Astrophysicist Dr. Rashid Alievich Sunyaev, scientist Dr. John Werner Cahn and Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando V today received the Kyoto Prize. Together with the Nobel Prize, the award is one of the world's highest honours in science and culture. Every year the Inamori Foundation, established by Kyocera founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori, honours laureates in three categories for their lifetime achievements. The honour comes with 50 million Yen (approximately ?470,000*) in prize money for each category.
In a festive ceremony held today at the Kyoto International Conference Center in the old Japanese imperial capital, the three laureates in the categories of ?Advanced Technology,? ?Basic Sciences,? and ?Arts and Philosophy? received a diploma, the Kyoto Prize medal and prize money. The presentation ceremony took place in the presence of members of the imperial family and over a thousand guests from business, political and cultural circles from around the world.