The 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.
The Nikkei Asia Prizes are awarded annually in three areas of achievements. To acknowledge the works of winners (recipients) in today's fast-changing Asia, the titles of the three categories have been changed from this year to: "Economic and Business Innovation," "Science, Technology and Environment" and "Culture and Community."
Winners (recipients) may be an individual, group or organization in any Asian nations except 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.
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 of each nominee's achievements.
Winners of the Nikkei Asia Prizes will each be awarded three million yen as well as an award certificate. Winners are invited and obliged to attend the award ceremony which will be held in Tokyo in May.
Winners of the Nikkei Asia Prizes are announced in The Nikkei, The Nikkei Asian Review, and Nikkei's Websites.