Asahi Prize

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The Asahi Prize ( Japanese 朝日 賞 , Asahi-shō ) is an annual award given by the media company Asahi Shimbun-sha . It is awarded in various categories to individuals as well as groups who have made outstanding achievements in the field of humanities and natural sciences or who have made outstanding contributions to cultural and social progress. The prize was awarded in 1929 on the 50th anniversary of the first issue of the Asahi Shimbun daily newspaper .

The prize was originally awarded in three categories: culture, welfare and physical fitness and was called the Asahi Culture Prize ( 朝日 文化 賞 , Asahi Bunkashō ) until it was renamed the Asahi Prize in 1979. Since 1992, the Asahi Shimbun bunka zaidan ( 朝日 新聞 文化 財 団 ; "Asahi Shimbun Cultural Foundation"; English "The Asahi Shimbun Foundation") has been responsible for organizing and awarding the prize. Usually up to five people are honored. The winners will be announced in early January. The award ceremony will take place at the end of January together with the presentation of the Osaragi Jirō Prize and the Osaragi Jirō Critic's Prize ( 大佛 次郎 論壇 賞 ). The laureates will receive a bronze statuette in the form of a woman and prize money of 5 million yen.

So far, 459 individuals and 27 groups have received awards (as of 2015).

Award winners

1929 to 1930

1931 to 1940

  • 1933
    • Ihara Toshirō (theater critic and stage poet) - for his three works: Nihon Engekishi ( 日本 演劇 史 , about: History of Japanese Drama ), Kinsei Nihon Engekishi ( 近世 日本 演劇 史 , about: History of Modern Japanese Drama ) and Meiji Engekishi ( 明治演劇 史 , for example: History of the Meiji Period Acting )
    • Yokoyama Taikan (painter) - for the 20th exhibition of the Japanese Art Academy: Mushi no ne

1941 to 1950

  • 1945
    • no awards

1951 to 1960

1961 to 1970

1971 to 1980

1981 to 1990

1991 to 2000

2001 to 2010

  • 2010

2011 to 2020

Asahi special price

The special award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions through years of international or social commitment and whose merit cannot be assigned to the award categories.

Web link

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Website of the Asahi Shimbun
  2. Website of the Asahi Shimbun bunka zaidan (Japanese)
  3. Website of the Asahi Shimbun Foundation ( Memento from April 13, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) (English and Japanese)
  4. Illustration of the statuette made by the sculptor Satō Chūryō
  5. The Asahi Prize , accessed May 27, 2017
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