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歴代の受賞者
1996〜2000 2001〜2005 2006〜2010 2011〜
*Titles given refer to the time of the prizes.
1996〜2000
The 1st Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (1996)
Regional Growth Prof. Dr. Widjojo Nitisastro, Economic Adviser to the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth in honor of his work as a policy planner who helped foster economic growth in Indonesia by encouraging the use of the market mechanism.(right) >>More >>Speech Text
Technological Innovation Prof. Yuan Longping, Director General, Hunan Hybrid Rice Research Center of China, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Technological Innovation in honor of his efforts to increase large-scale rice production by developing unique hybrid rice-breeding technology.(left) >>More >>Speech Text
Culture Mrs. Dara Kanlaya, Deputy Director of the Department of Literature and Mass Culture at the Laotian Ministry of Information and Culture, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture in honor of her efforts to preserve cultural heritage by compiling a library of palm-leaf manuscripts.(center) >>More >>Speech Text
The 2nd Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (1997)
Regional Growth Dr. Manmohan Singh, member of Parliament and former finance minister of India, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth to honor his work in successfully reforming the Indian economy by relaxing rigid economic policies and welcoming foreign investment.(right) >>More >>Speech Text
Technological Innovation Dr. Hyung Sup Choi, President of The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Technological Innovation in honor of his efforts to draw up and pursue a national strategy to develop industries by enhancing the role of engineers and skilled labor.(center) >>More >>Speech Text
Culture Prof. Jose Maceda, Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture to honor his achievement in studying the structures of Asian music and composing music based on this theory.(left) >>More >>Speech Text
The 3rd Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (1998)
Regional Growth Mr. Ni Runfeng, President and CEO of Sichuan Changhong Electronics Group, China, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth to honor his successfully turning a local military radar company into the largest color TV manufacturer in China.(right) >>More >>Speech Text
Technological Innovation Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia (RRIM), was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Technological Innovation in honor of its contribution to increasing production of natural rubber in Malaysia, and in other nations, by providing its original high-yield rubber plants and establishing industrial standards.(center) >>More >>Speech Text
Culture Mr. Kim Jeong Ok, founder and art director of the JAYU(freedom) theatre group, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture to honor his tireless efforts in creating universal theater play based on Asian ideas and methods, and his efforts in promoting exchange programs among Korean, Japanese and Chinese theatricians.(left) >>More >>Speech Text
The 4th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (1999)
Regional Growth Mr. Shi Wen Long, Chairman of Chi Mei Corporation, Taiwan, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth in honor of his successfully establishing the world's biggest ABS resin maker by introducing an employee shareholding system and establishing a lean, efficient organization.(center) >>More >>Speech Text
Technological Innovation Prof. Zhao Qiguo, former director of the Institute of Soil Science, Academia Sinica, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Technological Innovation in honor of his leadership role in the development and exploitation of land resources in China on the basis of his own soil atlas.(left) >>More >>Speech Text
Culture Mr. Dang Nhat Minh, film director and General Secretary of the Vietnam Cinema Association, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture in honor of his tireless efforts to make distinguished films that introduce the soul and sensitivities of Asian people to the world.(right) >>More >>Speech Text
The 5th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2000)
Regional Growth Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, Thailand, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth in honor of his efforts in promoting the development of a market economy in Thailand and trade liberalization and cooperation among ASEAN countries.(right) >>More >>Speech Text
Technological Innovation The Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Technological Innovation in honor of its contribution to biotechnology research with its impressive growth since its establishment in 1987 into the first major center of biological science research in Asia.(Founding Director, Dr. Y. H. Tan = left) >>More >>Speech Text
Culture Dr. Pinyo Suwankiri, a Thai architect, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture in honor of his over 30 years of devotion to preserving traditional Thai architecture through teaching and his own design work. His achievements have contributed to reviving traditional architecture in the region.(center) >>More >>Speech Text
2001〜2005
The 6th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2001)
Regional Growth Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Infosys Technologies Ltd., was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth in honor of his work in successfully founding Infosys Technologies and making it India's leading software company. (left) >>More >>Speech Text
Technological Innovation Dr. Ho-Wang Lee, President of the National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Technological Innovation in honor of his work in isolating the Hantaan virus, the cause of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, and developing a vaccine and diagnostic method.(center) >>More >>Speech Text
Culture The Nepal Bhasa Dictionary Committee, as an organization, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture in honor of its work in successfully compiling a dictionary of classic Newari. Nikkei believes this achievement will promote historical and cultural studies of Nepal and the surrounding region.(Excutive Editor, Mr. T. R. Kansakar = right) >>More >>Speech Text
The 7th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2002)
Regional Growth Prof. Dr. Vo-Tong Xuan, Rector, Angiang University, is awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth in honor of his significant work in successfully increasing rice production in the Mekong Delta region by introducing new strains and educating farmers.(right) >>More >>Speech Text
Technological Innovation The Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, is awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Technological Innovation in honor of its work in successfully isolating the Nipah virus, the cause of the animal-borne encephalitis that killed more than 100 people.(Head, Mr. Lam Sai Kit = center) >>More >>Speech Text
Culture Mrs. Christine Hakim, actress and film producer, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture in honor of her efforts to produce films that focus on the lives of ordinary people. Her collaborative efforts with others in Asian film industry have contributed to the development of Asian cinema.(left) >>More >>Speech Text
The 8th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2003)
Regional Growth Mr. Hun-Jai Lee, former Minister of Finance and Economy, Republic of Korea, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth in honor of his outstanding role in reviving South Korean economy in the face of the 1997 economic crisis, through bold financial reforms such as drastic realignment of major banks and massive injection of public funds.(center) >>More >>Speech Text
Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Yang Huanming, Professor & Director of Beijing Genomics Institute, China, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science, Technology and Innovation in honor of his outstanding role in leading the research group that became the world's first in sequencing the genome of long-grain rice (indica), a rice variety widely consumed across Asia.(left) >>More >>Speech Text
Culture Ms. Urvashi Butalia, author and co-founder of Kali for Women, India, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture in honor of her outstanding role as a co-founder of India's first feminist publishing house, introducing the nation's women's issues to readers around the world, and authoring a book "The Other Side of Silence" depicting the tragedy surrounding the subcontinent's partition into India and Pakistan from the women's perspectives.(right) >>More >>Speech Text
The 9th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2004)
Regional Growth Dr. Muhammad Yunus, managing director of Grameen Bank, Bangladesh, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth in honor of his outstanding role in developing and spreading the unique "microfinance" scheme as a tool for helping the poor out of financial hardship.(left) >>More >>Speech Text
Science, Technology and Innovation Prof. Dr. Yongyuth Yuthavong, senior researcher at National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science, Technology and Innovation in honor of his outstanding role in the research of malaria parasite and the development of science and technology research system in his country.(center) >>More >>Speech Text
Culture Prof. Albert Wendt, author from Samoa and professor at the University of Auckland, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture in honor of his creative works, introducing the traditions and cultures of Samoa and other Pacific Island nations, previously only passed down orally, in lyrical English for global readers.(right) >>More >>Speech Text
The 10th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2005)
Regional Growth Dr. Morris Chang
Chairman and CEO of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Taiwan, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth in honor of his outstanding role in establishing the pure foundry business model. TSMC currently holds approximately 50% of the world-wide pure foundry market, and is now the world 8th largest semiconductor company.(center) >>More
Science, Technology and Innovation Prof. Ko Myoung Sam
Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University, South Korea, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science, Technology and Innovation in honor of his outstanding role in founding the development of production lines in South Korea's semiconductor and electrical appliance industries, which now hold significant shares of the world market.(right) >>More
Culture Mr. Guo Dalie
Chairman of the Yunnan Province Society of Ethnology, China, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture in honor of his outstanding role in preserving the Naxi language in 1999 using a handmade textbook to teach pupils at Huangcun Primary School, which has many Naxi pupils. Guo Dalie and his wife also opened their home in Lijiang to the public as a Dongba Cultural Transmission Center, complete with a library in classroom. The unique forms of the Dongba script have become popular in Japan, with designers making use of the script on stickers, business cards and other commercial products.(left) >>More
2006〜2010
The 11th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2006)
Regional Growth Ms. Olivia Lum, CEO and President of Singapore's Hyflux Group, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth for her firm's development of the advanced NEWater system, which purifies waste water for drinking or industrial use.(right) >>More
Science, Technology and Innovation Mr. Philip Yeo, chairman of the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science, Technology and Innovation in honor of his strong leadership in drafting and implementing Singapore's science and technology strategy, particularly in biomedical sciences.(left) >>More
Culture Ms. Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, a Cambodian choreographer and dancer, was awarded the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture in honor of her outstanding role in restoring the nation's classical dance tradition.(center) >>More
The 12th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2007)
Regional Growth Mr. Mechai Viravaidya, chairman of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), a Thai NGO, received the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth for his efforts to bridge the gap between poor farm villagers and rich city dwellers in Thailand.(right)
Science, Technology and Innovation Mr. Chang Chun-yen, president emeritus of Taiwan's Chiao Tung University, received the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science, Technology and Innovation in honor of his strong leadership in Taiwan's semiconductor industry.(left)
Culture Mr. Gopal Venu, director of India's Natanakairali Research and Performing Center for Traditional Arts, won the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture for his contributions to the preservation and revitalization of Kutiyattam, the oldest surviving Sanskrit theater tradition in India.(center)
The 13th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2008)
Regional Growth The Center of Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims in China at China University of Political Science and Law, received the Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Growth for his efforts to promote public awareness of the environment, law-abiding spirit, and to supervise the proper enforcement of environmental laws by supporting legal actions by pollution victims.(Director, Mr. Wang Canfa = center)
Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. C.N.R. Rao, National Research Professor and Honorary President & Linus Pauling Research Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, received the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science, Technology and Innovation in honor of his contribution to solid state chemistry and spectroscopy by writing 1,500 publications. And as a chairperson on the Science Advisory Board of India under five prime ministers, he has contributed to policies for science and technology in India.(right)
Culture Mr. Ahn Sung-ki, South Korean film actor, won the Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture in honor of his activity as a cultural custodian and spokesperson of South Korean film culture on behalf of the entire film industry, and of his leadership in international co-productions involving Japan, China, South Korea.(left)
The 14th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2009)
Regional Growth Ms. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman of Biocon Limited, India, received the award for her achievements in establishing a business model that promotes innovation and intellectual excellence in the Indian pharmaceutical industry which has relied on both patent-expired as well as novel drugs. She is also regarded as a pioneering biotech entrepreneur in India.(center)
Science, Technology and Innovation Forest Research Institute Malaysia(FRIM), a leading institution in tropical forestry research in the region received the award in honor of its contribution as a leading institution in tropical forestry research in the region, with a 900 member workforce (200 researchers). Its main functions include the study of biodiversity for the sustainable use of natural resources, for the development of new products and for the conservation of forests.(Director-General, Dr. Abdul Latif Mohmod = left)
Culture Dr. Laretna T. Adishakti, Lecturer, Architect, and Heritage Activist of Indonesia, won the culture prize in honor of her activity spearheading a campaign to protect the city of Yogyakarta, the cultural heart of Java. She insists that local inhabitants should take action in protecting and utilizing their heritage. (right)
The 15th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2010)
Regional Growth Mr. Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia Bhd, Malaysia, received the award for his achievements in remaking the company into one of the most successful international airlines in Southeast Asia despite the recent economic slowdown of the airline industry. Under his leadership, the company revolutionized the air travel industry in the region by pioneering the discount carrier phenomenon. As a result, air travel became widely available for lower- and middle-income earners who had to spend long hours on trains and busses to travel in the region.(center)
Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Chen Ding-shinn, Distinguished Chair Professor of National Taiwan University College of Medicine & National Taiwan University Hospital received the award in honor of his accomplishment in discovering the link between the hepatitis B virus and liver cancer. His prizeworthy contribution in creating a public health program in Taiwan more than 20 years ago that has vaccinated nearly all newborns there against hepatitis B, drastically reduced the incidence of liver cancer.(left)
Culture Mr. Manteb Soedharsono, a "legendary" performer of the traditional Indonesian shadow puppet art of Wayang won the culture prize in honor of his activities delighting audiences around the world with performances full of originality for example, ones that blend the time-honored tools of his trade with modern music or that last for 24 consecutive hours. (right)
2011〜
The 16th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2011)
Regional Growth Mr. Antonio Meloto, Chairman of Gawad Kalinga, the Philippines, received the award for his commitment to improving the living conditions of the poor. He has made life better for residents in slum areas by constructing more than 200,000 homes in 2,000 communities in the Philippines and in other developing countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea.(center)
Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Wu Maw-Kuen, Director of Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan received the award in honor of his achievement of many results in the area of superconductivity research, such as the discovery of a substance that has an electrical resistance of zero even at a high temperature of minus 200 degrees Celsius. He has also contributed greatly to advancement of science and technology in Taiwan.(left)
Culture Mr. Bao Ninh, Vietnamese novelist, won the culture prize. He authored the novel "The Sorrow of War," a story based on his military service experience. He popularized Doi Moi (renovation) literature both at home and abroad. (right)
The 17th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2012)
Regional Growth Mr. Yang Yong, environmental activist, is the winner in the regional growth category. He has studied ecosystems and water quality along China's Yangtze River for more than 20 years, working to strengthen environmental conservation in the country.(left)
Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Chi-Huey Wong, is the winner in the science, technology and innovation category. He is the president of Taiwan's Academia Sinica and a leading researcher in the field of glycochemistry. His work has opened the way for the development of new vaccines and medicines.(center)
Culture Ms. Sybil Wettasinghe, a Sri Lankan writer and illustrator of children's books, is the recipient in the culture category. Her works, which draw upon Sri Lanka's cultural diversity and natural beauty, have been translated overseas and are loved by children around the world.(right)
The 18th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2013)
Regional Growth Mr. Truong Gia Binh, the chairman and CEO of FPT Corp., the largest information technology company in Vietnam, received the award in the category of regional growth. He not only contributed to the development of his own company but also to the development of IT business in Vietnam. He set up a software industry organization and a university to foster IT experts.(left)
Science, Technology and Innovation Dr. Tejraj Aminabhavi, the professor emeritus at Soniya Education Trust's College of Pharmacy, received the award for his contributions in the area of applied polymer science in the science, technology and innovation category. His contributions on molecular transport, separation, drug and pesticide delivery and other fields have led to a number of practical applications in the chemical industry and medicine.(right)
Culture Dr. Vann Molyvann, a Cambodian architect, won the culture prize. He built such famous landmarks as Olympic Stadium and Independence Monument. His buildings are uniquely designed with a mix of modern and traditional Cambodian elements. Under the rapid development of Phnom Penh, his buildings are in danger of being demolished.(center)
The 19th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2014)
Economic and Business
Innovation
Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty , a renowned cardiac surgeon and an entrepreneur received the award for his efforts to provide cutting-edge health care for millions of low-income people in India by driving down costs of hospital management and by creating an affordable insurance system for the poor.
Dr. Shetty’s business model offers insight for developed countries that are struggling with high rising medical costs. (right)
Science, Technology and Environment Dr. George Fu Gao is a worldwide leader analyzing enveloped viruses such as avian influenza virus. He presents mechanism of infection which leads to infection control to the world. He quickly analyzed the avian influenza virus of H7N9 subtype that occurred suddenly in 2013. He is a leader of research and prevention of infectious disease in China. (left)
Culture and Community The Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage’s Doi Tung Development Project changed the desolate lives of about 10000 residents depended mainly on opium growing and trading into legitimate self-reliant people by means of creating livelihood options and capacity building. This successful model is now applied across Thailand and in Myanmar, Indonesia, and Afghanistan. (center)
The 20th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2015)
Economic and
Business
Innovation 
Mrs. Mai Kieu Lien, Chairwoman and CEO of Vinamilk pioneered Vietnam's dairy product market and built Vinamilk into a leading force in the domestic industry. (center) >>Speech Text
Science, Technology and Environment Dr. Wang Yifang, director of the Institute of High Energy Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences lead an experiment aimed at solving one of the last remaining mysteries about neutrinos, a type of subatomic particle. (right) >>Speech Text
Culture and Community  The Asian Youth Orchestra, gathers 100 young musicians from across the region and gives them the opportunity to perform around the globe. The project promotes friendship and understanding through the common language of music. (left) >>Speech Text
The 20th Nikkei Asia Prize Winners (2015)
Economic and
Business
Innovation 
The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides free daily lunches to 1.5 million schoolchildren in India and motivated the government to make school lunches compulsory, helping to ensure kids can focus on their studies rather than their empty stomachs. (center)
Science and Technology Dr. Jiang Lei, Professor of Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science has paved the way for materials that mimic features of living organisms. The professor's findings have drawn worldwide attention and are opening doors to industrial innovation. (right)
Culture and Community Mr. Dogmid Sosorbaram, a Mongolian actor and singer, helped usher his country toward democracy through art. (left)
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