Report on the 4th (2015) award ceremony

1 July 2016


With generous help from the embassy of France in Japan, our annual award ceremony and reception have taken place at the official residence of the French Ambassador to Japan.

Date June 8 (Wed), 2016
Doors open: 5:40 pm. Ceremony: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Place Official residence of French ambassador
Hosted by Kiyoko Goto and Paul Bourdarie Cancer Foundation
Supported by Embassy of France in Japan
TMF(Association Franco-Japonaise pour la communication)

Award ceremony

Greeting from Mr. Thierry Dana, Ambassador to Japan, France

With generous help from Mr. Thierry Dana, French Ambassador to Japan, and staff of the embassy of France in Japan, the Foundation held this fourth award ceremony at the official residence of the French Ambassador to Japan. The three winners received congratulations from many attendees, including their family members, individuals associated with the French embassy in Japan, members of the Foundation, people in the medical field, members of the Japan-France associations, and the press. Mr. Dana particularly expressed understanding of the Foundation's establishment and agreed with our activities during his greeting speech, as well as delivering congratulatory addresses to the three winners.

Greeting from Mr. Masahiko Sumida, Representative Director of the Foundation

Following Mr. Thierry Dana, Mr. Masahiko Sumida delivered a speech, representing the Foundation. He delivered congratulatory addresses to the three winners, acknowledged the generous support of Mr. Thierry Dana and all members of the French embassy staff in Japan, and all attendees at this ceremony. In addition, he expressed gratitude to the Advisory Committee members who evaluated the papers. Mr. Paul Bourdarie was absent from this ceremony due to a physical condition, so that his address was delivered by video on screen.

General comments on papers by Dr. Jun Nakajima, Chairperson of the Advisory Committee

Then, at the award ceremony, Dr. Jun Nakajima (*), Chairperson of the Advisory Committee, made general comments on submitted papers, and explained the reasons for the three winning papers having finally been selected. He also describe the selection process, during which seven members of the Advisory Committee evaluated appropriately submitted papers, in the first and second evaluation rounds, in a strict and fair manner. Our principle and criteria for evaluating papers are explained on another page.

(*) Dr. Jun Nakajima: Professor, Department of Thoracic Surgery, The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine

Handing out the prizes

Mr. Masahiko Sumida, Representative Director of the Foundation, gave the award certificate and the list of prizes to each of the winners.

Dr. Kengo Takeuchi

Dr. Takashi Nojiri

Dr. Yu Fujita

Speeches by the three winners

Each winner delivered an award speech, focusing on the significance of his work and the sequence of events, including discovery, for their winning papers. Also highlighted were the anticipation of eliminating cancer (lung cancers in particular) and expressions of appreciation to all who were involved in cancer research and to those who had laid its foundations.

Dr. Kengo Takeuchi

Dr. Takashi Nojiri

Dr. Yu Fujita

From right to left: Mr. Jacques Maleval (Conseiller, Science and Technology Services, French embassy in Japan), Dr. Kengo Takeuchi, Dr. Takashi Nojiri, Dr. Yu Fujita and his wife, Mr. Masahiko Sumida (Representative Director of the Foundation), and Mr. Joan Valadou (Conseiller, Press Services, French embassy in Japan).

Reception

Delivery of opening toast by Dr. Shinichi Takamoto

At the reception, Dr. Shinichi Takamoto, Honorary Advisor of the Foundation, Director of Mitsui Memorial Hospital and Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo University, delivered an opening toast. Following the toast by Dr. Takamoto, everyone made a toast congratulating the three winners (Dr. Kengo Takeuchi, Dr. Takashi Nojiri, Dr. Yu Fujita), and hoping that the Foundation's activities will continue to contribute to the development of cancer diagnosis and treatment for people suffering from all forms of cancer. The get-together meeting at the official residence of the French ambassador to Japan, in the evening, was fabulous thanks to the thoughtfulness of Ambassador Thierry Dana. The residence is exceptional, and its garden is wonderful as well. Everyone enjoyed food cooked by chefs from Robuchon (a famous restaurant in Tokyo), as well as wine (*), and excellent conversation.

* Red and white wines, as well as Champagne, were donated by the Baron Philippe de Rothschild, a famous first class winery renowned as Chateau Mouton Rothschild, as in previous years.

Press conference

Prior to the award ceremony, a press conference was held in which questions and answers were exchanged very actively. Attendees were Mr. Joan Valadou (conseiller, Press Services, French embassy in Japan), Mr. Masahiko Sumida (Representative Director of the Foundation), Mr. Tetsuya Okunaka (a member of Board of Directors of the Foundation), Mr. Jun Ando (The Nikkei), Mr. Tatsuya Tsujimura (Kyodo News), Ms. Keiko Ihara (Asahi Shimbun Publications), and Agnès Le Donne (Le Petit Journal).