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Kyoto Prize Library

Welcome to the Kyoto Prize Library

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Kyoto Prize Library

When Kyushu University greets a centenary of the foundation in 2011, the Inamori Foundation approve of the purpose of Kyushu University which wants to be built in a new education study foothold "opening up a century newly of the intellect" to contribute to the human and the society, while people in the world deepen gathering interchange and builds " Inamori Center building" in Ito campus and donates it as the 100th anniversary celebration. 
We show the will of sincere thanks for the support that the teachers of Kyushu University usually give to me more through the examination selection of Kyoto prize honoring business and the research aid business for the young researcher that Inamori Foundation sponsors.
In the building, we added the exhibition institution "Kyoto Prize Library" to introduce the activity of this foundation aimed at contributing to peace and prosperity of the human widely to a researcher, a cultured person visiting Kyushu University and a citizen including the children carrying the future.
We install a corner introducing by photograph panel of Kyoto prize and the summary of the Inamori Foundation, a corner "Kyoto Prize - intellect and a heart " that introduces the state of the award ceremony, a corner to be able to see "a message to the future" with a large-sized display and an information retrieval corner in the library.
We are happy if we have people utilize this library widely as an institution introducing the whole Kyoto prize business.

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Kyoto Prize Introduction

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The Kyoto Prize Medal and Diploma

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Information Corner

Opening Day Weekdays, closed on Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays and December 28th to Jan.4th
Opening Hour 9:00-17:00
Location 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395
Contact Administrative Department for Ito Campus
TEL:092-802-2433・2434   FAX:092-802-2439  E-Mail:itoktssomu@jimu.kyushu-u.ac.jp

The Kyoto Prize

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Kyoto Prize Presentation Ceremony

The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind. The Prize is presented annually in the following three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. Each category includes four fields from which Kyoto Prize laureates are selected, rotating on an annual basis. Consequently, while the Kyoto prize is awarded annually, each field is featured once every four years.
Laureates shall, in principle, be individuals (one person per category). However, in special cases a single Prize may be shared by more than one person. To be eligible for the Prize, laureates are required to attend the Prize presentation ceremony and related events held in Kyoto in November. The selection of the laureates is made without regard to nationality, race, sex, age, or religion. Each laureate is presented with a diploma, a 20-karat gold Kyoto Prize medal, and prize money of 50 million yen per category.
Candidates for the Kyoto Prize are nominated by international experts from Japan and other nations. After nominations are received, all candidates are reviewed by the Inamori Foundation's Kyoto Prize Selection Organization, comprised of three separate bodies; the Kyoto Prize Selection Committee; Kyoto Prize Committee; and Kyoto Prize Executive Committee. This three-tiered structure ensures an impartial selection process, which is the foundation's primary concern. As a distinctive feature, the Kyoto Prize Selection Organization consists entirely of Japanese members charged with ensuring a global perspective in the selection of candidates. Each year, the names of the committee members are disclosed when the laureates are announced.

Medal and Diploma

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The Kyoto Prize Diploma

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The Kyoto Prize Medal

The medal presented to the laureates in honor of their achievements was designed by Yoshiyuki Chosa (1915-2002), a metalsmith artisan and recipient of Japan's Order of Culture award. The design embodies the fusion of eternal nature and science as the foundation of human happiness. The center of the medal features a relief image of a camphor tree, an object of reverence since ancient times, symbolizing eternity. The medal is made of 20-karat gold, and adorned with four recrystallized emeralds and rubies called Inamori Stones. A calligraphic inscription on the Kyoto Prize Diploma is written each year by the president of the Myoshin-ji Temple School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism.

About Inamori Foundation

Inamori Foundation

Inamori Foundation was established on April 12th, 1984 by Dr.Kazuo INAMORI who is a current honorary chairman of KYOCERA Corporation and started the business in 1985.

For further information, please access to the website of Inamori Foundation.