Japan Current Affairs - 2019
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Eminent Historian-writer Ramachandra Guha has been selected for Japan’s Fukuoka Prize 2015 in n the Academic category.
Apart from him Thant Myint-U (Grand Prize category) and Minh Hanh (Arts and Culture category) were also chosen for this edition of award. They have been selected for their outstanding contributions to academia, arts and culture across Asia.
The awards will be presented to them on September 17, 2015 at the Fukuoka International Congress Centre. During this award ceremony Mr Guha will give a lecture on “Gandhi, India and the World”.
About Ramchandra Guha
- He is historian and writer. His research interests include social, political, environmental and cricket history.
- He also write as a columnist in various newspapers including The Telegraph and Hindustan Times and also pens for the magazines The Caravan and Outlook.
- His famous bibliography: Gandhi Before India (2013), Patriots and Partisans (2012), Makers of Modern India (2010), India after Gandhi: The history of the world’s largest democracy (2007) etc.
- Awards: Padma Bhushan (2009), Sahitya Akademi award (2011) for India After Gandhi.
- For year 2011–12, he had served as the Philippe Roman Chair of International Affairs and History at the London School of Economics.
About Fukuoka Prize
- Established: in 1990 by the Japanese city of Fukuoka and the Yokatopia Foundation.
- It is an annual prize that honours the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in preserving or creating Asian culture.
- Prize has three categories: Grand Prize, Academic Prize, and Arts and Culture Prize.
- The award ceremony is held in every year in September (which is also known as Asian Month in Fukuoka) along with the public forums by the prize winners.
- Winners of 2014 are Mohammad Yunus, Romila Thapar, Ashis Nandy and Mo Yan.
C.N.R. Rao conferred with Japan’s highest civilian award ‘Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’
Eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee C.N.R. Rao was conferred with Japan’s highest civilian award the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star.
He was presented with the award by Japanese Ambassador to India, Takeshi Yagi for his outstanding contributions to science and Indo-Japanese science cooperation.
About C.N.R. Rao (Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao)
- N.R Rao is eminent scientist and world’s foremost solid state and materials chemists. He has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry.
- He was first Indian scientist to reach the h-index of 100.
- He has authored of around 1600 research papers. He also has authored and edited 45 books.
- He is also an elected member of almost all scientific academies across the globe and had served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Ministers of India.
- He is also the Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research, Bengaluru and a former Chair of the Japan-India Science Council.
- Awards: In 2014, he was awarded with India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna along with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
- He has been bestowed with about 70 honorary doctorates and also has received the highest civilian award from several nations.
Note: h-index also called the Hirsch index or Hirsch number is a tool that measures the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar.