The Fukuoka Prize 2013 Event Reports
The Fukuoka Prize 2013 Award ceremony
- Thursday, September 12
- Fukuoka Symphony Hall (ACROS Fukuoka)
- Judy ONGG
The 24th Fukuoka Prize award ceremony was held, attended by Fukuoka citizens, foreign guests, and representatives from various fields to honor the laureates.
This year’s award ceremony opened with a glorious solo performance by the Korean opera singer Jung Se Hun, followed by the appearance of the four honorable laureates, making their way to the stage through the center of an auditorium resounding with applause from the audience.
Mr. Soichiro Takashima, Mayor of Fukuoka City, made a welcome address, in which he stated, “This year, here at the Asian Party - regenerated from the previous Asian Month as a creative initiative - we would like to link the laureates’ inspirations to a creation of new values”. This was followed by an address by His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino, and a report on the selection process by Professor Setsuo Arikawa, President of Kyushu University and Chair of the Fukuoka Prize Jury.
After that, Mr. Takashima and Mr. Michisada Kamata, Chair of the Fukuoka City International Foundation, presented an award certificate and a medal to each laureate. Following the acceptance speeches by the laureates, a representative of the Fukuoka residents gave a congratulatory message. When children of the Fukuoka International School presented flower bouquets to the prizewinners, the hall burst into a big round of applause.
At the second session of the ceremony, the four laureates had an interactive talk with the Fukuoka residents in the audience. Each laureate presented a topic, such as “What I prioritize in my activities” and “My dream”. Dr. Tetsu Nakamura expressed his expectation for the implications of the award, saying, “One should not place value on cultural difference as good or bad, superior or inferior. In terms of this perspective, this prize is playing a significant role”. Finally Mr. Jung Se Hun reappeared on the stage for another dynamic performance, in which he sang both the female and male parts by himself, brilliantly bringing the ceremony to a close.
Public Lectures 2013
Laureates introduced the ideas and thoughts of their specialized fields in their lectures, talks with panelists, and performances.
School Visits 2013
Laureates visited elementary, junior and high schools in Fukuoka to send valuable messages to the students.
Other Events 2013
Laureates shared their thoughts and views with local experts on their fields.
Download the Anuual Report 2013
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