The award ceremony for the 27th Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize and the 25nd Pacific Basin Academic Grant was held with 350 people present at Grand and Middle Rooms of Nihon Kougyou Club, Marunouchi, Tokyo, at noon on 10th June 2011, after the general meeting of the board of directors.

The commemorative shot of President Hiroshi Ohira and the recipients
A Speech by Kent.E..Calder



[The Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize]
The main prize consists of a commemorative shield and an award of \1,000,000.
The special prize consists of a commemorative shield and an award of \500,000.
Criteria
(1)The award is targeted to works by individual authors, collaborations or compilations, which contribute to the development of “the Pacific Basin Community Concept” and also regional studies of the Pacific Basin region.
(2) In selecting the awarded works, priority will be given in the following order: first the books by individual authors; second collaborative books; and the third compilations.
(3) The publication date of the awarded book, as a rule, must be within two years preceding the award date.
(4) Works which have already received another award will not, as a rule, be eligible for the prize.
(5) The Special Prize will be awarded to works that contribute to broadening the public knowledge on the Pacific Basin Community Concept, such as bibliographic or encyclopedic books, enlightening books etc..
(6) Up to five or six works will be selected, two or three preferably by non-Japanese authors.
(7) Authors must, as a rule, be under the age of fifty.
Recommendation and Application for the prize
Recommendation for the prize is restricted, in principle, to those organizations or individuals that the foundation asks of, but recommendation by other parties is possible. Free application by an author or publisher is also possible, in which case a copy of the book must be sent to the foundation. The term for collecting recommendation is from the beginning of September to the end of November. The Selection Committee decide on the awarded works around March and inform the recipients of the news. Those who fail shall not be informed of the results nor shall their application documents be returned.

 



[The Pacific Basin Academic Grant]
A Grant for group research is within \5,000,000.
A Grant for individual research is within \ 2,000,000.
Criteria
(1) The grant will be awarded to group and individual researches on politics, economics, culture, science or technology, which serve to further the Pacific Basin Community concept; researches on the Pacific Regions are also eligible.
(2) Researches must be completed within two years at longest and when completed, their outcome must be reported to the foundation in some way.
(3) The number of researches to be awarded the grant is preferably one or two for group researches and three or four for individual researches, half of which are by foreign researchers.
(4) Researchers must, as a rule, be under the age of fifty.
Application
In applying for the grant, recommendation by someone concerning the foundation is necessary in principle, but application without it is also possible. The term for application is from the beginning of August to the end of October. The Selection Committee decide on the awarded works around March and inform the recipients of the news. Those who fail shall not be informed of the results nor shall their application documents be returned. Those wishing to apply for the grant may inquire of the foundation. The application form for the academic grant will be sent in reply.

 



The Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prizes and the Recipients' Profiles
<Main Prize: Commemorative Shield
and Supplementary Prize:¥1,000,000 (\500,000 for a special prize)>

"Constitutions and Political Culture of the Pacific Island Countries-Fiji 1997 Constitution and the “Pacific Way”-"
(Seibundo. 2010)

Yutaka Higashi
(Professor at Tomakomai-Komazawa University , Faculty of International Studies)

Profile
・Born in Wakayama Prefecture, 1954.
・B.A. in Political Science, Waseda University, Tokyo, 1978.
・M.A. in Political Science, Waseda University, Tokyo, 1980.
・Waseda University, Tokyo (1982-1988) Completed course work in Political Science (Doctor Course)
・Part-time Lecturer at Kinki University, Osaka, April 1991-Present.
・Part-time Lecturer at Meijigakuin University, Tokyo, November 1993-March 1996.
・Part-time Lecturer at Gunma University, Gunma, April 1994-March 1997.
・Researcher at Department of Oceanic Studies, Japan Micronesia Association (Present Japan Institute for Pacific Studies : JAIPAS), April 1994-March 1996.
・Head Researcher at Department of Oceanic Studies, Japan Micronesia Association (Present Japan Institute for Pacific Studies), April 1996-Present.
・Associate Professor at Tomakomai-Komazawa University, Faculty of International Studies, Hokkaido, April 1999-March 2001.
・Professor at Tomakomai-Komazawa University, Faculty of International Studies, Hokkaido, April 2001-Present.

 

"Freedom and Order in “Democracies”: Reconsidering Malaysia’s Political Regime"
(Kyoto University Press. 2010)

Ayame Suzuki
(Lecturer, Fukuoka Women’s University)

Profile
Ayame SUZUKI was born in Yokohama in 1977. She earned her L.L.B (Political Science) from Keio University in 2000, and Ph.D. (International Relations) from the University of Tokyo in 2008. She was a postdoctoral research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and has taught at various universities including University of Malaya. Currently, she is a lecturer at Fukuoka Women's University. Her research covers the theory of political regimes, Malaysian politics, Japan-Malaysia bilateral relations; and, the political economy of East Asia, in particular, fiscal management in democracies. Her substantive research on politics and law in Malaysia was published as Freedom and Order in "Democracies": Reconsidering Malaysian Political Regime (Japanese), Kyoto University Press, 2010.

 

"The End of Personal Rule in Indonesia: Golkar and the Transformation of the Suharto Regime"
(Tokyo University Press. 2010)

Ayako Masuhara
(Assistant Professor, Asia University, Faculty of International Relations)

Profile
B. A., University of Tokyo (International Relations, College of Arts and Sciences)
March 1994
M. A., Graduate school of Arts and Sciences (International Relations, Advanced
Social and International Studies), University of Tokyo March 1996
Visiting Researcher, Japanese Study Center, University of Indonesia
June 2000 - October 2002
Ph. D., Graduate school of Arts and Sciences (International Relations, Advanced
Social and International Studies), University of Tokyo October 2007
Asia University, Faculty of International Relations, Assistant Professor
April 2009


"The Bandit History of India: Empire, the State and Outlaws"
(Yushai, 2010)

Chiharu Takenaka
(Professor (Politics in Asia) Faculty of Law and Politics Rikkyo University )

Profile
Professor (Politics in Asia), Faculty of Law and Politics, Rikkyo University. Specialized in International Politics, South Asian Studies and Gender Studies. Graduated from Faculty of Law, the University of Tokyo; Professor of Meiji Gakuin University until 2008. Publication as follows: Why are there always Fights in the World? To Untie the Chain of Violence (Hankyu Communications, 2004); Takenaka, Chiharu et.al., Asian Studies Series, Vol.2: Civil Society (Keio University Press, 2008); Translation, The Subaltern Historiography: Deconstruction of Indian History (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten 1998). Board Member of the following associations: Japan Association for Comparative Politics, Japan Association for International Politics, Japanese Association for Asian Political and Economic Studies, Japanese Association for South Asian Studies and Peace Studies Association for Japan.


Special Prize



"The US-Japan Alliance―Balancing soft and hard power in East Asia"
(Routledge, 2010)

David Arase
(Professor, Faculty of Politics,Pomona University)

Profile
"Korea, ASEAN, and East Asian Regionalism," Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies, Volume 21: Tomorrow's Northeast Asia (January, 2011), pp. 34-52.
"Non-traditional security in China-ASEAN cooperation: illiberal security and the future of East Asian regionalism," Asian Survey 50: 4 (July-August 2010).
"Foreign Aid." In Robert Denemark, ed., The International Studies Encyclopedia. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (April 2010).
"Japan In 2009: An Historic Election Year." Asian Survey, 50: 1 (January-February 2010).
"Japan in 2008: A Prelude to Change?." Asian Survey, 49: 1 (January-February 2009), 107-119.
Tuneo Akaha
(Professor of International Policy Studies and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies)

Profile
Tsuneo Akaha was born in Chino, Japan in 1949. He received BAs in Political Science from Oregon State University and Waseda University, and MA and PhD in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He has been a Fulbright research fellow and a Japan Foundation professional fellow. His most recent publications include The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Balancing Soft and Hard Power in East Asia, London: Routledge, 2010 (co-editor); "Higashiajia ni okeru Kokkyo o Koeru Hito no Ido: Ningen no Anzenhosho no Shiten kara," in Takashi Oshimura, ed., Koeru: Kyokai Naki Seiji no Yocho, Tokyo: Fukosha, 2010; "'China' in the Contemporary Nationalists' Reconstruction of 'Japan'," in Gerrit Gong and Victor Teo, eds., Reconceptualizing the Divide: Identity, Memory, and Nationalism in Sino-Japanese Relations, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholarship Publishing, 2010; and "Human Security in East Asia: Embracing Global Norms through Regional Cooperation in Human Trafficking, Labor Migration, and HIV/AIDS," Journal of Human Security, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2009). Currently, he is Professor of International Policy Studies and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California.
 

"Beyond Historical Awareness: 20-21st Century Japan-China relations"
(Chikura-shobo, 2010)

Michihiko Kobayashi 
(Professor at the Center for Fundamental Education, the University of Kitakyushu)

Profile
Michihiko Kobayashi, professor of political and diplomatic history at the Center for Fundamental Education, the University of Kitakyushu,  since April 2007,was born in 1956 in Saitama Prefecture. He received his BA in Japanese history from the Department of History, Chuo University, Tokyo,in 1979 and an MA in the same subject in 1982. Between October 1992 and March 2007 he taught at the Law Faculty,the University of Kitakyushu, where he was appointed a professor in 1998.He received a PhD in modern Japanese history from the Graduate Faculty of Law of the Kyoto University in 1999.
The Collapse of the Party Cabinets and the Manchurian Incident (Kyoto:
Minerva 2009) (The Winner of The 2009 Yoshida Shigeru Prize).
Hiroshi Nakanishi 
(Professor, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University)

Profile
1985 BA Law Department, Kyoto University
1987 MA (Political Science) Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
1988-90 Studied at the Doctoral course in the History Department, University of Chicago
1991 Associate Professor, Law Department, Kyoto University
2002 Professor, Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University
2006-2009 temporarily at the School of Government, Kyoto University
 



The Themes of the Awarded Researches and the Recipients' Profiles
<Individual Research-amount of the grant :¥1,000,000>

Sino-Japanese Intellectual Connections in the Taisho Period : From the Perspective of Federalism

ZHU LIN
(Research Fellow(the University of Tokyo))

Profile
Originally from Jiangsu Province, China. Came to Japan in 2005 after graduating from the Japanese language department of Nanjing University, and obtaining her Master's from the Beijing Center for Japanese Studies,Beijing Foreign Studies University. Finished the doctoral course in the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics of the University of Tokyo, and obtained her Ph.D. in Law in March 2010. From April 2010, is a Research Fellow in the University of Tokyo. Specializing in the History of Asian Political Thought. Publications include"Perceptions of Chinese History and the Future of the Chinese State: The Case of Naito Konan. " Parts 1 to 5 ,The Journal of the Association of Political and Social Sciences (Kokka Gakkai Zassi) Vol. 123 Nos. 9 and 10 to Vol. 124 Nos. 5 and 6, October 2010 to June 2011. Garnered an excellence award in the 2nd "Yoshino Sakuzo Research Awards" for "Two Perceptions on China: Yoshino Sakuzo and Naito Konan." in Yoshino Sakuzo Research, No. 7, November 2010.

The Award Ceremony and Recipients' Profiles in the Past

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