|Dreams of a Twisted Mind, November 2002
The prize-winning achievements of the Takeda Award 2002 were explained
by our staff at the press conference on September 17 this year. Although
already mentioned in my statement at the press conference, I would like
to emphasize once again just one thing here.
We have a consistent policy of awarding those who made entrepreneurial
efforts to create engineering knowledge and have succeeded in completing
achievements that bring richness and happiness to people.
As I already stated elsewhere in this Proceedings, most of the prize-awarding
foundations have award selecting criteria based on creativity in academic
disciplines. There are great many prize-awarding foundations in the world
and thanks to these foundations, human knowledge has been accumulated as
time goes by. When I visited Sweden to attend the First Takeda Symposium
last June, I caught a glimpse of the knowledge accumulated by the efforts
of the Nobel Prize. Academic knowledge is most important and I really respect
Human life has been growing rich, because it has been based on accumulated
and progressive academic knowledge. However, as the 21 Century unfolds,
we are observing a new era which is created by a broader knowledge not
restricted by academic standards. This era of the future can be decided
by people's choice. It is critically important not to miss any change we
can observe. Of course, realization of new technology to meet new people's
needs should be academically supported. The acceptance of the 2002 Nobel
Prize in Chemistry by Mr. Koichi Tanaka is a good example.
We are just a newly established foundation and need help from many intellectuals
to study what kind of "engineering knowledge, and entrepreneurship"
can bring richness and happiness to people. When we select achievements
for the Takeda Award, we first collect nominations proposed by nominators
all over the world, and then achievements are selected by the selection
committee that consists of intellectuals at the highest levels in various
fields. We are hoping to collect the newest and best, as yet recognized
achievements from all over the world. We put emphasis on the contribution
to the richness and happiness of people. We want this Award to be a people's
award selected by people. We would like to nurture this award by obtaining
supports and critiques from as many people as possible.