About the Nikkei Asia Prizes

- Nikkei Asia Prizes, which are awarded each year, are designed to recognize outstanding achievements that contribute to the region's sustainable development and to the creation of a better future for Asia.

- Nikkei Inc. established these awards in 1996 in commemoration of the company's 120th anniversary. The company publishes Japan's leading business newspaper, The Nikkei, and also operates online news services in Japanese, English, and Chinese languages, book publishing and compilation of the nation's most widely watched stock index.

Award Categories

- Nikkei Asia Prizes are awarded annually in three areas of achievements: "Economic and Business Innovation" "Science and Technology" and "Culture and Community."


- Winners may be an individual, group or organization in Asia, excluding Japan. Japanese individuals, groups or organizations are not eligible since part of the purpose of the awards is to promote understanding within Japan of other Asian nations.

- Winners must be of Asian origin and reside in an Asian country/territory for at least six months every year. Non-Japanese Asians who reside in Japan are eligible.


- As defined here, "Asia" includes East Asia (Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia), South Asia, as well as independent nations in the Pacific region, excluding Australia and New Zealand.


- Nominations are welcome from specialists in the award categories who know of worthy candidates. Although Japanese individuals/groups/organizations may not be winners, they may submit nominations. Self-nominations are not accepted. Names of nominators will be kept confidential.


- Judging will be based on each nominee's contributions to the region's sustainable development and to the creation of a better future for Asia. Consideration will also be given to the originality, impact, and newsworthiness of each nominee's achievements.


- Winners of the Nikkei Asia Prizes will each be awarded three million yen and an award certificate. Winners are invited and obliged to attend the award ceremony which will be held in Tokyo in May or June.


- Winners of the Nikkei Asia Prizes are announced in The Nikkei, The Nikkei Asian Review, and Nikkei's Websites. To review achievements of the past winners, please visit Nikkei Asia Prizes' Website at: http://www.nikkei-events.jp/asiaprizes/en/index.html


- Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic and Business Innovation is designed to recognize business and economic initiatives that improve living standards and stability in the region. Nominees may include: 1) entrepreneurs who have successfully developed industries and businesses with innovative business approach 2) policy planners who have successfully undertaken important work on economic reform and /or integration of economies in the region 3) individuals who have undertaken initiatives to eradicate poverty and / or responded effectively to social needs

- Nikkei Asia Prize for Science and Technology is designed to recognize scientific researches and technological innovations in various fields, ranging from bio, genome, information technology to medicine. Nominees may include: 1) researchers who have discovered new ways to protect the environments or recycle resources 2) researchers who have developed new species that increase harvests 3) medical doctors or scientists whose achievements benefit people in the region or in a country.

- Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture and Community is designed to recognize people who have made a difference through cultural, artistic or educational activities. Nominees may include artists, writers, craftsmen, festival organizers, leaders of projects to preserve and study historical heritage and coordinators of cultural activities in the region. Individuals or groups that provide indirect support for creative cultural activities and have great social impact are also eligible.

*Those who do not expressly fall under the above guidelines may also be nominated if their achievements benefit people in the region and are deemed to fall within one of the three categories.
Other Guidelines
- We aim to award outstanding achievements and contributions which were carried out within the past single decade.

- We would like you to search actively for not only individuals that have already received recognition, but also for those who are not so well known, but have conducted steady and sincere activities toward creating stable lives for people, contributing to prosperity.

- We would like you to nominate individuals who are active at present. Nominations of young people are welcome, if their work has received a certain amount of recognition already.

- We believe that there would be little significance in presenting the Nikkei Asia Prizes to individuals that have already received such awards as the Nobel Prize or the Kyoto Prize.