision on the winners.
  • The nomination and selection process takes almost one year from the time that the fields are decided. Every January, the winners of that year’s Japan Prize are announced. The Presentation Ceremony is held in April in Tokyo.

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Members of the 2016 Japan Prize Selection Committee

Chairman Hiroshi Komiyama

Chairman of the Institute, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.
The 28th President of the University of Tokyo

Vice Chairman Ryozo Nagai

President, Jichi Medical University

Members Yoshinori Fujiyoshi

Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagoya University

Yoshihiro Hayashi

Director General, National Museum of Nature and Science

Yoshio Karita

Director, The Japan Prize Foundation

Yoichiro Matsumoto

Executive Director, RIKEN

Masayuki Matsushita

Director, The Japan Prize Foundation

Yoshinao Mishima

President, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Shojiro Nishio

President, Osaka University

Tadatsugu Taniguchi

Project Professor, Institute of Industrial Science,
The University of Tokyo

( alphabetical order, titles as of April, 2016)

 

Selection Subcommittee for the “ Materials and Production” field
Chairman Yoshinao Mishima

President, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Deputy Chairman Kazuhiko Ishihara

Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Member Masashi Kawasaki

Professor, Department of Applied Physics School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Kikuo Kishimoto

Dean, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Kazuyuki Kuroda

Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, Waseda University

Shigeo Maruyama

Distinguished Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Cross-Appointment Fellow, Department of Energy and Environment, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Kotobu Nagai

Senior Scientist, Research Center for Structural Materials, National Institute for Materials Science

Toshikazu Takata

Professor, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Masahiro Terada

Professor, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University

Shinji Tsuneyuki

Professor, Department of Physics, School of Science,
The University of Tokyo

Selection Subcommittee for the “Biological Production and Biological Environment” field
Chairman Yoshihiro Hayashi

Director General, National Museum of Nature and Science

Deputy Chairman Yoshihisa Shirayama

Executive Director of Research, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

Member Toru Fujiwara

Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences,
The University of Tokyo

Tsuyoshi Hosoya

Head, Division of Fungi and Algae, Department of Botany, National Museum of Nature and Science

Koh-ichi Kadowaki

Director General, Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization

Makoto Kato

Professor, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Kei-ichiro Maeda

Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences,
The University of Tokyo

Shigetou Namba

Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences,
The University of Tokyo

Noboru Noguchi

Professor, Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University

Toru Shimada

Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences,
The University of Tokyo

Takakazu Yumoto

Director, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University

( alphabetical order, titles as of April, 2016)

The Japan Prize Nomination System

The Foundation’s JPNS (Japan Prize Nomination System) on the Web facilitates the process of the nomination by the Japan Prize Official Nominators around the world. Additional details are available here.

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