Applications Invited for Nikkei Asia Award 2021
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Closing Date : August 02 2021, Monday


About the Organization:

The Nikkei, formally The Nihon Keizai Shimbun is the flagship publication of Nikkei, Inc. (based in Tokyo) and the world's largest financial newspaper, with a daily circulation exceeding three million. The Nikkei 225, a stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange, has been calculated by the newspaper since 1950. It is one of the four national newspapers in Japan; the other three are the Asahi Shimbun, the Yomiuri Shimbun and the Mainichi Shimbun.

Nikkei Asia Award 2021

The NIKKEI ASIA AWARD is a project to recognize innovation originating in Asia, sponsored by Nikkei Inc. “Innovation from Asia” is any activity that promotes the transformation of Asia and the world, and supports the realization of a free and prosperous economic society from the Asian perspective based on the diverse values.

An individual and/or a group is commended for activities in fields such as business, research, technological development and social/artistic activities. An individual or a group responsible for one activity is selected as the winner annually. The prize is FIVE MILLION yen.


Candidates MUST meet the following conditions:

  • Nominated by others. Direct applications will not be accepted.

  • From or living in Asia*.

  • Contributing to Asian-based activities which have started in Asia.

  • Japanese individuals and groups consisting only of Japanese citizens will be excluded.

For the Nikkei Asia Award, the following regions are referred to as "Asia":

  • East Asia (Korean Peninsula, China, etc.)

  • Southeast Asia (Indochina, ASEAN member countries, etc.)

  • Southwest Asia (Indian subcontinent countries)

  • Independent nations in the Asia-Pacific region

Ideal Candidate Profile:

Ideal candidate profiles are as follows:

  • Being active at present.

  • Young people are welcome, if their work has received a certain amount of recognition already.

  • Doesn't matter if the candidates are not very well known as long as they have conducted steady and sincere activities toward creating stable lives for people, contributing to prosperity.

  • Having already received such awards as the Nobel Prize or the Kyoto Prize would be little significance.

Evaluation Criteria:

Winner selection is a comprehensive evaluation of activities that meet the following evaluation criteria:

  • Being novel and innovative

  • Creating a free and prosperous economic society by revitalizing the region and improving lives

  • Having continuity in activities and businesses, and expectations of future growth and expansion

  • Having social influence and expectations to expand globally.

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