Presentation of the 2002 International Prize for Biology
Dr.Nei, holding the Imperial Gift
The Presentation Ceremony
Dr.Nei talks with Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress at the
On December 2, a presentation ceremony for the 2002 International
Prize for Biology was held at the Japan Academy in the presence of
Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress.
At the ceremony, the Prize and an Imperial Gift were presented to Dr.
Masatoshi Nei, this yearfs Prize recipient. An opening message was
delivered by Dr. Saburo Nagakura, Chairman of the Committee, and a
report on the selection process was provided by Dr. Kunio Iwatsuki,
Chairman of the Selection Committee on the International Prize for
A congratulatory message was delivered by His Majesty the Emperor,
followed by congratulatory remarks from the Prime Minister (read by
Mr. Teijiro Furukawa, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary) and from Ms.
Atsuko Toyama, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and
At the end of the Ceremony, Dr. Nei gave an acceptance address.
A reception party held after the ceremony was attended by Their
Majesties the Emperor and Empress, who conversed with Dr. Nei and his
family and the other guests, including embassy representatives and
Prize Committee members, in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.