The Fukuoka Prize 2012 Event Reports
The Fukuoka Prize 2012 Award ceremony
- Thursday, September 13
- Fukuoka International Congress Center
- Judy ONGG
The 23rd the Fukuoka Prize award ceremony was held in the presence of about 1,000 people in attendance in honor of the laureates, including Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino, Fukuoka citizens, foreign guests and representatives from various fields.
After showing introductory pictures of previous 88 prize recipients since 1990 in which year the Fukuoka Prize was established, the first part of the award ceremony commenced and the four prize recipients were led up to the stage by kimono-clad students from the Asian Cultural Studies Department of Chikushi Jogakuen University.
After Fukuoka City Mayor Takashima Soichiro gave a speech and commented that this prize contributes to promoting international friendship and trust, His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino congratulated the laureates on their winning the prize. His address was followed by the report on the selection process by Prof. Akikawa Setsuo, Chair of the Fukuoka Prize Jury and President of Kyushu University.
After that Mayor Takashima and Mr.Kamata Michisada, Chair of the Yokatopia Foundation, presented the laureates award certificates decorated with exquisite Hakata-ori weaving and medals designed after cotton rose mallow, the official flower of the city. The laureates then gave their speeches, expressing their gratitude and joy in receiving the award and on behalf of the citizens of Fukuoka City, Ms. Harizuka Mizuki offered a congratulatory message, after which adorable children in ethnic costumes from Fukuoka International School presented the laureates and their companions with bouquets to thunderous applause.
Public Lectures 2012
Laureates introduced the ideas and thoughts of their specialized fields in their lectures, talks with panelists, and performances.
School Visits 2012
Laureates visited elementary, junior and high schools in Fukuoka to send valuable messages to the students.
Other Events 2012
Laureates shared their thoughts and views with local experts on their fields.
Download the Anuual Report 2012
You can download the annual report 2012 in Adobe PDF to check all the events and programs of the Fukuoka Prize 2012.