April 13, 2023
January 27, 2023

From 2020 to 2022, Japan Prize Laureates were unable to attend the awards ceremony in Japan due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
As co-winner of the 2021 Japan Prize, Robert Weinberg, Ph.D. was presented with his certificate and medal at the official residence of Consul General Kotaro Suzuki in Boston.

Dr. Robert A. Weinberg

January 24, 2023

2023 Japan Prize Laureates Announced

Fields of Electronics, Information, and Communication

Prof. Masataka Nakazawa

Prof. Masataka Nakazawa (Japan)

Distinguished Professor/Specially Appointed Professor, Tohoku University

Mr. Kazuo Hagimoto

Mr. Kazuo Hagimoto (Japan)

Principal Researcher, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology

Field of Life Sciences

Prof. Gero Miesenböck

Prof. Gero Miesenböck (Austria)

Waynflete Professor of Physiology, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University of Oxford

Prof. Karl Deisseroth

Prof. Karl Deisseroth (USA)

Professor, Departments of Bioengineering and Psychiatry,
and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Stanford University

2023 Japan Prize News No.67




March 17, 2020

I regret to inform you that the board of directors of Japan Prize Foundation has decided to postpone the 36th Japan Prize Award Ceremony and all of the associated events that were scheduled for April 2020. We will hold the 36th Award Ceremony together with the 37th one year later in April 2021. The associated events of the 36th will be held together with those of the 37th.

Because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, it is extremely difficult for the Laureates to come in and go out of Japan. As you have already known, the Japanese government requests cancellation or postponement of large scale events to avoid risks of infection. Considering those situations, we had to postpone all the events of the 36th Award.

February 4, 2020

2020 Japan Prize Laureates Announced

2020 Japan Prize News No.63

February 4, 2020, Press Conference, announcing the 2020 (36th) Japan Prize

Prof. Robert G. GallagerDr. Svante Pääbo

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November 12, 2019
Official start of the 2021 Japan Prize Nomination
April 11, 2019

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April 8, 2019

2019 Japan Prize Presentation Ceremony Photos

Prof. Yoshio Okamoto Prof. Rattan Lal
January 16, 2019

2019 Japan Prize Honors Japanese and American Scientists in Fields of Chemistry and Agriculture

2019 Japan Prize News No.61

January 16, 2019, Press Conference, announcing the 2019 (35th) Japan Prize

Prof. Yoshio OkamotoProf. Rattan Lal

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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

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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
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