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The Future of Asia 2012

Nikkei Awards 3 People For Contributions To Asia

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Nikkei Inc. on Wednesday awarded the 2013 Nikkei Asia Prizes to three people who have made significant contributions to Asia in the areas of regional growth; science, technology and innovation; and culture.

Truong Gia Binh, 57, chairman and CEO of FPT Corp., Vietnam's largest IT company, received the award in the category of regional growth for his contribution to the development of his country's software industry.

Tejraj Aminabhavi, 66, professor emeritus at Soniya Education Trust's College of Pharmacy, received the award in the category of science, technology and innovation for his development of a polymer membrane that can be applied to medicines.

Vann Molyvann, 86, an architect who has designed such famous landmarks as the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, won the culture prize.

Fujio Mitarai, who chairs the selection committee and is honorary chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), suggested that selecting the winners was not easy, saying, "We had more excellent candidates than usual."

The ceremony for the Nikkei Asia Prizes, which began in 1996, was held at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

(The Nikkei, May 22 evening edition)

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.