The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun

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As Japan's prominent theoretical economist, numerous achievements in welfare economics

Professor Kotaro Suzumura becomes a member of The Japan Academy

On December 12th, Professor Kotaro Suzumura (Faculty of Political Science and Economics; see photograph) was elected as a new member of The Japan Academy.

The Japan Academy is an institution that awards scientists who have made outstanding academic achievements. In addition to presenting awards such as the Imperial Award, The Japan Academy Award, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the Academic Incentive Award, the academy conducts a variety of projects such as exchanges with overseas academies. Professor Suzumura is Japan's prominent theoretical economist. The selection recognizes his status as an international authority on the level of Kenneth J. Arrow and Amartya Sen, as well as his numerous achievements regarding welfare economics, especially social choice theory.

"As a result of my selection, I hope that there is increased recognition for welfare economics and social choice theory," said Professor Suzumura enthusiastically. "In the future, I will work even harder to increase the international presence of Japanese economics and to pass on to the results of economics which will serve as a model for Waseda students."