The Japan Foundation Award 50th Anniversary Messages from Previous Awardees

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Japan Foundation Awards, which were launched in 1973, the year after the establishment of the Japan Foundation.

During this period, the Japan Foundation has been promoting international cultural exchange and enhancing understanding of international cultural exchange through the recognition of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions and are expected to contribute further to the promotion of international mutual understanding and friendship through their academic, artistic, and other cultural pursuits, in the fields of the Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas, and Japanese Studies and Global Partnerships.

In celebrating this milestone year of the 50th anniversary, we have received valuable messages from a great number of past awardees who have made outstanding achievements and played a significant role in international cultural exchange in their respective fields.

These messages, written from the rich perspectives of each awardee's footprints, tell us about the award's historical background, dating back to the 1970s, the initiatives and efforts of international cultural exchange during these 50 years, the latest activities, and expectations for the future, which we believe will be very useful and encouraging for those who are involved or aspire to be involved in international cultural exchange in this day and age.

We hope that by posting these messages received from awardees around the world on the official website of the Japan Foundation in both Japanese and English for everyone to read, and to disseminate them widely to the people of the world today, this occasion can become a valuable opportunity to foster and to convey once again the meaning of international cultural exchange and its attraction to a wide range of people in Japan and abroad.

Finally, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the awardees who have cooperated with us and contributed on this project with their valuable messages.

October 2023
The Japan Foundation

* The awardees’ messages are listed in alphabetical order.

* The Japan Foundation Special Prizes have been integrated into The Japan Foundation Awards since 2008.

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