The Japan Prize is Japan’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize, and in the field of science at least is considered by many to be second only to the esteemed Nobel. First given in 1995, it is Japan’s way to award and honour “significant and revolutionary achievements of originality” in science and technology “for the peace and prosperity of mankind.”
The prestigious award is given by the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan, for original and outstanding achievements in the advancement of science and technology, which are of benefit to peace for all mankind. Prize laureates win a cash prize of 50 million yen
(about $470,000.), as well as a certificate and medal of distinction.
Like the Nobel, there is no distinction made to laureates in concern to race, profession, or gender, except that they must be living. Also, a single person or a small group is eligable for the prize. Unlike the Nobel, who award a wider range of topics, from peace to literature, the Japan Prize is just awarded for achievements in Science and Technology (of benefit to peace).
Each January, the laureates are announced and the ceremony takes place during “Japan Prize Week”. The week highlights a number of activities centering on the theme, with academic lectures and so forth. The presentation ceremony itself is presided over by the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the Prime Minister and attended by eminent figures from around the world.
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