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 13,000 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 one year 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.



Members of the 2017 Japan Prize Selection Committee

Chairman Hiroshi Komiyama

Chairman of the Institute, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.
The 28th President of the University of Tokyo

Vice Chairman Ryozo Nagai

President, Jichi Medical University

Members Yoshinori Fujiyoshi

Guest Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Nagoya University

Yoshihiro Hayashi

President / Director General, National Museum of Nature and Science

Yoshio Karita

Director, The Japan Prize Foundation

Yoichiro Matsumoto

Executive Director, RIKEN

Masayuki Matsushita

Director, The Japan Prize Foundation

Yoshinao Mishima

President, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Shojiro Nishio

President, Osaka University

Tadatsugu Taniguchi

Project Professor, Institute of Industrial Science
The University of Tokyo

( alphabetical order, titles as of April, 2017))


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

President, Osaka University

Deputy Chairman Masaru Kitsuregawa

Director General, National Institute of Informatics
Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo

Member Akiko Aizawa

Professor, National Institute of Informatics

Toru Fujiwara

Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University

Hiroshi Imai

Professor, Department of Computer Science, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo

Hironori Kasahara

Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering Waseda University
IEEE Computer Society President 2018

Masanori Koshiba

Professor, Emeritus Hokkaido University

Hideo Ohno

Director, Professor, Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University

Yuji Oie

President, Kyushu Institute of Technology

Yasuo Okabe

Professor, Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies
Kyoto University

Hideyuki Tokuda

Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Keio University

Hiroto Yasuura

Trustee (Vice President), Kyushu University

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

Guest Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science Nagoya University

Deputy Chairman Yoshihiro Yoneda

Director General, National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition

Member Masatoshi Hagiwara

Professor and Vice Dean, Graduate School of Medicine
Kyoto University

Yuji Ikegaya

Professor, Department of Chemical Pharmacology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Kenji Kadomatsu

Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine

Mineko Kengaku

Professor, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences
Kyoto University

Noboru Mizushima

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate School and Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo

Kiyotaka Okada

Professor, Department of Agriculture, Ryukoku University

Makoto Sato

Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience
Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University

Masato Umeda

Professor, Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University

( alphabetical order, titles as of April, 2017))

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.


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