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ABOUT
NIKKEI
ASIA AWARD

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.

HOW TO APPLY

Open call for nominations on this official website once a year. You may nominate a candidate through the nomination form, which will be available at the bottom of this page during the nomination period. The information of the nominator will not be announced.

QUALIFICATIONS

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

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.

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

Ideal candidates are as follows:

  • Currently active
  • Young people are welcome, if their work has received recognition.
  • Candidates need not be well known, as long as they have conducted steady and sincere efforts toward the betterment of people’s lives, and contributed to prosperity.

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

EVALUATION PROCESS & TIMELINE

The following schedule is subject to change without notice.

STEP 1
SCREENING

1 Month

All the information including recommendation comments and candidate information entered in the nomination form will be screened by the Nikkei Asia Award Admin as to whether they meet the application qualifications and evaluation criteria.

STEP 2
PRIMARY SELECTION

1 Month

The activities of all candidates will be evaluated by the Nikkei Selection Committee according to the evaluation criteria. The top five individuals or groups will proceed to the second selection.

STEP 3
SECONDARY SELECTION

1 Month

Each candidate who makes it to the secondary selection will be evaluated by the members of the advisory board according to the evaluation criteria.

STEP 4
FINAL SELECTION

2 weeks

Finalists are selected by the selection committee, based on the evaluation criteria.

STEP 5
INFORMAL DECISION

2 weeks

Inform the award winners that they have won and obtain their consent to the award.

STEP 6
OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

2 weeks

Award winners will be announced on this website, the Nikkei and the Nikkei Asia.

PRIVACY POLICY

The information entered in the nomination form will be properly managed by Nikkei Inc. in accordance with the Nikkei Privacy Policy and will be used for the evaluation and management of the Nikkei Asia Award. In addition, we may ask the winners to be speakers for events related to Nikkei Inc., but we will not use them for any other purpose.

To proceed to the nomination form, you need to understand the nomination guidelines and agree to our privacy policy on this page. If you understand the nomination guidelines and agree to our privacy policy, please click the checkbox below to proceed to the form screen.