The award ceremony for the 33th Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize and the 31nd Pacific Basin Academic Grant was held with 300 people present at Grand Rooms of Jyosui kaikan, Tokyo, at noon on 12th June 2017, after the general meeting of the board of directors.

The commemorative shot of President Tomonori Ohira and the recipients

A Speech by Tomonori Ohira
A Speech by Toshioo Watanabe

A Speech by Akira Suehiro

[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.
(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.
(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.
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)>

"DILEMMAS OF A TRADING NATION: Japan and the United States In the Evolving Asia-Pacific Order"
(Brookings Institution Press 2017)

Mireya Solis
(Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program, Co-Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Knight Chair in Japan Studies at the Brookings Institution)

Mireya Solis is senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, co-director of its Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP), and holds the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies. Prior to her arrival at Brookings, Dr. Solis was a tenured associate professor at American University’s School of International Service, an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at Brandeis University, and a visiting professor at El Colegio de Mexico’s Center for International Relations. She has authored and edited several books on Japan’s foreign economic policy, international trade, and U.S.-Japan relations including Banking on Multinationals: Public Credit and the Export of Japanese Sunset Industries (Stanford University Press, 2004), Cross-Regional Trade Agreements: Understanding Permeated Regionalism in East Asia (Springer, 2008), and Competitive Regionalism: FTA Diffusion in the Pacific Rim (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Her latest book Dilemmas of a Trading Nation: Japan and the United States in the Evolving Asia-Pacific Order (Brookings Press, 2017) offers a new understanding of the domestic politics of trade policy that brings to light the vexing tradeoffs in pursuing desirable, but to some extent contradictory goals: economic competitiveness, social legitimacy, and political viability. It shows how the choices Japan and the United States make in addressing these dilemmas loom large for the future of bilateral economic relations, the creation of an Asia-Pacific trade platform, and ultimately the fate of the free trade regime.

"Industrialization of Agriculture in China"
(Nagoya University Press, 2017)

Hisatoshi Hoken
(Professor at School of International Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University)

1972: Born in Tokyo, Japan
1995: B. A. in Economics, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
1997: M. A. in Economics, Hitotsubashi University
2015: Ph. D in Economics, Hitotsubashi University
2000-2017: Research Fellow at Institute of Developing Economies (IDE), JETRO, Japan
2004-2006: Visiting Research Fellow at China Center for Economic Research (CCER), Peking University, China
2013-2014: Visiting Professor at Department of Economics, University of Toronto, Canada
2014-2015: Visiting Professor at School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, China
2017-present: Professor at School of International Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

"Think Tanks in American Politics : A Catalyst for Political Movements"
(Tokyo University Press, 2017)

Tomoyuki Miyata
(Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Teikyo University )

Tomoyuki Miyata has been a Lecturer at Teikyo University since 2016. Before joining Teikyo University, he was a Researcher at the Embassy of Japan in the U.S. (2007-2010), Research Associate at Center for Pacific and American Studies, the University of Tokyo (2010-2013), and Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (2014-2015). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science (2015) from Keio University. His major field of study is American Politics.

"A Modern History of Chinese Indonesian: The Winding Road to National Integration"
(Mokusei Press, 2016)

Yasushi Sadayoshi
(Professor, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies,Kobe University )

B.A. from Faculty of Literature, Kyoto University (1986)
Worked for Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd. (1986-1989)
Studied Indonesian History at Diponegoro University (1990-91)
M.A. from Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto Univer-
sity (1995)
Lecturer of Faculty of Cross-cultural Studies, Kobe University (1999-2001)
Associate Professor of the above mentioned Faculty (2001-07)
Associate Professor of Graduate School of Inter-cultural Studies (2007-12)
Professor of the above mentioned Graduate School (2012)
Ph. D of Kobe University (2011).

"Carpets that bind the world: Indian carpets and their journey toward the Kyoto Gion Festival"
(Nagoya University Press, 2017)

Yumiko Kamada
(Keio University, Faculty of Economics, Associate Professor )

1979 Born in Fukuoka
2002 Received B.A. in Aesthetics and Art History from Keio University
2004 Received M.A. in Art History from The University of Tokyo
2004 Enrolled in Ph.D. program, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
2008-2010 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow, Dept. of Islamic art
2011 Received Ph.D. in Islamic Art from Institute of Fine Arts,
New York University
2011 Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study,
Waseda University
2014 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University
2017 Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University

"CENTRAL BANKING AS STATE BUILDING: Policymakers and Their Nationalism in the Philippines, 1933-1964"
(National University of Singapore Press in association with Kyoto University Press. 2016)

Yusuke Takagi
(Kssistant Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies )

Graduating from the Faculty of Law (majoring Political Science), Keio University, he worked as Research Fellow, Japan Society of Promotion of Science (JSPS), Researcher / Advisor, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, Assistant Professor, International Studies, College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University ? Manila. He received a doctoral degree of the science of law from Keio University. After revising his dissertation, he published it as Central Banking as State Building: Policymakers and their Nationalism, 1933-1964 (Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila UP, Kyoto: Kyoto UP, Singapore: NUS Press). As assistant professor, he is now handling the courses in the fields of political science and international relations at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS).

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


The Award Ceremony and Recipients' Profiles in the Past