1982 The Japan Prize Preparatory Foundation is established.
1983 The establishment of the Japan Prize is endorsed by the Cabinet.
1985 The 1st Japan Prize Presentation Ceremony is held.
1987 The Foundation starts sending Japanese students to the annual Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar.
1989 The Foundation starts hosting “Easy-to-understand Science and Technology Seminars”.
2006 The Foundation starts awarding Research Grants.
2010 As of October 1, 2010, the Foundation changes its legal status to a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation and renames itself to “The Japan Prize Foundation”.
2020 Launched the Japan Prize Heisei Memorial Research Grant Program
(Reorganization of the research grant project)

Lifelong Ambition

Konosuke Matsushita
Konosuke Matsushita
First Chairman of
the Foundation

Peace and prosperity for mankind have been my lifelong desires. I am extremely pleased, therefore, that the Japan Prize has been established with the specific goal of making some contribution on behalf of Japan to the development of international society.

The progress of modern science and technology has been phenomenal. It is not overstating its role to say that we owe the civilization we enjoy today to this very progress.
On the other hand, however, there are still many global problems which remain to be solved, and the necessity to seek the counsel of many people is greater than ever before.

Under such circumstances, it is appropriate that Japan, in consultation with the international community, honors those who have produced outstanding achievements in the fields of science and technology.

It is my sincere hope that the Japan Prize achieves the recognition it deserves.

Konosuke Matsushita

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