His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan attended the 2013 Japan Prize this evening in Tokyo. Unfortunately, Empress Michiko was unable to attend due to chronic pain in her upper arm and left neck according to the Imperial Household Agency.
The Japan Prize is awarded annually to scientists and engineers from around the world who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science and technology, furthering the cause of peace and prosperity. The recipients of this year’s prize went to:
“Prof. C. Grant Willson of the University of Texas, Austin and Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, for development of chemically amplified resist polymer materials for innovative semiconductor manufacturing process. Dr. John Frederick Grassle, Professor Emeritus of Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, for contribution to marine environmental conservation through research on ecology and biodiversity of deep-sea organisms.”
And, finally, on April 23, 2013, Their Imperial Majesties held an audience with Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The princess was in Japan for a two-day visit on the occasion of World Malaria Day according to the Belgian royal court.
Japan Prize Press Conference