& Process


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.


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.


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


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.


The following schedule is subject to change without notice.

STEP 1: Screening (One 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 (One Month) The activities of all candidates will be evaluated by the selection committee within Nikkei Inc. according to the evaluation criteria. The top five individuals or groups will proceed to the second selection.

STEP 3: Secondary Selection (Scheduled to be held in October) 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 (Scheduled to be held in November) Finalists are selected by the selection committee, based on the evaluation criteria.

STEP 5: Informal Decision (Scheduled to be held in November) Inform the award winners that they have won and obtain their consent to the award.

STEP 6: Official Announcement (Scheduled to be held in December) Award winners will be announced on this website, the Nikkei and the Nikkei Asia.


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.