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Award Ceremony 2015

Award Ceremony 2015

The Award Ceremony for the 2015(23th) International Cosmos Prize was held at Izumi Hall, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, on November 5th, 2015. Some 400 participants attended the event, including distinguished guests from Japan and abroad. At 3:00 p.m., the Ceremony commenced with to the majestic strains of pipe organ music.

Dr. Kazuhiko Takeuchi as Chairperson of the Screening Committee of Experts accompanied by a representative of the host, and introduced the members of their respective committees.

The guests of honor took the platform and were introduced to the audience. They included Mr. Magnus Robach , Ambassador of the Embassy of the Sweden, Mr. Mikio Tsunasawa , Director, Flower Industry and Greenhouse Horticulture Promotion Office, Ministry of Agricuture, Forestry and Fisheries (on behalf of Minister, MAFF); Mr. Eiryu Sanatani , Deputy Director-General,City and Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (on behalf of Minister, MLIT); Mr. Hiroyuki Takeuchi, Vice Governor, Osaka Prefectural Government (on behalf of Governor, Osaka Prefecture), Mr. Ryuichi Murakami, deputy mayor, Osaka city(on behalf of Mayor, Osaka City). Expo'90 Foundation President Kazuo Sumi delivered an address on behalf of the host organization.

Dr. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, as Chairperson of the Screening Committee of Experts, described the prizewinner selection process. Then, Dr. Johan Rockström, the 2015 Cosmos Prizewinner, took the platform. Chairperson Takeuchi outlined the reasons for the Award.

Dr. Johan Rockström was awarded a commendation, a supplementary prize and a medallion by Expo'90 Foundation President, Mr. Kazuo Sumi.

On behalf of the guests, master of ceremony read a congratulatory message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Mr. Magnus Robach, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Sweden read a congratulatory message. Then introductory images of the prizewinner were presented on the screen. Dr. Johan Rockström delivered the prizewinner's address.

The ceremony concluded with celebratory musical performances by a cellist, Nobuko Yamazaki and ensemble.

Commemorative Lectures

The 2015 International Cosmos Prize commemorative lectures were held at Yasuda Auditorium, The University of Tokyo, (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo) on November 10.

Prize recipient, Dr. Johan Rockström delivered commemorative lectures themed "A Harmonius Coexistence between Humans and Nature: Thriving within Planetary Boundaries".

Commemorative Lecture in Tokyo attended by approx.520 people

Presentation Dr. Kazuhiko Takeuchi
(Chairperson,International Cosmos Prize Screening Committee of Experts / Director and Professor,
Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), University of Tokyo)
Commemorative Lecture "A Harmonius Co-existence between Humans and Nature: Thriving within Planetary Boundaries"
Dr. Johan Rockström
Discussion Dr. Taikan Oki (Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, Tokyo University)
with Dr. Johan Rockström
Place Yasuda Auditorium, The University of Tokyo
Cooperator Tokyo Metropoitan Board of Education
Supporters The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
The Ministry of Land,Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
The Ministry of Environment
Embassy of the Sweden in Japan

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