Tokyo – October 23, 2013 - Nikkei Business Publications (President & CEO: Kohei Osada; Tokyo) has announced the winners of the twelfth Japan Innovators Award. Established in 2002, the award aims to stimulate the country by shedding light on unique and innovative individuals.
The nomination was made from individuals from a broad range of fields who had breathed new life into Japanese industries by creating new industries and business models, new technologies for the future, and new universal values. The final selection committee was held the other day, and the winners of the Grand Prize, Excellence Award, and Special Award were decided.
The awarding will take place at 5 p.m. on November 27 at Hotel Okura in Tokyo’s Minato-ward.
The story featuring this year’s Award will appear in the November 11 issue of Nikkei Business.
Mr. Akira Morikawa, Chief Executive Officer, LINE
As the top executive, Mr. Morikawa led the development of “LINE”, a free calling and messaging app used on smartphone and PC. Attracting over 200 million users worldwide, LINE has been enjoying the unprecedented level of success as an internet service invented in Japan.
Mr. Hideo Hosono, Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Mr. Hosono developed a new oxide semiconductor called “IGZO”, which enables lower power consumption and higher precision of thin LCD display screens. This element technology has been adopted widely by electronics manufacturers both in Japan and overseas. He is also one of the first people who discovered a new-type of iron-based superconductor, and continues to lead the frontline of technological innovations from Japan.
Mr. Kanetoshi Oda, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nippon Poly-Glu
Nippon Poly-Glu invented the water depurative made of polyglutamic acid in sticky fermented soybeans called “Natto”. The depurative can purify water contaminated with poisonous arsenic and E. coli at affordable costs. It is now used actively in Bangladesh and African countries, contributing to improve the quality of life for local people.
Mr. Katsumi Tsukamoto, Professor, Nihon University
Mr. Tsukamoto contributed greatly to analyzing the ecology of Japanese eel, one of the endangered species designated in February 2013 by the Japanese Ministry of Environment, through such achievements as collecting wild Japanese eel eggs successfully for the first time in the world. His discoveries will also pave the way to establish the technology for complete artificial breeding of eels.
A prospective winner must exhibit originality in his/her idea, ability to put the idea into action, and potential to significantly affect Japanese industries with the idea, as well as a certain level of results already made. Individuals of any genre, whether he/she is a corporate engineer, academic researcher, or corporate manager, are eligible.
Candidates were sought through the Nikkei Business magazine and Nikkei Business Online, as well as by the editorial teams of other B-to-B magazines published by Nikkei BP, from July to August 2013. Of these candidates, 26 people were nominated for final selection.
|Hiroshi Komiyama||Chairman, Mitsubishi Research Institute|
|Shoei Utsuda||Chairman, Mitsui|
|Ken Sakamura||Professor, the University of Tokyo, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies|
|Mari Matsunaga||Director, Terumo|
|Yoshihiko Miyauchi||Chairman and CEO, Orix|
|Seiichiro Yonekura||Professor, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University|
Grand Prize: Prize money of one million yen
Excellence Award: Prize money of 500,000 yen
Special Award: Prize money of 300,000 yen
Organized by: Nikkei Business Publications
Co-sponsored by: Daiichi Sankyo
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