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Event Schedule 2013

The Fukuoka Prize 2013 Award ceremony

Award ceremony
Date
Thursday, September 12
Venue
Fukuoka Symphony Hall (ACROS Fukuoka)
MC
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

Public Lecture by NAKAMURA Tetsu

Title
Securing Safe Water in Afghanistan - Thirty Years of International Medical Aid
Date
Saturday, September 14, 2013 (13:00-15:00)
Venue
Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka
Participants
700
Coordinator
SHIMIZU Hiromu (Professor of Kyoto University)
Guest
SUGAWARA Bunta (Actor, Representative of the Agriculture Production Corporation)

Public Lecture by Dr. NAKAMURA will be held in ACROS FUKUOKA on September 14, and he will introduce his idea and thought on his specialized field in his lecture, talks with panelists.

Public Lecture by Tessa MORRIS-SUZUKI

Title
A Journey Across Invisible Bridges to Asia: Re-Imagining East Asia From Regional Japan
Date
Sunday, September 15, 2013 (17:30-19:30)
Venue
Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka
Participants
210
Coordinator
TAKENAKA Chiharu (Professor of Rikkyo University)
Panelist
IYOTANI Toshio (Professor Emeritus of Hitotsubashi University)

Public Lecture by Professor Morris-Suzuki will be held in ACROS FUKUOKA on September 15, and she will introduce her idea and thought on her specialized field in her lecture, talks with panelists.

Public Lecture by Nalini MALANI

Title
For a More Progressive Society – The Potentials in Our World and Arts
Date
Saturday, September 14, 2013 (17:00-19:00)
Venue
Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka
Participants
210
Moderator
USHIROSHOJI Masahiro (Professor of Kyushu University)
Discussant
KOKATSU Reiko (Chief Curator of Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts)

Public Lecture by Ms. Nalini MALANI will be held in ACROS FUKUOKA on September 14, and she will introduce her idea and thought on her specialized field in her works, talks with panelists.

Public Lecture by Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL

Title
Apichatpong's Inspirations – A Story Behind His Works
Date
Sunday, September 15, 2013 (13:00-17:00)
Venue
IMS Hall
Participants
220
MC
ISHIZAKA Kenji (Director of Tokyo International Film Festival)
Guest
HARIKI Yasuhiro (Director of Focus on Asia)

Public Lecture by Mr. Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL will be held in IMS Hall on September 15, and he will introduce his idea and thought on his specialized field in his films, talks with panelists.