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Midsummer Issue (Jul.)

NEWS REPORT

Recognition for achievements in diverse fields

Various awards received by Professors at Waseda University

Professor Masato Araya (Faculty of Science and Engineering) received the 2012 Architectural Institute of Japan Award

Professor Masato Araya

Makabe Denshokan Museum (Photograph: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Professor Masato Araya (Faculty of Science and Engineering) received the 2012 Architectural Institute of Japan Award (Design Award) in recognition of his design for Makabe Denshokan Museum, a multipurpose gathering facility located in Sakuragawa City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The Architectural Institute of Japan Award is presented for outstanding structures which have been constructed in recent years and which contribute to the advancement of technology and art.

The Makabe Denshokan Museum is a multipurpose cultural facility that contains a library, a museum of historical materials, gathering facilities and an auditorium. The museum was designed using a method known as "sampling and assembly." This method consists of survey buildings in surrounding regions and working together with local citizens to achieve a design in harmony with the landscape. The museum design was recognized for successful maintaining a connection between the city and its history, while at the same time creating a space where citizens can participate in forming a future in harmony with the modern environment.

Professor Shinichi Oishi (Faculty of Science and Engineering) awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon

Professor Shinichi Oishi

The spring 2012 recipients of medals of honor were announced, with Professor Shinichi Oishi (Faculty of Science and Engineering) being awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon. This award is presented to honor outstanding results in academics, art and technological development. Professor Oishi was recognized for his research in guaranteed accuracy in numerical computation.

Professor Oishi's research focused on developing methods capable of calculating the error in approximate calculation without information loss. By using these methods, it is now possible to correctly calculate the upper limit of errors at an extremely high speed.

"I am extremely grateful to Waseda University, which has given me freedom to concentrate on my research, and to everyone who has supported me," said a happy Professor Oishi.

Professor Hitoshi Mitomo (Faculty of International Liberal Studies) awarded the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Prize

Professor Hitoshi Mitomo

Professor Hitoshi Mitomo (Faculty of International Liberal Studies; Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies) was awarded the 62nd "Electro-Magnetic Wave Day" Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Prize. The prize was awarded on June 1st at the "Central Memorial Event for Electro-Magnetic Wave Day & Telecommunications Month." The prize is awarded to individuals or groups which have contributed to the growth of telecommunications.

In addition to serving as Chairperson of the Roundtable on Frequency Auctions, Professor Mitomo has served as a member of various commissions in fields using electro-magnetic waves for many years. Professor Mitomo was awarded the prize to recognize his contribution to the growth of electro-magnetic governance through accurate decision-making and beneficial advice during the review of important issues related to the use of electro-magnetic waves.

Professor Toshiyuki Horie (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences) awarded the 23rd Sei Itou Literary Prize for Fiction

Professor Toshiyuki Horie

Professor Toshiyuki Horie (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences) was awarded the 2012 Sei Itou Literary Prize for Fiction for his work Nazuna (Shueisha Publishing). Nazuna (Shepherd's Purse) is a full-length novel portraying the daily life of a local newspaper reporter who comes to care for a newly born baby. The Sei Itou Literary Prize was established by Otaru City in 1990 in order to commemorate Sei Itou, a literary scholar born in Otaru City. The prize consists of a fiction division and a critical essay division. In 2010, Waseda Professor Akio Miyazawa (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences) won the Sei Itou Literary Prize for Critical Essay.

On June 15th, an awards ceremony was held at the Otaru University of Commerce in Otaru City, Hokkaido.

Executive Director & Alumni Association Executive Chairman Mr. Akihide Fukuda appointed as Honorary Doctor of Management at Korea University

Executive Director & Alumni Association Executive Chairman Mr. Akihide Fukuda

On May 5th, Executive Director & Alumni Association Executive Chairman Mr. Akihide Fukuda was presented with the title of Honorary Doctor of Management by Korea University (Korea).

Stressing the need to cooperate with overseas alumni associations, Executive Director Fukuda worked tirelessly to realize the agreement for exchange and interaction which was conducted between Waseda University and the Korea University alumni association in 2002. Furthermore, in 2007, Mr. Fukuda was awarded the title of Waseda University Preservation Donor in recognition of his contributions to our university.

Executive Director Fukuda has contributed to the growth of our university and all of Japanese society. In the future, we look forward to his continued leadership in Japan-Korea exchange.