Winner of the Grand Prize for 2017 Kazuo Hisumi Promotion of Information Distribution Award
Kazuo Hisumi Promotion of Information Distribution Award was founded to recognize the efforts and throws light onto the media, journalists and private individuals engaged in the field of information communication whose activities are focused on the freedom of expression, the disclosure of information and people’s rights to know. The grand prize award for 2017 was decided to be awarded to Minna no Data Site Project. This project has been conducting measurements and accumulations of soil that have been contaminated by the effect of the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It was recognized for the summarization and disclosure of scientific data accumulated from a wide-spread contaminated area of 17 prefectures and city in East Japan, in ways that were understand comprehensible to everybody.
The encouragement award was given to Mr. Takashi Ozaki, a photographer who repeatedly gathered information about the members of SEALDs (Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy.) The special award went respectively, to Mr. Makoto Kimura, a city council member of the city of Toyonaka, for his repeated disclosure of information pertaining to the Morimoto Gakuen Scandal, and to Ms. Miyuki Ohara, who is the original proposer of “Kokkai Ondoku” which is a means to read aloud the questions and answers in the Diet on conspiracy that don’t quite bite evenly.
Grand Prize Award : “Minna no Data Site activities (co-representatives : Mr. Hidetake Ishimaru, Mr. Hiromi Abe, Ms. Shoko Onuma)
Encouragement Award : Information gathering on SEALDs members (Mr. Takashi Ozaki)
Special Award : Investigation an information disclosure pertaining to Morimoto Gakuen Scandal (Mr. Makoto Kimura)
Special Award : “Kokkai Ondoku” Activity (Ms. Miyuki Ohara)
Date : Friday, December 15th(18:30~)
Place : Hibiya Convention Hall
(1-4, Hibiya Koen, Chiyoda-ku)
The Fifth Kazuo Hisumi Promotion of Information Distribution Award : List of Recipients
Grand Prize Award ( given to 1 party, extra prize 300,000 yen)
Activities of “Minna no Data Site”(co-representative: Mr. Hidetake Ishimaru, Mr. Hiromi Abe, Ms. Shoko Ohnuma)
(Reason for the Awarding)
Minna no Data Site conducted a public participation style project by involving the citizens to collect, measure and accumulate the soil that are contaminated by radioactive substances caused by the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, and plotting the result data on the map for easy comprehension. This project was chosen for the intelligible disclosure of scientific data constantly standing on the people’s side. The contamination data accumulated and disclosed were derived from soil collected by the hands of the citizens that were widely called upon, from a widespread area of 17 prefectures and city.