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Categories Selected for the 2009 (25th) Japan Prize
Date:11/30/2007

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
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