The 3rd Asia Cosmopolitan Awards 2017

Updated:January 03, 2018

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January 15, 2017


Nara, Japan


Nara Prefectural Government and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)


The Asia Cosmopolitan Awards Selection Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Asia Cosmopolitan Awards (ACA). The prestigious ACA prizes will be awarded at a ceremony in Nara Prefecture, Japan in January 2017. The Grand Prize is awarded to HE Thein Sein, the former President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar for his leadership during Myanmar transitional period. The Economic and Social Science Prize is awarded to Professor Masahisa Fujita, for his work in the field of Economic Geography. The Cultural Prize is awarded to HE Mr Herman Van Rompuy, the first fulltime President European Council and an accomplished Haiku poet, for his Haiku poetry, an Asian art that promotes harmony and mutual understanding.

This award aims to recognise on a biennial basis individual(s) or organization(s) that have made substantial and significant contributions to the development of a peaceful and stable East Asian Community, to narrow the developmental gaps in the region, as well as to establish the sustainable social growth towards cultural and economic integration within East Asia. The Selection Committee of the ACA is composed of distinguished representatives of several East Asian countries from various backgrounds. According to Hidetoshi Nishimura, the 'awards strive to become the East Asian Nobel Prize.'

The Nara Forum 2017 will be held on 15 January 2017 to congratulate the laureates. This event will feature awarding ceremony, commemorative keynote speech and dialogues by the laureates. We cordially welcome your participation. Details will be announced later on Nara Prefecture website.

Event details

  • Time: 13:30 - 17:20 (registration opens at 13:00)
  • RSVP: Click here to register online. Kindly note that registration is in Japanese.
  • Further information:
    Sadami Sugimoto (Mr.), Planning and Coordination Director
    Tel: +62 21 5797 4460

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