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April 14, 2010

Commendation for Science and Technology Winners

The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

The award ceremony for "The Commendation for Science and Technology" to honor those who have made noteworthy contributions either to the research and development of science and technology, or to advancing the understanding of science, was held at the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo on April 13, 2010. Thirteen researchers from RIKEN received the award.

After the award ceremony, the winners visited the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Commendation for Science and Technology Winners

Commendation for Science and Technology Winners

Mr. Fumio Isoda, Director-General, Research Promotion Bureau, MEXT and the winners from RIKEN

Mr. Fumio Isoda, Director-General, Research Promotion Bureau, MEXT and the winners from RIKEN

Prizes for Science and Technology

Research Category

Awarded for: Highly original research or development which has great potential to develop the science and technology of Japan (43 awards this fiscal year).

  • Dr. Kazuki Saito
    Deputy Director, RIKEN Plant Science Center
    (Main job: Professor, Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University)
  • Dr. Mikiko Sodeoka
    Chief Scientist, Synthetic Organic Chemistry Laboratory,
    RIKEN Advanced Science Institute
  • Dr. Hidenori Takagi
    Group Director, Complex Electron Systems Research Group,
    RIKEN Advanced Science Institute
  • Dr. Masashi Miyano
    Chief Scientist, Structural Biophysics Laboratory,
    RIKEN SPring-8 Center
    (Co-awarded with Dr. Tetsuji Okada, Professor, Faculty of Science, Gakushuin University)
  • Dr. Minoru Yoshida
    Chief Scientist, Chemical Genetics Laboratory,
    RIKEN Advanced Science Institute
  • Dr. Teruhiko Wakayama
    Team Leader, Laboratory for Genomic Reprogramming,
    RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
  • Dr. Yasuyoshi Watanabe
    Director, RIKEN Center for Molecular Imaging Science

Public Understanding Promotion Category

Awarded to: Persons who have advance the understanding of science and technology among young people and the general public, or have worked to spread knowledge about science and technology in a particular region (17 awards this fiscal year).

  • Dr. Toshikazu Ebisuzaki
    Chief Scientist, Computational Astrophysics Laboratory,
    RIKEN Advanced Science Institute

The Young Scientists' Prize

Awarded to: Young researchers under forty who have done groundbreaking or original research, or who have outstanding research ability. (85 awards this fiscal year).

  • Dr. Kazutoshi Katahira
    Senior Research Scientist, Materials Fabrication Laboratory,
    RIKEN Advanced Science Institute
  • Dr. Eiji Takahashi
    Senior Research Scientist, Intense Attosecond Pulse Research Team,
    RIKEN Advanced Science Institute
  • Dr. Naoya Tajima
    Senior Research Scientist, Condensed Molecular Materials Laboratory,
    RIKEN Advanced Science Institute
  • Dr. Jun-ichi Nakayama
    Team Leader, Laboratory for Chromatin Dynamics,
    RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
  • Dr. Makina Yabashi
    Team Leader, Beamline Construction Team, XFEL Project Head Office