The Japan Prize Foundation

Japan Prize

Nomination and Selection Process

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 15,000 nominators, strictly comprised of prominent scientists and researchers from around the world invited by the Foundation, to nominate the candidates through the Web System. The deadline for nominations is the end of January 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 two years 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.

Nomination and Selection Process for the 2022 Japan Prize Laureates

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Members of the 2023 Japan Prize Selection Committee

Chairman Makoto Asashima Deputy Director General of Advanced Comprehensive Research Organization, Research Professor, Teikyo University
Academic Advisor, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Deputy Chairman Yoichiro Matsumoto Professor Emeritus
The University of Tokyo
Members Mariko Hasegawa President
The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI
Hiroto Ishida Adviser
The Japan Prize Foundation
Kazunori Kataoka Vice Chairperson, Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion
Center Director, Innovation Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM)
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Masayuki Matsushita Director
The Japan Prize Foundation
Kyosuke Nagata President
University of Tsukuba
Hideyuki Okano Professor and Chair
Department of Physiology, Keio University School of Medicine
Tatsuya Okubo Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo
Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Hiroto Yasuura Director General, Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Center
Vice-Director-General, National Institute of Informatics, Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, Research Organization of Information and Systems
Professor Emeritus, Kyushu University

(alphabetical order, titles as of January, 2023)

Selection Subcommittee for the “Electronics, Information, and Communication” field
Chairman Hiroto Yasuura Director General, Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Center
Vice-Director-General, National Institute of Informatics, Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, Research Organization of Information and Systems
Professor Emeritus, Kyushu University
Deputy Chairman Hironori Kasahara Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering Waseda University
Member Akiko Aizawa Vice-Director-General, Professor
National Institute of Informatics, Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, Research Organization of Information and Systems
Takako Hashimoto Vice President, Chiba University of Commerce
Professor, Faculty of Commerce and Economics, Chiba University of Commerce
Toshiro Hiramoto Professor
Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
Nei Kato Dean, Professor
Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University
Akira Matsuzawa Professor Emeritus
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Shin-ichi Minato Professor
Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University
Michihiko Minoh Director
RIKEN Information R&D and Strategy Headquarters (R-IH)
Atsuko Miyaji Professor
Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
Kae Nemoto Professor, Quantum Information Science and Technology Unit,
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Takao Onoye Executive Vice President
Osaka University
Seiichi Uchida Senior Vice President, Kyushu University
Professor
Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University
Selection Subcommittee for the “Life Sciences” field
Chairman Kyosuke Nagata President
University of Tsukuba
Deputy Chairman Shigeo Koyasu Executive Director
RIKEN
Member Kiyokazu Agata Director General
National Institute for Basic Biology,
National Institutes of Natural Sciences
Fuyuki Ishikawa Vice-President, Kyoto University
Director, Research Administration Center (KURA), Kyoto University
Professor, Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University
Hisakazu Mihara Vice President, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Professor
School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Junichi Nabekura Director General
National Institute for Physiological Sciences,
National Institutes of Natural Sciences
Noriko Osumi Vice President, Tohoku University
Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Tohoku University
Ichiro Sakuma Professor
Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Kenichi Shinoda President
National Museum of Nature and Science
Haruko Takeyama Professor
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
Minoru Yoshida Research Strategy Advisor, RIKEN
Professor
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Michisuke Yuzaki Dean, Keio University Graduate School of Medicine
Professor, Keio University School of Medicine

(alphabetical order, titles as of January, 2023)

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