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The Japan Foundation Award

Mr. Hayao Miyazaki Animated Film Director [Japan]


Still photo of Hayao Miyazaki movie
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Born in Tokyo in 1941, Mr.Miyazaki graduated from Gakushuin University, Faculty of Political Science and Economics in 1963. He started his career as an animator at Toei Doga (Toei Animation) and continued on to work in A-Production and Nippon Animation. After taking part in the production of “Prince of the Sun, Great Adventure of Horus” (1968), “Panda! Co Panda!” (1972), and “Heide, Girl of the Alps” (1974), Mr.Miyazaki directed his first TV series “Future Boy Conan” in 1978 and his first feature-length animated film “Lupin the 3rd - The Castle of Cagliostro” in 1979. Based on his own manga series published in the magazine “Animage,” he wrote and directed “Naussica of the Valley of Wind” in 1984. In 1985, Mr.Miyazaki and his colleagues established Studio Ghibli.
As the director of Studio Ghibli, Mr.Miyazaki has presented “Castle in the Sky” (1986), “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988), “Kiki’s Delivery” (1989), “Porco Rosso” (1992), “Princess Mononoke” (1997), “Spirited Away” (2001), and “Howl’s Moving Castle”(2004). He has also been actively involved with the Ghibli Museum, which opened in 2001 in Mitaka City, Tokyo.
Mr.Miyazaki is the author of many books, including: Totoro no Sumu Ie (Totoro’s Residence), Shuna no Tabi (Shuna’s Travels), Naniga Eiga ka (What is Film)- a dialogue with Akira Kurosawa, Princess Mononoke, and Shuppatsu-ten (Point of Departure). DVD’s, videos, and publications on his animation films are sold in over fifty countries.


1998 The Japan Academy Award for Best Picture for “Princess Mononoke”; Yodogawa Nagaharu Award.
2002 Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animated Film for “Spirited Away”; Asahi Prize, Ordre National du Merite from the French government, and decoration from the City of Paris.
2003 Academy Award (Best animated feature film for the year) for “Spirited Away.”
2004 Osella d'Oro at the Venice International Film Festival for “Howl’s Moving Castle.”
2005 Golden Lion Award for Career Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival.

The Japan Foundation Special Prizes

The Japan Foundation Special Prize for Arts and Culture

Philippine Educational Theater Association [Philippines]
Image picture of Philippine Educational Theater Association PETA was established by stage director Cecile Guidote Alvarez in 1967.In 1971, it became the UNESCO-ITI (International Theater Institute), and it organized the first Third-World Theater Festival. In 1972, its founder went into exile due to Martial Law. In 1983-84, PETA, under a new generation of artist-teacher-leaders, organized the People’s Culture National Festivals, and in 1986-87, the “Pledge for Freedom” World Tour, celebrating the people's triumph after 14 years of martial rule, won wide acclaim. PETA has since pursued its vision of a People’s Theater committed to social change.

Collaborations with Japanese organizations

1979 Performance of Black Tent Theater Production in Manila
1983-85 Workshops for the Asia Theater Forum
1986 “Pledge for Freedom” performance in Japan (invitation by Black Tent Theater)
1989 “Kapitan Popo” Tour in Japan (invitation by People’s Plan 21)
1997 Began receiving Japanese theater students as interns (six students in total to date)
1997-98 “Romeo and Juliet” co-produced with Japanese artists, toured in Japan
1999 “Romeo and Juliet” Manila performance
2001 Assisted in establishing a new theater group for Filipino residents in Japan
2001 Organized “Asia Pacific Conference on Theater, Culture, and Civil Society”
2002 Production of Okinawan Dance Troupe “Chura” in Manila
2002 Workshops in Japan (invitation by Japan Theater Directors Association)
2004 “Hans Christian Anderson must be Filipino” performed in Fukuoka (invitation by Fukuoka City Foundation for Arts and Cultural Promotion)


1972 Best Dramatic Anthology – CAT Awards 1968-1972
1980 Presidential Recognition of Merit
1984 Best Design in Children’s Theater - Prague Quadrienalle Czechoslovakia
1988 ASEAN Awards Best Performing Arts Group
1989 Art and Culture Award from the City of Manila
1990 Gawad CCP (Cultural Center of Philippines) for Television
1991 Gawad CCP for Art (Theater)
1993 Star Awards Best Drama Anthology
1996 Bahaghari Awards Best Telemovie
1996 Star Awards Best Television Drama
2001 Outstanding Performance in Theater - NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) Gawad Alab ng Haraya

The Japan Foundation Special Prize for Japanese-Language Education

China Japanese Education Association [china]

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The China Japanese Education Association was established in 1982 as the umbrella organization of Japanese-language institutes in China. Today, there are 126 universities with Japanese-language courses, including over 1500 teaching staff in total, registered as its members. Each year since its establishment, the Association has held academic conferences in various parts of China. It organizes national conferences on Japanese-language education biannually and publishes academic papers. The Association continues to play a significant role in outlining the current situation of Japanese-language education in China, as well as in bringing together the needs of Japanese-language instructors throughout China. The Association has also been working towards network building with Japanese language institutes in Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

2000 Organized a symposium commemorating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Ohira Japanese-Language Institute
2002 Organized a symposium commemorating the 30th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between China and Japan.
2004 Organized an international symposium on Japanese-language teaching.
The Association has published numerous academic papers and has assisted in carrying out surveys for Japanese-language institutes conducted by the Japan Foundation.

The Japan Foundation Special Prize for Japanese Studies

Dr. Tabassum Kashmiri
Former Foreign Instructor, Osaka University of Foreign Studies [Pakistan]
Photo of Dr. Tabassum Kashmiri Dr. Tabassum gained a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Urdu literature from the Punjab University Oriental College, in 1964 and in 1973 respectively. After coming to Japan in 1981, he taught Urdu language and literature at the Osaka University of Foreign Studies for twenty-four years. During his stay in Japan, he continuously presented works of literary criticism, including the 750 page-long book "A History of Urdu Literature from Beginning to 1857." Dr.Tabassum has also translated and published many works by Japanese poets, including Ryokan, Sakutaro Hagiwara, Kazuko Shiraishi, Kenji Miyazawa, and Akiko Yosano.

Major Publications (books)
Urdu in Japan (1985, Muktadira-e Qaumii Zabaan)
Birds, Flowers and Ponds (1996, Sang-e Meel Publications)
A History of Urdu, Literature from Beginning to 1857(2002, Sang-e Meel Publications) and others.

Articles on Japanese literature
Contemporary Japanese Poetry (1985, Nayaa Daur)
Ryokan, The Japanese Zen-poet (1985, Maah-e, NAu)
Oe Kenzaburo- One Japanese Novelist (1996, Adabiyaat)

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