Fujiwara Award presentation ceremony
The Fujiwara Foundation of Science was established in 1959 by Ginjiro Fujiwara, who headed the former Oji Paper before World War II. (Oji Paper was the predecessor to today's Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. and Oji Paper Co., Ltd.) Mr. Fujiwara contributed 100 million yen of his own funds to launch the foundation.
Considered the "Nobel Prize of Japan," the Fujiwara Award uses its funds to recognize Japanese scientists who have made outstanding contributions. Two scientists receive the award each year along with a 10 million yen prize.
The highly respected Mr. Fujiwara is renowned for his contributions to science and technology and to promoting academia in Japan. The Fujiwara Institute of Technology, which was founded on his own in the pre-war period, was later donated to Keio University and now stands as that university's Faculty of Science and Technology.
Following Mr. Fujiwara's philosophies, Nippon Paper Industries lends financial support in the form of donations to help the Foundation with its programs to promote science and technology in Japan.