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Categories Selected for the 2009 (25th) Japan Prize

TOKYO, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan announced today the two categories for the 2009 (25th) Japan Prize, and defined their concept as follows:

Field I: Environment/Infrastructure

"The transformation towards a sustainable society in harmony with nature"

The limits of the global environment have brought us to a point in time when a reassessment is needed of modern technological society rooted in a social foundation of large-scale consumption of energy and resources. As we turn towards a sustainable society in harmony with nature that satisfies basic human needs, confers safety and security, fosters humanitarian qualities and conserves energy while emitting low levels of carbon dioxide, we will need to be able to synthesize knowledge from various fields, including scientific knowledge about the natural world and human activity and highly-evolved information science, together with insights about human societies, in order to achieve social change and re-create a new foundation for society. People are needed who can make a significant contribution to any of the requisite tasks, such as awakening people to the need for change, expressing a vision of the new technological society, creating a social foundation, developing key technologies needed to transform society, or promoting mutual awareness and integration of information and public opinion.

Field II: Health Care/Therapeutic Technology

"Technological integration of medical science and engineering"

Recent remarkable advances in clinical medicine have been achieved by integration of medicine, engineering, and related fields, enabling progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Progress has been made in various areas, including imaging techniques, drug discovery, drug delivery systems, telemedicine, regenerative medicine, and simplified diagnostic techniques.

The prize for 2009 will be awarded for innovative contributions to health and health care through the development and application of technological integration of medical science and engineering.

[The Japan Prize]

The Japan Prize is an international prize awarded to scientists and technologists who have made original and outstanding achievements in their fields and have contributed to the peace and prosperity of mankind. Each year, we designate two subject fields for the prize. Each laureate receives a certificate of merit and a commemorative medal. A monetary award of fifty million Japanese yen (Japanese Yen 50,000,000) is awarded in each prize category.

[The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan]

The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan was established in May 1983, and a Government issued a cabinet endorsement in October of the same year.

Presenting the Japan Prize is the Foundation's main activities. The Foundation is a non-profit organization under the supervision of the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
[Members of the 2009(25th) Japan Prize Fields Selection Committee]



Shuzo Nishioka Advisor,

National Institute for Environmental Studies


Tsuneo Katayama Professor, School of Science and Technology for

future life, Tokyo Denki University

Ryuji Matsuhashi Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences,

The University of Tokyo

Shigeru Morichi Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy


Kotaro Nawa Research Fellow, Institute of Information Security

"Health Care/Therapeutic Technology"


Makoto Asashima Managing Director, Executive Vice President,

The University of Tokyo


Mitiko Go President, Ochanomizu University

Setsuo Hirohashi President, The National Cancer Center

Masaki Kitajima Vice President and Professor, International

University of Health and Welfare

Director, International University of Health and

Welfare, Mita Hospital

Shigetada Nakanishi Director, Osaka Bioscience Institute

(Title at the committee time)


Masaaki Ueda, Executive Officer

The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan (JSTF)

Phone: +81-3-5545-0551

Fax: +81-3-5545-0554



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