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Two YNU Alumni Chosen Persons of Cultural Merit for 2010!

Ms. Junko Nakanishi

Ms. Junko Nakanishi

Mr.Akira Fujishima

Mr.Akira Fujishima

Two YNU alumni Junko Nakanishi, former professor in the Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences and Akira Fujishima, honorary doctor, were chosen "Persons of Cultural Merit" for 2010, and an award ceremony was held at a Tokyo hotel on November 4, 2010. Persons of Cultural Merit are selected from among individuals who have demonstrated a significant achievement in contribution to the development of the culture of Japan. 17 individuals were chosen this year.

Ms. Junko Nakanishi graduated from YNU School of Engineering in 1961, went on to study at University of Tokyo, became professor in the Graduate School and Research Institute of Environment and Information Sciences, YNU, in 1995, and remained in that position till she retired in March, 2002. She continued to be active at YNU under double appointment thereafter. Society of Environmental Science Paper Award and numerous other awards have been conferred on her, culminating in a Purple Ribbon Medal in 2003. With her proposal and establishment of risk analysis parameters for human health and natural environment known as "Loss of Life Expectancy" and "Establishing the Extinction of Biological Species" in the field of Environmental Issues and, in particular, Management of Environmental Risks, she has made tremendous contributions to the study of quantitative risk assessment and environmental risk management. The world recognized the uniqueness and innovativeness of her proposal.

Mr. Akira Fujishima graduated from YNU School of Engineering in 1966, gained experience in Kanagawa University and University of Tokyo, and now is the President of Tokyo University of Science. He has won numerous awards including the Japan Academy Prize and a Purple Ribbon Medal. His fields of specialization are photoelectrochemistry and functional materials chemistry and his discovery of the "photocatalytic reaction" where water is separated into oxygen and hydrogen by shining light on titanium oxide paved the way for industrialization of antibacterial- and air-cleaning materials.

It's our great pleasure that two YNU-related individuals were chosen Persons of Cultural Merit, as was reported by newspapers and other media.

(担当:Personnel & Labor Division, General Affairs Department)


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