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Award Celemony 2018

Award Celemony 2018

January 31, 2019

The Award Ceremony for the 2018 (26th) International Cosmos Prize was held at Izumi Hall, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, on November 14th, 2018.

Some 370 participants attended the event, including distinguished guests from Japan and abroad. At 3:00 p.m., the Ceremony commenced with the majestic strains of pipe organ music.

Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto as Chairperson of the International Cosmos Prize Committee and Dr. Yoshihiro Hayashi 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 Dr. Kunio Iwatsuki, 2016 prizewinner, Mr. Jean-Matthieu Bonnel, Consulate-General of France in Kyoto (on behalf of French Ambassador to Japan) , Mr. Yoshihisa Hishinuma, Councillor, Deputy Director-General for Agricultural Production and Marketing Promotion, Agricultural Production Bureau, Minister`s Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (on behalf of Minister, MAFF), Mr. Toshihiko Nagai, Deputy Director-General, City and Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (on behalf of Minister, MLIT), Mr. Hiroyuki Takeuchi, Osaka Prefecture Deputy Governor (on behalf of Governor, Osaka Prefecture), Mr. Hiroshi Gouda, Manager, Public Works Bureau, City of Osaka (on behalf of Mayor, Osaka City).
Expo'90 Foundation Chairperson Mr. Takashi Imai delivered an address on behalf of the host organization.

Dr. Tadamitsu Kishimoto as Chairperson of the International Cosmos Prize Committee, described the prizewinner selection process.

Then, Dr. Augustin Berque, the 2018 Cosmos Prizewinner, took the platform. Chairperson Kishimoto outlined the reasons for the Award. Dr. Berque was awarded a commendation, a supplementary prize by Expo'90 Foundation Chairperson Mr. Takashi Imai 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, Mr. Shinzo Abe. And, Consulate-General of France in Kyoto, Mr. Bonnel read a congratulatory message from French Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Laurent Pic.

Then introductory images of the prizewinner were presented on the screen. Dr. Berque delivered the prizewinner's address.

The ceremony concluded with celebratory musical performances by a pianist, Ms. Etsuko Hirose and COSMOS STRING QUARTET 2018.

Commemorative Lectures

The 2018 International Cosmos Prize commemorative and the Earth Hall of Fame KYOTO 10th anniversary lectures and symposium were held at Symposium Hall, Kyoto University (Sakyo-ku, Kyoto) on October 21, 2018 under the cosponsorship of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN). Prize recipient, Dr. Berque delivered a commemorative lecture. Then, Dr. Berque and Dr. Juichi Yamagiwa had a discussion. After that, many speakers had discussions.

In addition, the 2018 International Cosmos Prize commemorative lectures were held at Yasuda Auditorium, Tokyo University (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo) on November 19, and at Hirose-no ma, Sendai International Hotel (Aoba-ku, Sendai) on December 2.

At Tokyo, Dr. Berque delivered a commemorative lecture after the introduction by Dr. Tomoya Akimichi. After the lecture, there were active Q&A sessions.

At Sendai, Dr. Berque gave a commemorative lecture after the introduction by Mr. Keiichi Noe. Then, Dr. Berque and Dr. Norio Akasaka had a discussion with a facilitator, Dr. Osamu Sakura. Finally, Dr. Yoshihiro Hayashi delivered closing remarks.

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The 2018 International Cosmos Prize commemorative and the Earth Hall of Fame KYOTO 10th anniversary lectures and symposium, the 165th RIHN seminar: Japanese View of Nature ― Interdisciplinary Dialogue on the "Nature and Humanity''

Date Sunday, October 21
Place Symposium Hall, Kyoto University (Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)
Attendance 100
Program ・Explanation of purpose
Dr. Mayuko Uehara(Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University), Dr. Kenichi Abe (Professor, RIHN)

・Introduction
Dr. Tomoya Akimichi (Member, International Cosmos Prize Committee / Director, Fujisan World Heritage Center)

・Commemorative Lecture "The mesological foundations of sustainability''
Dr. Augustin Berque (The prizewinner, 2018 International Cosmos Prize / The 8th Inductees, The Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto / Director, studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)

・Keynote talk: "Actuality of the Shizengaku (Nature Study) of Kinji Imanishi"
Dr. Augustin Berque×Dr. Juichi Yamagiwa (President, Kyoto University)

・"Dialogue on Agriculture: How We Make the Most of the Richness of Nature"
Dr. Hiroaki Hayashi (Kunisaki Peninsula Usa GIAHS Promotion Association / Visiting Professor, RIHN)×Mr. Wataru Kawaguchi (Student, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University)

・"Dialogue on Natural Disasters: Living an Enriched Life with a Harsh Natural Environment"
Mr. Ken Sasaki (Retired staff, Otsuchi-cho, Iwate Prefecture) ×Dr. Yoann Moreau (MINES ParisTech / Visiting Professor, RIHN)

・"Dialogue on Religious Faith: Nature as a Loving Mother, Nature as a Strict Father"
Mr. Shigeatsu Hatakeyama (Oyster cultivator in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture / Visiting Professor, Kyoto University / The 6th Inductees, The Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto)×Dr. Nahoko Shimada (Researcher, RIHN)

・"Dialogue on the Philosophy of Nature: Beyond a Dichotomy between Humans and Nature"
Dr. Günter Figal (Professor, University of Freiburg) ×Dr. Hideki Mine (Faculty of Letters, Kwansei Gakuin University)

・Closing talk and discussion: "From Kyoto to the World"  
Dr. Juichi Yamagiwa×Dr. Augustin Berque
Co-host Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Supporters Kyoto prefecture
Kyoto city
The Kyoto Shimbun

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Tokyo Lecture

Date Monday, November 19
Place Yasuda Auditorium, The University of Tokyo (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo)
Attendance 380
Program ・Introduction 
Dr. Tomoya Akimichi

・Commemorative Lecture "The mesological foundations of sustainability''
Dr. Augustin Berque

・Q&A sessions with high school students 
Dr. Augustin Berque Moderator: Dr. Tomoya Akimichi
Co-host Tokyo Metropoitan Board of Education
Supporters Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Ministry of the Environment

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Sendai Lecture

Date Sunday, December 2
Place Hirose-no ma, Sendai International Hotel (Aoba-ku, Sendai)
Attendance 150
Program ・Introduction 
Mr. Keiichi Noe (Member, International Cosmos Prize Screening Committee of Experts/President-appointed Extraordinary Professor, Tohoku University)

・Commemorative Lecture "The mesological foundations of sustainability''
Dr. Augustin Berque

・Discussion 
Dr. Augustin Berque×Dr. Norio Akasaka (Professor, Gakushuin University) Facilitator: Dr. Osamu Sakura (Professor, Tokyo University)

・Closing remarks 
Dr. Yoshihiro Hayashi (Chairperson, International Cosmos Prize Screening Committee of Experts / Director General, National Museum of Nature and Science)
Co-host Tohoku Forum for Creativity, Organization for Research Promotion, Tohoku University
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Miyagi University School of Project Design
Supporter KAHOKU SHIMPO PUBLISHING CO.

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