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Midsummer Issue (Jul.)

NEWS REPORT

Lauding the achievements of those covering a diverse range of fields

University Staff Honored in All Areas

Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award Recipient   Purple Ribbon Medal Recipient
Faculty of Science and Engineering Professor Shinichi OishiProfessor Shinichi Oishi of the Faculty of Science and Engineering was awarded the 2010 Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for "research enabling the establishment of guaranteed accuracy in numerical computation."
This award is presented to honor the achievements of those who have produced outstanding results in promoting understanding and research and development related to science and technology, with the aim of raising interest levels in those involved in the science and technology field, as well as improving the standard of science and technology in the country.
Starting with the Yasujiro Niwa Outstanding Paper Award, the Okawa Publication Award, the Funai Foundation for Information Technology Award, and the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation Telecom System Technology Award, Professor Oishi has also received numerous society awards.
  Faculty of Science and Engineering Professor Tetsuya Osaka Professor Tetsuya Osaka of the Faculty of Science and Engineering has been awarded the Purple Ribbon Medal in recognition of his advanced inventions with the "development of small magnetic heads for high density recordings and bringing electrochemistry to the forefront."
This award can be seen to recognize his continuing research in electrochemistry over the years, with a part of this research leading to the practical application of magnetic heads. Professor Osaka says, "As a person involved in university education and research, I am extremely honored to have my work recognized in this way. This is the result of work of the many graduates from the research laboratory and my fellow researchers, to whom I am truly grateful."
The magnetic heads for which he received the award have already been put to practical use by some businesses.
   
23rd Yukio Mishima Award Recipient   21st Sei Ito Literature Award (Critics Section) Recipient
Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences Professor Hiroki AzumaProfessor Hiroki Azuma of the Faculty of Letters, Arts and sciences was awarded the 23rd Yukio Mishima Award for his novel "Quantum Families," with an awards ceremony held at Hotel Okura in Tokyo on June 25.
The award is sponsored by the Shincho Literature Foundation and is presented to exciting new works offering a bright outlook for literature, chosen from novels, critiques, poetry and plays published throughout the year.
Professor Azuma majors in modern ideology, representation culture, and information society. He is in charge of web literature and novel expression in the School of Culture, Media and Society. Until now, he has conducted his activities as a critic, but this time has been awarded for a full length novel. Giving hope for continued efforts in the future he says, "As well as being surprised, I am greatly honored. I hope to continue writing essays and novels from now on."
  Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences Professor Akio MiyazawaProfessor Akio Miyazawa of the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences was awarded the Sei Ito Literature Award (Critics Section) for his "superb mutterings over Riichi Yokomitsu's epic novel Kikai." This literature award for novels, critiques and poems etc, was incepted 20 years after Otaru born Sei Ito's death. Winners of this award include Kenzaburo Oe, Kojin Karatani, and Professor Norihiro Kato of the Faculty of International Studies. Professor Miyazawa has been active as a playwright, producer and novelist, and in 1992 received the Kunio Kishida Play Award. He gives lectures on sub-culture at the School of Culture, Media and Society.
Professor Miyazawa shows his future intentions when saying, "Being a composer, I was surprised to receive an award in the critics section. Using this award as a boost, I think I must do even better work from now on."