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. Prabda, a writer who represents Thailand, and an artist with multiple talents.
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. Prabda also gave a passionate speech on his thoughts on arts and creativity.
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 Thailand as well.
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Source: Fukuoka City (Secretariat of Fukuoka Prize Committee)