Country for PR: Japan
Contributor: Kyodo News JBN
Friday, October 01 2021 - 16:00
Fukuoka Prize 2021 Award Ceremony Held Online for First Time in Its History; Grand Prize Awarded to Mr. PALAGUMMI Sainath of India
FUKUOKA, Japan, Oct. 1, 2021 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

Fukuoka City (Secretariat of Fukuoka Prize Committee) announced on October 1 
that the City and the Fukuoka City International Foundation held an award 
ceremony for Fukuoka Prize 2021 on September 29. To prevent the spread of 
COVID-19, it was held with no audience and only a few authorized persons 
present in the venue. The ceremony was broadcast online via YouTube streaming 
while Their Imperial Highness Crown Prince and Princess Akishino also watched 
the ceremony online. 

The Grand Prize was awarded to Mr. PALAGUMMI Sainath (India/ journalist), the 
Academic Prize to Professor KISHIMOTO Mio (Japan/ historian), and the Arts and 
Culture Prize to Mr. Prabda YOON (Thailand/ writer, filmmaker and artist). Mr. 
Sainath and Mr. Prabda attended online from abroad.

First, Mr. TAKASHIMA Soichiro, Mayor of Fukuoka City, addressed the audience on 
behalf of the organizers. Next, His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Akishino 
offered his celebration in a video message.

Then the video introductions of the laureates were screened including the 
personal history and outstanding achievements of Mr. Sainath, a passionately 
committed journalist who has continued to investigate impoverished farming 
villages in India, capture the reality of the people's lifestyle, and report 
'rural stories'.

After being presented with their certificates and medals through the screen, 
the laureates sent out their great messages though their acceptance speeches 
and interviews. They expressed their gratitude in their own words, and Mr. 
Sainath also gave a passionate speech on his thoughts on journalism.

With the presentation of flower bouquets, the award ceremony was closed in a 
splendid atmosphere. The historical award ceremony of the Fukuoka Prize, held 
after overcoming the challenges of COVID-19, was broadcast online in India as 

In October, each prize laureate will give a public lecture. Mr. Sainath is 
scheduled to do so on October 13. It can be viewed via live YouTube streaming 
with an advance application. Please apply now.

For information and application for the public lecture:


Source: Fukuoka City (Secretariat of Fukuoka Prize Committee)