The Asahi Prize was established in 1929 to honor individuals and groups that have made outstanding accomplishments in the fields of academics and arts, and have greatly contributed to the development and progress of Japanese culture and society at large.

The Asahi Shimbun Company is pleased to announce the recipients of the Asahi Prize for fiscal 2022 as listed below.

The Prize is regarded as one of the most prestigious prizes awarded by a nongovernmental entity. Many recipients of the Asahi Prize have later been honored with a Nobel Prize or the Order of Culture decoration. A total of 487 individuals and 28 groups have received the Prize since its inception (as of fiscal 2022).

Moreover, Asahi Special Prize honors individuals and groups that have continued to offer international or social dedication over the years, demonstrating exceptional results in fields not covered by the Asahi Prize.

Recipients of the Asahi Prize


[ Recipients of the Asahi Prize for Fiscal 2022 ] (honorifics omitted, in random order)

Miyako Ishiuchi, photographer:
For her achieving a photographic expression that continues to directly confront memory and time

Kojin Karatani, philosopher and critic:
For his penetrating literary criticism and the international permeation of his unique philosophy

Makoto Fujita, university distinguished professor at the University of Tokyo:
For his creating self-assembling molecular systems in nano-space and pursuing applications for such systems

Hiroyuki Mano, director of the Research Institute at the National Cancer Center:
For his playing a leading role in the discovery of lung cancer fusion genes and cancer genome treatment

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Recipients of the Asahi Prize


[ Recipients of the Asahi Prize for Fiscal 2021 ] (honorifics omitted, in random order)

Machi Tawara, poet:
For her creative activities to transmit the charm of modern tanka poetry and spread its base of fans

Kazuko Matsuoka, translator:
For translating all the plays of Shakespeare

Ryoichiro Kageyama, director of the RIKEN Center for Brain Science:
For his breakthroughs concerning biological clock genes that control the development process

Keiko Torii, Johnson and Johnson Centennial Chair in Plant Cell Biology and professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Texas at Austin:
For her breakthroughs on growth control of plants and the development mechanism of stomata

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Recipients of the Asahi Prize


[ Recipients of the Asahi Prize for Fiscal 2020 ] (honorifics omitted, in random order)

Haruomi Hosono,musician:
For his musical endeavors that led to major changes in popular music

Daido Moriyama,photographer:
For his achievements over 60 years during which he has continued to pursue the true nature of photography

Tsai Jaw-Shen,professor at the Tokyo University of Science and team leader of the Superconducting Quantum Simulation Research Team at the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science:
Yasunobu Nakamura, professor at the University of Tokyo and group director of the Superconducting Quantum Electronics Research Group at the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science:

For creating superconducting qubit that has contributed to advances in quantum information technology

Takuro Mochizuki, professor at Kyoto University's Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences:
For research in harmonic bundles and twistor D-modules

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[ Recipients of the Asahi Prize for Fiscal 2019 ] (honorifics omitted, in random order)

Yoko Tawada, author and poet:
For her creative activities that allow her to cross national borders through her command of both Japanese and German

Yanagiya Kosanji, rakugo comic storyteller:
For his efforts to pass on Edo Period rakugo as well as his flexible storytelling skills

Michinori Saito, Kyoto University professor:
For discovering the developmental mechanism of reproductive cells and producing such cells in test tubes

Tetsuya Higashiyama, Nagoya University professor:
For discovering the process of plant fertilization

[ Recipient of the Asahi Prize Special Award for Fiscal 2019 ]

Takeyoshi Tanuma,photographer :
For his 70-year career as a photographer and his considerable contributions to photography

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[ Recipients of the Asahi Prize for Fiscal 2018 ] (honorifics omitted, in random order)

Akira Koba, law scholar and professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo:
For research on historical foundations of politics, democracy and laws

Hirokazu Kore-eda, movie director and TV director:
For achievements in filmmaking, such as winning the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival

Tatsuaki Okamoto, NTT fellow:
For design of pioneering secret codes and development of safety theory

Tatsuya Hirano, senior researcher at Riken research institute:
For discovery of condensins and research on chromosome assembly


[ Recipients of the Asahi Prize for Fiscal 2017 ] (honorifics omitted, in random order)

Fram Kitagawa, art director:
For vitalization of local areas and cultures through art festivals whose stages are set on village-vicinity mountains and islands

Jakucho Setouchi, author and Buddhist priest:
For activities as an author to improve women's status and social activities toward peace

Mahito Kohmoto, former associate professor, Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo:
For introduction of topology into condensed matter physics

Masashi Yanagisawa, director, International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, University of Tsukuba:
For discovery of orexin and research concerning sleep/wake regulation

[ Recipients of the Asahi Prize for Fiscal 2016 ] (honorifics omitted, in random order)

Nobuo Tsuji, art historian:
For great contributions to the history of Japanese art, such as re-evaluation of “eccentric painters”

Moto Hagio, comic artist:
For innovative expression in comics and creative activities for many years

Hiraku Nakajima, professor, Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University:
For geometric representation theory and its contribution to mathematical physics

Element 113 study group, representative Kosuke Morita:
For discovery and naming of element 113, nihonium (Nh)

[ Recipient of the Asahi Prize Special Award for Fiscal 2016 ]

Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations:
For international contributions through the rescue of sufferers and the campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons

[ Fiscal 2015 ]

Kazushi Ono,conductor:
For energetic activities in Japan and abroad as a conductor

Tota Kaneko,haiku poet:
For leading contemporary haiku throughout postwar years

Shinji Murai,professor emeritus,0saka Univerity:
For developing an innovative synthetic method based on the activation of unreactive bonds

Masayuki Yamamoto,director-general,National Institute for Basic Biology:
Yoshinori Watanabe,professor,Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences,The University of Tokyo:

For clarifying the molecular mechanism related to meiosis


[ Fiscal 2014 ]

Shigeru Ban, architect:
For design activities based on fresh ideas and support to areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami through architecture

Taichi Yamada, screenwriter:
For leading the production of Japanese television dramas for many years

Satoshi Omura, distinguished emeritus professor, Kitasato University:
For discovering and developing anti-parasitic drugs and contributing to global health services

Hiroaki Mitsuya, professor, Kumamoto University; principal investigator & chief, Experimental Retrovirology Section, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute of the United States:
For discovering anti-AIDS drugs and contributing to the establishment of treatment methods


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[ Fiscal 2013 ]

Takarazuka Revue Company
For Takarazuka Revue's 100-year-long contribution to Japan's performing arts

Tatsuya Nakadai, actor
For long years of activities as an actor and contribution to the theater and movie worlds through nurturing of junior fellows

Kenji Kosaka, director, Medical Care Court Clinic
For discovering dementia with Lewy bodies

Kazutoshi Mori, professor, Kyoto University
For the elucidation of the endoplasmic reticulum stress response


[ Fiscal 2012 ]

Juro Kara, playwright
For creating illusionary dramas and producing unique stage performances in outdoor tents

Hiroyuki Matsunami, professor emeritus, Kyoto University
For conducting pioneering studies on silicon carbide used in power semiconductors

Nobuo Kamiya, professor, Osaka City University
Kenjin Shin, professor, Okayama University

For clarifying the molecular structure of oxygen-evolving center of Photosystem II


[ Fiscal 2011 ]

Tadanori Yokoo, artist
For creating innovative graphic designs and paintings that constantly resonate with the current times

Isao Tomita, composer
For worldwide activities as music composer and sound creator

Chizuko Ueno, sociologist
For research and practice in women’s studies, feminism and care issues

Hidetoshi Katori, professor, The University of Tokyo
For research on the optical lattice clock

Shimon Sakaguchi, professor, Osaka University
For explaining the mechanism of immunological tolerance through the discovery of regulatory T cells


[ Fiscal 2010 ]

Natsuki Ikezawa, writer
For his distinguished work as a writer and critic, and compiling a literary collection from a global standpoint

Masazumi Harada, medical doctor
For proposing and developing an interdisciplinary "Minamata Study" through his medical research on the Minamata disease

Spacecraft "Hayabusa" Project Team - Hayabusa Project Manager: Junichiro Kawaguchi, professor, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA); Representative of industrial community: Shinji Hagino, Senior Manager, Space & Satellite Systems Department Space Systems Division NEC Corporation; Representative of academia: Kazuo Tsuchiya, professor emeritus, Kyoto University
For the world's first successful asteroid probe to travel through space and return from its mission, made possible through the collaboration of industry, government and academia

Hideo Hosono, professor, Frontier Research Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology
For discovery and development of brand new transparent oxide semiconductors and metals


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[ Fiscal 2009 ]

Toyo Ito, architect
For his distinguished work in modern architecture that expanded the possibilities of notions of space

Hideki Noda, playwright, theater director, actor
For breaking new ground in modern theater, and promoting international exchange through theater arts

Kenji Fukaya, professor, Kyoto University Graduate School of Science
For his research in symplectic geometry

Chikashi Toyoshima, professor, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, University of Tokyo
For clarifying the mechanical operation of the calcium pump

Gen Suwa, professor, University Museum, University of Tokyo
For his research related to the earliest stages of human evolution, including the Ardipithecus ramidus


[ Fiscal 2008 ]

Shigeru Mizuki
For his contribution to the manga comic culture through his wide range of original works featuring specters and portrayals of the horrors of war

Hisae Sawachi
For her distinguished works of nonfiction that pursued the truth behind major incidents during the Showa Era leading up to World War II

Minoru Betsuyaku
For his brilliant, longstanding work as a playwright, who laid the foundation for establishing the “theater of the absurd” in Japan

Yoshinori Osumi
For clarifying the molecular dissection of the autophagy, intracellular degradation system


[ Fiscal 2007 ]

Momoko Ishii
For her continued dedication to children’s literature, including her translation of “Winnie-the-Pooh”

Sumitayu Takemoto
For his significant contribution and services to Bunraku puppetry and for establishing his artistic style as the most accomplished Tayu (narrator) in the current Bunraku theater

Terunobu Miyazaki and Shinji Yuasa
For their research on the development and application of Tunnel Magnetoresistance (TMR)

Yukio Fukuyama, Tatsushi Toda and Tamao Endo
For their discovery and findings on Fukuyama Type Congenital Muscular Dystrophy and the elucidation of related diseases

Shinya Yamanaka
For development and verification of a new method to generate pluripotent stem cells


[ Fiscal 2006 ]

Seiko Tanabe
For her outstanding literary work culminating in the completion of “Tanabe Seiko Zenshu” (The Complete Works of Seiko Tanabe, 24 volumes and one supplementary volume)

Haruki Murakami
For his literary works that have been translated into numerous languages across the world, drawing wide support from the younger generation

Mansaku Nomura
For his contribution to a wide range of theatrical arts as well his outstanding performances in the Japanese classical Kyogen theater

Mitsuo Kawato
For his presentation of the cerebellum internal model theory and its verification; and clarifying brain functions by using a humanoid robot

Takao Kondo
For research on the molecular mechanism of the biological clock

Osamu Shimomura
For the discovery of green fluorescent protein and his contributions to the field of life science


[ Fiscal 2005 ]

Kyoko Hayashi
For her outstanding literary works which culminated in the “Hayashi Kyoko Zenshu”(The Complete Works of Kyoko Hayashi, 8 volumes)

Hiroyuki Iwaki
For introducing a wide-range of contemporary Japanese music to a world-wide audience through his energetic work as a conductor

Shoichi Ozawa
For his outstanding work as an actor as well as his dedication to recording and reappraising the art of Japanese traditional street performers

Yoshiki Kuramoto
For his pioneering research on the nonlinear model of the synchronization phenomenon

Shizuo Akira
For his research on the mechanism of pathogen recognition in natural immunity

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[ Fiscal 2004 ]

Minoru Nakamura
For his distinguished work as a poet and his services for the literary museum, culminating in the book “Watashino Showa-shi" (My personal history of the Showa period)

Toshiko Akiyoshi
For her contribution to developing and spreading jazz music as a pianist and big band leader based in the United States

Fumitada Itakura
For developing the sound compression technology which serves as the basis of cell phones

Keiji Tanaka
For defining the structure and mechanism of proteasome in relation to protein degradation

[ Fiscal 2003 ]

Ikuo Hirayama
For his outstanding work as an artist during his distinguished career, and his international dedication to the preservation of cultural heritages

Saiichi Maruya
For his distinguished literary works over many years, and his latest book titled “Kagayaku Hinomiya” (The Shining Prince)

Hideki Kanbara
For developing a high-throughput DNA-sequencing device

Yasushi Miyashita
For clarifying the memory mechanism of the cerebrum

[ Fiscal 2002 ]

Rei Kawakubo
For her distinguished work that breaks boundaries of creativity and makes her one of the world's fashion leaders

Saburo Shiroyama
For his outstanding literary work and creating a new genre of “business fiction” spotlighting the relationship between individuals and organizations

Kazuya Kato
For his research on the number theory

Kohei Tamao
For groundbreaking research and development on organo-metallic chemical reactions

[ Fiscal 2001 ]

Michiko Ishimure
For her creative work that points to the crisis our ecosystem faces due to environmental destruction

Hayao Miyazaki
For the production of outstanding animation movies

Takayasu Higuchi
For his pioneering archeological studies and shedding new light on cultural exchanges between the East and the West

Jun Akimitsu
For the discovery of a new high temperature-metal superconductor

Yoshinori Tokura
For research work on strongly correlated electronic matter

[ Fiscal 2000 ]

Hisashi Inoue
For his creative work that integrates elements of the intellectual and the average people into contemporary history

Yayoi Kusama
For her avant-garde artistic activities that greatly affected post-war art around the world

Sensaku Shigeyama
For his contribution to the promotion of Kyogen as an art form for the general public through his brilliant spontaneous stage performances

Isamu Akasaki and Shuji Nakamura
For their research and development of a blue light emitting device

Mitsuhiro Yanagida
For his research on the mechanism of chromosome transmission to the next generation

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[ Fiscal 1999]

Tsurumi Kazuko
Tetsuji Miwa / Michio Jinbo
Akiko Baba
Yukio NInagawa
Tatsuo Suda
Seiji Ogawa

[ Recipient of the Asahi Prize Special Award for Fiscal 1999 ]

Sadako Ogata:
For her unwavering dedication to international services, especially for the resolution of the refugee issue

[ Fiscal 1998]

Michio Mado
Yuzo Yamane
Osamu Suzuki
The Super-Kamiokande Observatory group ( Representative: Yoji Totsuka)
Toshio Yanagida


[ Fiscal 1997]

Donald Keene
Hayao Kawai
Ikkou Tanaka
Tamao Yoshida
Kenichi Iga
Shigekazu Nagata


[ Fiscal 1996]

Makoto Ooka
Mitsuko Uchida
Yoji Yamada
Shizuka Shirakawa
Sumio Iijima
Fujihiro Araki


[ Fiscal 1995]

Shuntaro Tanikawa
The late Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki
Beicho Katsura
Taryo Obayashi
Shukuro Manabe
Nobutaka Hirokawa


[ Fiscal 1994]

Yoshie Hotta
Kenzaburo Oe
Tadao Ando
Shunsuke Tsurumi
Makoto Kobayashi/ Toshihide Masukawa
Kosaku Maruyama


[ Fiscal 1993]

Shuichi Kato
Tatsuo Nishida
Shuhei Fujisawa
Isuzu Yamada
Hiroo Kanamori
Masatoshi Takeichi


[ Fiscal 1992]

Toshiaki Okubo
Fumihiko Maki
Hiroshi Wakasugi
Shunshin Chin
Shoichi Sakagami
Ryoji Noyori


[ Fiscal 1991]

Issei Miyake
Shotaro Yasuoka
Shuson Kato
Kiyotari Tsuboi
Goro Shimura
Tomoo Masaki


[ Fiscal 1990]

Hidekazu Yoshida
Shujiro Shimada
Senichiro Hakomori
Akira Miyawaki
Masato Sagawa

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[ Fiscal 1989]

Setsuko Migishi
Seicho Matsumoto
Yoko Morishita
Tatsusaburo Hayashiya
Masaji Kiyokawa
Kumao Toyoshima/ Tadashi Yamamoto
Tomisaku Kawasaki


[ Fiscal 1988]

Setsu Asakura
Churyo Sato
Hiroshi Noma
Nagaharu Yodogawa
Seishi Yamaguchi
Hirotsugu Akaike
Tadamitsu Kishimoto
Tadatsugu Taniguchi


[ Fiscal 1987]

Arata Isozaki
Osamu Tezuka
Hanae Mori
Tadao Umesao
Masaki Kashiwara/ Takahiro Kawai
The Kamioka Observatory group (Representative: Masatoshi Koshiba)
Hisayuki Matsuo


[ Fiscal 1986]

Kashiko Kawakita
Yukihiko Nakamura
Motoo Kimura
Akira Tonomura
Kiyoshi Takatsuki/ Isao Miyoshi/ Yorio Hinuma/ Mitsuaki Yoshida
Junichi Tomizawa


[ Fiscal 1985]

Masao Maruyama
Junji Kinoshita
Seiji Ozawa
Kazuo Miyagawa
Izuo Hayashi
Yasutomi Nishizuka


[ Fiscal 1984]

Yasushi Inoue
Toru Takemitsu
Yoshishige Saito
The production team of the documentary program, "The Silk Road", Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)
Junichi Nishizawa
Michiaki Takahashi


[ Fiscal 1983]

Ineko Sata
Yusaku Kamekura
Toyomune Minamoto
Masaki Watanabe
Shiro Kakiuchi
Hidesaburo Hanabusa


[ Fiscal 1982]

Yoshio Nakano
Toshihiko Izutsu
Ryotaro Shiba
Kenichi Honda/ Akira Fujishima
Shosaku Numa/ Shigetada Nakanishi


[ Fiscal 1981]

Gaishi Takeuchi
Morio Kasai
Susumu Tonegawa
Tasuku Honjo
Jun Ishikawa
Tomio Tada


[ Fiscal 1980]

Yaeko Nogami
The observation team of the X-ray astronomy satellite Hakucho (Representative: Minoru Oda)
Isao Arita
Ohara Museum of Art

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[ Fiscal 1979]

Shigemi Komatsu
Jun Kondo
Type B hepatitis research group (Representative: Toshitsugu Oda)
Yasumasa Miki
Masaji Tabata


[ Fiscal 1978]

Takeo Kanaseki
Takashi Asahina
Ken Domon
Setsuya Fujita


[ Fiscal 1977]

Shigeharu Nakano
Koreya Senda
The researchers who developed the stationery satellite [ Representative: Akiyoshi Matsuura, president, National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA)]
Masami Monji/ Toshiro Saeki
Kiyoshi Ito


[ Fiscal 1976]

Yoshihiko Saito
Kiyoshi Kanai
Reiji Natori
Shinsuke Hattori

[ Fiscal 1975]

Shohei Ooka
Kaneto Shindo
Yusuke Hagihara
Yoshimitsu Kikuchi/ Toshio Wagai
The research group at the Oarai Branch, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University (Representative: Seishi Yajima)


[ Fiscal 1974]

Kanson Arahata
Yasue Yamamoto
Takeo Kuwabara
Tamio Yamakawa
Fumio Osawa


[ Fiscal 1973]

Joji Tsubota
Takeshiro Kuraishi
Masao Suenaga
Kimishige Ishizaka/ Teruko Ishizaka
Sachio Hayakawa


[ Fiscal 1972]

Tatsuo Hayashi
Japan-China Cultural Exchange Association (Representative: Kenzo Nakajima)
Yaeko Mizutani
Fusae Ichikawa
Sho Asakura/ Tetsuo Iino
Hideo Hayashi


[ Fiscal 1971]

Kazuo Watanabe
Toshio Fukuyama
Jisaburo Oi
Yoshio Okada


[ Fiscal 1970]

Hisao Otsuka
Kojiro Yoshikawa
Saburo Nagakura
Reiji Okazaki

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[ Fiscal 1969]

Kiyoshi Yabuuchi
Mikio Sato/ Hikosaburo Komatsu
Hikoo Shirakabe/ Heizaburo Ichikawa/ Kenji Kumakura


[ Fiscal 1968]

Seiichi Iwao
Haruko Sugimura
Setsuro Ebashi
The primate research group led by Denzaburo Miyaji and Imanishi Kinji


[ Fiscal 1967]

Masao Fukushima and the“family system”research group
Osamu Takata
Tsunematsu Takemoto/ Koji Nakanishi
Heisuke Hironaka


[ Fiscal 1966]

Hisataka Omodaka
Takeshi Hayashi
Osamu Takizawa
Kyusaku Ogino
Fujio Egami
The Minamata disease study group at the School of Medicine of Kumamoto University (Representative: Masachika Kutsuna)


[ Fiscal 1965]

Noboru Niida
Takao Tsuchiya
Yukio Yashiro
Akira Kurosawa
Chushiro Hayashi
Yoshio Nakazawa/ Tatsuo Saeki


[ Fiscal 1964]

Mosaku Ishida
Kansuke Naka
Jiro Osaragi
Shiko Munakata
Kenzo Tange
Tokyo Cinema Co. (Representative: Sozo Okada)
The engineering group at the then-state-run Japanese National Railways, that developed the "Shinkansen" ( bullet train ) - Representative: Hideo Shima
Osamu Hayaishi
Kyosuke Tsuda, Yoshimasa Hirata, Isamu Nitta/ Akira Yokoo
Tsunesaburo Fujino, Iwao Takikawa, Hideo Fukumi, Riichi Sakazaki


[ Fiscal 1963]

The editing group for the compilation of "Kokushi Taikei" ( the earliest historical writings of Japan ) - Representative: Jiro Maruyama
Yagoro Zenchiku
Masuichi Midoro
Kisaku Ito
The late Masatsugu Kusumoto
Yoshihide Kozai
Yoshiro Ono
Seiji Kimoto
Shigeru Sakakibara
Gito Teruoka


[ Fiscal 1962]

Sueji Umehara
Hanjiro Sakamoto
Keizo Shibusawa
Shotaro Hanayagi
Yozo Matsushima
Shuji Fukui, Shigenori Miyamoto
The construction office, at the Kurobe River No.4 Power Plant (Representative: Masanori Nose)
Heita Okabe


[ Fiscal 1961]

Shin Hasegawa
Kunio Maekawa
Rentaro Kota
Juro Tabuchi
Yasuji Katsuki
Osaka University, magnetic theory research group (Representative: Takeo Nagamiya)
Shigeo Takahara


[ Fiscal 1960]

Sokichi Tsuda
Sadatoshi Yasugi
Gakuryo Nakamura
Maki Yamashita
Tatsuro Matsumoto
Toshio Kato
Kazuo Okunuki

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[ Fiscal 1959]

Muneyoshi Yanagi
Kabuki actor Jukai Ichikawa (Real name: Shozo Ota)
Hidetoshi Takahashi, Eiichi Goto
Reona Esaki
Kenkichi Iwasawa
Yuichi Yamamura


[ Fiscal 1958]

Research group of the history of agricultural development (Representative: Seiichi Tohata)
Takeo Matsumura
Hamao Umezawa
Keizo Yasumatsu
Tadayori Tobita


[ Fiscal 1957]

Rizo Takeuchi
Hiroshi Toda
Shizo Kanaguri


[ Fiscal 1956]

Ryuzaburo Umehara
The late Kikan Ikeda
Toranosuke Nishioka
Toshio Sudo
Takusaburo Kihara


[ Fiscal 1955]

Eiji Yoshikawa
Ken Yanagisawa/ Toshiaki Ebina/ Yoji Obayashi/ Tadao Toda/ Yuzo Kawamori
Shizuo Miyake/ Ryoji Ueda


[ Fiscal 1954]

Daisetsu Suzuki
Mashiho Chiri
Harumichi Oka/ Hideo Kumabe
Chuji Tsuboi


[ Fiscal 1953]

Zennosuke Tsuji
Jitsuzo Tamura/ Yukio Kobayashi
Kiyoshi Oka
Koichi Motokawa


[ Fiscal 1952]

The research committee on Chinese agricultural practices (Representative: Noboru Niida)
Ken Iwasaki
Toshiyuki Kurotsu


[ Fiscal 1951]

Japan Symphony Orchestra (The current NHK Symphony Orchestra)
Tetsuo Nozoe
Tomizo Yoshida


[ Fiscal 1950]

Yukichi Habara
Seiichi Mizuno/ Toshio Nagahiro
Isao Imai
Shigeru Miki


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[ Fiscal 1949]

Keiichi Harada
Kenzo Hayashi
Masashi Miyaji


[ Fiscal 1948]

Junichiro Tanizaki
The educational movie department of Nihon Eiga Sha
Shoichi Sakata


[ Fiscal 1947]

Shigeki Kaizuka
Motosaburo Masuyama


[ Fiscal 1946]

Shinichiro Tomonaga
Waro Nakahara


[ Fiscal 1945]

Prize award discontinued


[ Fiscal 1944]

Yoshio Nishina
Teishin Seo
Toa Koko Gakkai(Toa archeological society)(Representative: Kozaburo Shimamura)
Mazaburo Umewaka
Hisao Omata/ Hisayoshi Tanaka/ Kiyoshi Shimazaki/ Sadaji Sakamoto/ Hideo Morimatsu/ Ishio Hahiro


[ Fiscal 1943]

Aikitsu Tanakadate
Satoyasu Iimori
Masao Naruse
Jun Kawada
Tetsuji Morohashi
Saburo Miyamoto


[ Fiscal 1942]

Tsuguharu Fujita
Kenichi Nakamura
Kiyoshi Nobutoki
Toyoo Iwata
Nihon Eiga Sha
Eiza Yoshida/ Bungoro Yoshida
Tamotsu Nishina
Shuji Hasegawa
Yoshio Sakai/ Kenji Hishinuma/ Toku Yo


[ Fiscal 1941]

Iwao Kugimiya/ Hiroshi Arima/ Kenji Kano
Yutaka Kubota/ Tokihiko Sato/ Shoji Tamaki
Matsukichi Miyoshi/ Kenichiro Kazaoka
Yukihiko Yasuda


[ Fiscal 1940]

Shinobu Ishihara
Gyokudo Kawai
Seizo Sato
Seichi Taki
Kunio Yanagida
Kosaku Yamada


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[ Fiscal 1939]

Kansetsu Hashimoto
Ryohei Koiso
Ashihei Hino
Makoto Kawase/ Toru Ogawa/ Toshio Yokota
Tatsuzo Miyama/ Ryonosuke Abe
Koki Kudo
Taro Tsukada
Sumitoshi Nakao/ Shigeo Yoshida/ Hajime Shimokawa/ Hiroshi Saeki/ Nobusada Sato/ Chosaku Yaokawa


[ Fiscal 1938]

Seigo Hosoya
Yuzo Fujita/ Fukujiro Takahashi/ Chikayoshi Sekine


[ Fiscal 1937]

Shohei Tanaka
Masaaki Inuma/ Kenji Tsukagoshi


[ Fiscal 1936]

Tomitaro Makino
Kinjiro Okabe
Shigeyasu Tokunaga


[ Fiscal 1935]

Toson Shimazaki
Heiichi Mukiyama
Hisashi Kimura


[ Fiscal 1934]

Kotaro Tanaka
Takashi Takamatsu
Jigoro Kano


[ Fiscal 1933]

Toshiro Ihara
Taikan Yokoyama


[ Fiscal 1932]

Junjiro Takakusu
Kunishiro Mitsuya
Junichi Suzuki
Kinsaku Nakanishi


[ Fiscal 1931]

Shozaburo Hoshino/ Samuro Yamamoto


[ Fiscal 1930]

Nobutsuna Sasaki
Tadaoki Yamamoto
Ryushi Kawabata
Minoru Uchida


[ Fiscal 1929]

Shoyo Tsubouchi
Toyotaro Suhara
Seison Maeda

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