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 by JPNS (Japan Prize Nomination System). The deadline for nominations is the end of February 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.

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Members of the 2019 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

Former President, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Members Yoshinori Fujiyoshi

Distinguished Professor, Advanced Research Institute Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Yoshihiro Hayashi

President/Director General, National Museum of Nature and Science

Yoshio Karita

Former Grand Master of the Ceremonies, Imperial Household Agency

Kazunori Kataoka

Professor Emeritus, Project Professor, The University of Tokyo
Vice Chairperson of Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion
Director General of 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, 2019)

 

Selection Subcommittee for the “Materials and Production” field
Chairman Kazunori Kataoka

Professor Emeritus, Project Professor, The University of Tokyo
Vice Chairperson of Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion
Director General of Innovation, Center of NanoMedicine

Deputy Chairman Toru H. Okabe

Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo

Member Katsuhiko Ariga

Principal Investigator, WPI Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, National Institute for Materials Science
Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences,
The University of Tokyo

Kazunari Domen

Special Contract Professor, Research Institute for Supra-Materials, Shinshu University
University Professor, The University of Tokyo

Koji Ishibashi

Chief Scientist, Advanced Device Laboratory, RIKEN

Yasuhiro Koike

Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

Toshihiko Koseki

Professor, Kyoto University of Advanced Science

Kazue Kurihara

Professor, New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, Tohoku University

Kazuyuki Kuroda

Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University

Atsushi Maruyama

Professor, School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Kyoko Nozaki

Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Tamio Oguchi

Professor, The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University

Selection Subcommittee for the “Biological Production, Ecology” field
Chairman Yoshihiro Hayashi

President/Director General, National Museum of Nature and Science

Deputy Chairman Hiromichi Nagasawa

Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

Member Kazuyuki Inubushi

Professor, Graduate School of Horticulture, Chiba University

Futoshi Nakamura

Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University

Taikan Oki

Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo

Masakazu Shimada

Project Researcher, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Tatsuya Sugawara

Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University

Katsumi Tsukamoto

Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Tetsukazu Yahara

Professor, Department of Biology, Kyushu University

Keitaro Yamanouchi

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo

( alphabetical order, titles as of April, 2019)

The Japan Prize Nomination System

The Foundation’s JPNS (Japan Prize Nomination System) on the Web facilitates the process of the nomination by the Japan Prize Official Nominators around the world. Additional details are available here.

JPNS

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