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2010 Japan Prize to Honor Scientists and Researchers in Industrial Production/Production Technology and Biological Production/Environment Fields
Date:12/1/2008

-Calling for nomination of candidates worldwide -

TOKYO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan today announced the two fields eligible for the next Japan Prize, one of the world's most prestigious awards in science and technology. The 2010 Japan Prize will recognize outstanding achievements in industrial production and production technology and biological production and environment.

The Foundation is encouraging prominent scientists and researchers worldwide to nominate candidates in these two fields. Based on these nominations, the Foundation will select finalists and announce the winners in mid January 2010.

Every year the Foundation selects a specific field from which to award the Japan Prize in each of the two areas of studies: I) mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering; and II) biology, agriculture and medicine. The 2010 Japan Prize will honor scientists and researchers, irrespective of nationality, whose original and outstanding achievements in science and technology are recognized as having advanced the frontiers of knowledge and served the cause of peace and prosperity for mankind in the two fields described below. In principle, the Foundation selects one winner from each area. Each Japan Prize laureate will receive a certificate of merit and a commemorative medal. A monetary award of 50 million Japanese yen will be presented for each prize category.

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Area of studies I: mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering

Fields eligible for the award: industrial production and production technology

Background and rationale:

Since the industrial revolution, the remarkable development of science and technology has significantly improved people's standard of living, thereby realizing the creation of a prosperous society not seen before in the history of mankind. Nevertheless, there are still many people in the world who have not reaped the benefits of this prosperity. It has also become clear that we must take into account the fragility of the earth's environment in our pursuit of science and technology. In view of these circumstances, we must continue to strive for further innovation in production technology for the truly prosperous future of mankind.

Achievement eligible:

The 2010 Japan Prize will be awarded to honor achievement that brings about remarkable progress in science and technology in the field of industrial production and production technology and that makes an outstanding contribution to society by improving the safety or convenience of the lives of people or by overcoming poverty through the creation of new products or industries, or improvement in productivity.

Area of studies II: biology, agriculture, and medicine

Fields eligible for the award: biological production and environment

Background and rationale:

The existence of mankind has depended on the earth's biological resources in various forms in the past and will continue to do so. However, the earth's environment which supports our biological resources has been rapidly deteriorating. Furthermore, while innovations in technology have dramatically increased our capacity to produce food, the world population has been growing at an explosive rate and is surpassing the growth of the production capacity. In addition to protecting the environment and ensuring biodiversity, sustainable production is essential.

Achievement eligible:

The 2010 Japan Prize will be awarded to honor achievement that brings about remarkable progress in science and technology in the field of biological production and environment and that makes an outstanding contribution to society in the following ways: improving the everyday life of people, overcoming poverty by significantly increasing food production or improving food production efficiency, maintaining biodiversity, or realizing a pleasant living environment.

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The Foundation is now in the final stage of selecting the 2009 Japan Prize winners in the environment/infrastructure and health care/therapeutic technology fields and will announce the names of the laureates in Tokyo in mid January 2009.

The 2008 Japan Prize in information communication theory and technology was jointly awarded to Vinton G. Cerf, Ph.D., and Robert E. Kahn, Ph.D., for their creation of network architecture and communication protocol for the Internet. The 2008 Japan Prize in medical genomics and genetics went to Victor A. McKusick, M.D., for his establishment of medical genetics and contribution to its development.

The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan

The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan, formed with Japanese government endorsement, aims to promote advancement of science and technology for the peace and prosperity of mankind. Since 1985, the Foundation has awarded the Japan Prize each year in two fields to scientists and researchers who, regardless of nationality, made substantial contributions to that end. In the last 24 years since its inception, 66 people in 13 countries have received the Japan Prize. For details about the Foundation and its activities, please visit http://www.japanprize.jp/en

    Contact:
    Ken Shimba, Executive Director/Executive Officer
    The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan
    Phone: +81-3-5545-0551
    Fax: +81-3-5545-0554
    E-mail: newsbureau@japanprize.jp


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