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 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 2020 (36th) Japan Prize Laureates

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Members of the 2020 Japan Prize Selection Committee

Chairman Makoto Asashima

Research Professor, Academic Advisor, Teikyo University
Academic Advisor, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

Vice Chairman Yoshinao Mishima

Professor Emeritus and Former President,
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Members Yoshinori Fujiyoshi

Distinguished Professor, TMDU Advanced Research Institute
Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Yoshihiro Hayashi

President/Director General
National Museum of Nature and Science

Hiroto Ishida

Director, The Japan Prize Foundation

Kazunori Kataoka

Professor, The University of Tokyo
Vice President, Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion
Director-General, Innovation Center of NanoMedicine

Yoichiro Matsumoto

President, Tokyo University of Science

Masayuki Matsushita

Director, The Japan Prize Foundation

Shojiro Nishio

President, Osaka University

Tadatsugu Taniguchi

Professor Emeritus, Advisor to the Office of President
The University of Tokyo

(alphabetical order, titles as of April, 2020)

 

Selection Subcommittee for the “Electronics, Information, Communication” field
Chairman Shojiro Nishio

President, Osaka University

Deputy Chairman Hiroto Yasuura

Executive Vice President
Kyushu University

Member Makoto Ando

Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology
President, International Union of Radio Science (URSI)

Hiroki Arimura

Professor
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
Hokkaido University

Michiko Inoue

Professor
Graduate School of Science and Technology
Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Yoshiharu Ishikawa

Professor
Graduate School of Informatics, Nagoya University

Michihiko Minoh

Executive Director
RIKEN

Hiroyuki Morikawa

Professor
Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Yasuo Okabe

Director
Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies
Kyoto University

Takao Onoye

Executive Vice President, Osaka University

Naonori Ueda

Deputy Director
RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Shigeaki Zaima

Professor
Graduate School of Science and Technology
Meijo University

Selection Subcommittee for the “Life Science” field
Chairman Yoshinori Fujiyoshi

Distinguished Professor
TMDU Advanced Research Institute
Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Deputy Chairman Shigeo Koyasu

Executive Director
RIKEN

Member Junken Aoki

Professor
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of Tokyo

Hiroo Fukuda

Executive Vice President
The University of Tokyo

Akinori Kimura

Executive Director / Executive Vice President
Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Tomoko M. Nakanishi

President, Hoshi University
Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
The University of Tokyo
Commissioner, Japan Atomic Energy Commission

Sumio Ohtsuki

Professor
Faculty of Life Sciences, Kumamoto University

Shigeo Okabe

Professor
Graduate School of Medicine
The University of Tokyo

Yasushi Okamura

Professor
Graduate School of Medicine
Osaka University

Atsuko Sehara

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
Cooperative Professor,
Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences, Kyoto University

Masahide Takahashi

Designated Professor/
Director of Academic Program
Fujita Health University

Toichi Takenaka

Chairman
Japan Health Sciences Foundation

(alphabetical order, titles as of April, 2020)

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