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Award of Prizes

The Imperial Prize, Japan Academy Prize, Duke of Edinburgh Prize

Imperial Gift presented to Imperial Prize winner
Imperial Gift presented to
Imperial Prize winner
The Imperial and Japan Academy Prizes are awarded to persons who have achieved notable research landmarks or who have authored particularly outstanding academic papers or books. Conferring these prizes on such persons is one of the Academy's most important functions. For them, an award ceremony has been held every year since 1911, with 2017 marking the 107th such ceremony. Since 1949, the ceremony has been graced by the presence of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. Then from 1990, both the Emperor and Empress have attended.

At the suggestion of His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh Prize was adopted as a Japan Academy conferment in June 1987. It is awarded once every two years to a Japanese scientist with outstanding achievements in the area of wildlife protection and species preservation.

Medal of Japan Academy Prize
Medal of Japan Academy Prize
Medal of Duke of Edinburgh Prize
Medal of Duke of Edinburgh Prize

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Prizes Contents Awardees
Imperial Prize One Imperial Prize is awarded every year in each of its two categories: humanities and natural sciences. The awardees are selected from among recipients for that year's Japan Academy Prize. The Prize comprises a certificate and a vase presented as an imperial gift by the Emperor. 177
Japan Academy Prize Up to nine of these Prizes are awarded every year. They comprise a certificate, medal, and prize money of one million yen. 792
Duke of Edinburgh Prize This Prize, awarded once every two years, comprises a certificate, medal, and prize money of one million yen. 15

Prize Recipients


107th Award Ceremony
(Prof. Hasegawa, Akira)
107th Award Ceremony
(Dr. NARASAWA, Yumi)
107th Award Ceremony
(June 12, 2017)
107th Award Ceremony
Prize recipient Dr. HASEGAWA, Akira describing his research results to Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress
Prize recipient Dr. HASEGAWA, Akira describing his
research results to Their Majesties the Emperor
and Empress

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Japan Academy Medal

This prize was newly instituted in 2004. Its purpose is to give formal recognition to outstanding young researchers, while encouraging them in their future work. Awardees are selected from among the annual recipients of the JSPS Prize administered by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In February 2015, the eleventh award ceremony for the Japan Academy Medal and JSPS Prize was held in the presence of their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino.

Prize Contents Awardees
Japan Academy Medal Awarded every year to up to six persons, this prize consists of a certificate , a medal and a commemorative object. 74
Medal and certificate
Medal and certificate
4th Award Ceremony
(Dr. AOYAMA,Kazuo)
13th Award Ceremony
(February 8, 2017)
3rd Award Ceremony
(March 2, 2007)
13th Award Ceremony
(Dr. Motoki Nomachi)

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