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Fukuoka Prize Committee



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Fukuoka City and the Fukuoka City International Foundation would like to invite the representatives of foreign media to a press tour in Fukuoka highlighting the Awards Ceremony and other official functions of the Fukuoka Prize, with a unique opportunity to cover Fukuoka’s various policies regarding Asia and its traditional cultures.


                                                                                                         ISEKAWA Yukimitsu


                                                                                                         Fukuoka Prize Committee

  1. Summary of Press Tour

1) Dates: Thursday, September 20 – Friday, September 21

2) Itinerary: See “Itinerary of FUKUOKA PRIZE 2018 Press Tour” below

3) Number of journalists: one journalist per each organization

The maximum number of journalists including other organizations is 12.

*Please note that if the number of applications exceeds the maximum, some journalists will be unable to participate in the tour.

4) Condition for application: Journalists must cover the Fukuoka Prize at least once before the end of October 2018. Good command of English is required.

5) Expenses: Return flight ticket (economy class) between Tokyo and Fukuoka and accommodation fees during stay in Fukuoka (from September 20 to 21) will be covered by the Committee. Please note that an English-language interpreter will accompany you throughout the tour.

6) There are official events related to the Fukuoka Prize from September 19 (Wed) to 22 (Sat) (See the attached “Itinerary Fukuoka Prize 2018 Official Events”). Journalists will be allowed to cover the events. For more information, please contact the Secretariat. Stay in Fukuoka between 19 (Wed) and 22 (Sat) September will be arranged by the Secretariat.


  1. How to Apply

To apply for this media event, please send an email to with your name, the name of your organization, your mobile phone number and your email address, or send the completed form below via fax by 5 p.m. JST, on Thursday, September 6.

The secretariat will contact all applicants by Monday, September 10, with the outcome of their application.


  1. Laureates of the Fukuoka Prize 2018

- JIA Zhangke – Film Director from China – Grand Prize

- SUEHIRO Akira – Economist, Expert in Area Studies (Thailand) from Japan – Academic Prize

- Teejan Bai – Pandavani Performer from India – Arts and Culture Prize

Please check our website ( for more details about the laureates. 



FAX Application form (FAX: +81-92-735-4130)


Name of organization:

Country/ Region of organization:

Name of applicant:

Area of expertise:

Mobile phone number:

Email address:



For further information: Secretariat of the Fukuoka Prize Committee (located in the International Affairs Dept. of Fukuoka City Government)

1-8-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, 810-8620

Tel: +81-92-711-4930 (Direct), Fax: +81-92-735-4130, Email:, URL:


Itinerary of FUKUOKA PRIZE 2018 Press Tour

[Thurs, Sep 20]

Morning: Arrival in Fukuoka

10:00 – 12:20: Mayor’s Presentation on Overview of Fukuoka City, Press Conference and Individual Interviews of the Laureates by Journalists

p.m.: Fukuoka City Tour

18:00 – 20:00: Fukuoka Prize 2018 Award Ceremony


[Fri, Sep 21]

a.m.: Departure form Fukuoka


1) Fukuoka Prize

Internationally recognized prize organized by Fukuoka City given to individual and/or group that contributed to preservation and creation of Asian cultures.

Established in 1990.  To date 112 individuals from 27 countries and regions have been selected. Muhammad Yunus from Bangladesh and Mo Yan from China who went on to receiving Nobel Prizes have also been awarded in the past.

Prince and Princess Akishino have attended the Award Ceremony since 2004.

Programs such as Public Lectures and School Visits offer Fukuoka citizens the opportunity to interact with the laureates.


2) Conditions

  1. Journalists must cover the Fukuoka Prize at least once before the end of October 2018.
  2. Good command of English is required since English is the working language for the Press Tour.
  3. Journalists must participate in “Fukuoka City Tour” with other journalists in the Press Tour.
  4. Please note the schedule above is subject to change.
  5. If a journalist likes to extend his/her stay in Fukuoka for a day/days after September 22 or arrive before September 19 s/he must pay expenses related to this such as hotel and meal.


Itinerary of FUKUOKA PRIZE 2018 Official Events

[Wed, Sep 19] Public Forum

18:30~21:30  【Grand Prize】JIA Zhangke

 "The Core of Jia Zhangke’s work: Capturing 'Contemporary' China in Film"

  • Screening of Mountains May Depart
  • Panel discussion"


[Thur, Sep 20]

10:00~12:20  Press Conference, Interviews of Laureates

  • Presentation of Fukuoka City by Mayor
  • Photo session
  • Press conference
  • Interviews of laureates"

18:30~20:00  Award Ceremony

  • Introduction of laureates
  • Welcome remarks by Mayor
  • Acceptance speech by laureates
  • Special performance(s)"


[Fri, Sep 21]  School Visit

Laureates visit schools in Fukuoka City and tell pupils/ students about his/her works and life experiences for nurturing young generation.

10:10~11:30  【Arts and Culture Prize】Teejan Bai

10:40~12:10  【Grand Prize】JIA Zhangke

11:00~13:00  【Academic Prize】SUEHIRO Akira

14:25~16:15  【Arts and Culture Prize】Teejan Bai


[Sat, Sep 22]  Public Forum

11:00~13:00  【Academic Prize】SUEHIRO Akira

"Forty Years of My Study on Asian  Economy: From Catch-up Industrialization to Digital Economy"

  • Keynote speech
  • Panel discussion"

16:00~18:00  【Art and Culture Prize】Teejan Bai

"The World of Pandavani: A Narrative Singing of the Mahabarata, the Ancient Indian Epic"

  • Introduction of the Mahabharata, the ancien Indian epic, and Pandavani, a narrative singing
  • Performance of Pandavani
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