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 2022 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 Director
The Japan Prize Foundation
Kazunori Kataoka Vice Chairperson, Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion
Director General, 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
Keio University School of Medicine
Tatsuya Okubo Executive Vice President, Professor
School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Hiroto Yasuura Director General, Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Center
Professor Emeritus, Kyushu University

(alphabetical order, titles as of January, 2022)

Selection Subcommittee for the “Materials and Production” field
Chairman Kazunori Kataoka Vice Chairperson, Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion
Director General, Innovation Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM)
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Deputy Chairman Toru Okabe Director General, Professor
Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
Member Kazunari Akiyoshi Professor
Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
Katsuhiko Ariga Principal Investigator
WPI International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, National Institute for Materials Science
Atsushi Fukuoka Professor
Institute for Catalysis, Hokkaido University
Jian Ping Gong Professor
Faculty of Advanced Life Science, Hokkaido University
Yuichi Ikuhara Professor
Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Koji Ishibashi Chief Scientist
Cluster for Pioneering Research, RIKEN
Nobuharu Iwasawa Professor
School of Science, Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Noboru Kikuchi President, Genesis Research Institute, Inc.
Managing Director
Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute
Yasuhiro Koike Distinguished Professor
Keio University
Kazue Kurihara Professor, New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, Tohoku University
Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University
Tamio Oguchi Specially Appointed Professor
Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
Hideyuki Yasuda Professor
Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
Selection Subcommittee for the “Biological Production, Ecology/Environment” field
Chairman Mariko Hasegawa President
The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI
Deputy Chairman Taikan Oki Professor
Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Member Norichika Kanie Professor
Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University
Eiiti Kasuya Associate Professor
Faculty of Science, Kyushu University
Masakado Kawata Professor
Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Mayuko Nakamaru Associate Professor
School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tohru Nakashizuka President, Forest Research and Management Organization
Director General, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
Sakae Shibusawa Appointed Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Project Professor, Keio University
Toru Shimada Professor
Faculty of Science, Gakushuin University
Shinichi Shogenji Dean, Professor
Faculty of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Fukushima University
Toshio Takeuchi Professor Emeritus, Former President
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Shin-ichi Uye Special Appointment Professor
Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, Hiroshima University
Yukio Yasui Associate Professor
Faculty of Agriculture, Kagawa University
Yasuhiro Yoshikawa Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Okayama University of Science
Specialist Kiwamu Minamisawa Specially-appointed Professor
Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
Hirokazu Toju Associate Professor
Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University

(alphabetical order, titles as of April, 2022)

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