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Toastmasters International District 76 presents the Communication and Leadership Award of 2017

 Hitoshi Kawaguchi
Communication and Leadership Award Committee Chair, 2017

Recipient: Yoshinori Ohsumi
Honorary Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Toastmasters International District 76

2017 Communication and Leadership Award


Yoshinori Ohsumi

Honorary Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology


東京工業大学 栄誉教授

2016 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

2016 Recipient of Order of Culture




Toastmasters International District 76 presents the 2017 Communication and Leadership Award to cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi in recognition of the following achievements:



Out of his deep concern about the current status of science in Japan, where scientists are increasingly experiencing difficulty in conducting research from a long-term perspective and in allocating sufficient time to focus on basic scientific research, Yoshinori Ohsumi has been consistently emphasizing the importance of basic science and raising questions about the tendency of modern society to pursue only efficiency and short-term achievements. He may not be the most eloquent of speakers, but from him we have been able to learn that communication is not merely about speaking fluently but steadfastly remaining true to one’s convictions and thereby moving and inspiring others.



Yoshinori Ohsumi has transformed his beliefs into action. He has played a leading role in launching the Ohsumi Yoshinori Kinen Kikin Fund*1 by donating 100 million yen with the aim of supporting the development of talented individuals who will shape the future of Japan and young scientists in the field of basic science, which requires a long-term perspective. More recently, he has also established the Ohsumi Frontier Science Foundation*2 by again donating 100 million yen to financially support unique and farsighted research; help scientists, citizens and companies build networks, and contribute to the development of scientific bases in Japan. We have concluded that his energy to put his beliefs into action and the selflessness with which he has committed his own funds to his cause will serve as a shining example for those who aspire to become leaders in their field.

















See the following website for details of Yoshinori Ohsumi’s personal history and awards received:



Award Ceremony

Since Yoshinori Ohsumi will be unable to attend the Award Ceremony to be held during the District 76 Fall Conference 2017, we visited him at the Suzukakedai Campus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology on September 26, 2017 to present the plaque to him.

















The Award Ceremony will be held during the District 76 Fall Conference 2017 on the date and time specified below:

10:00 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 3, 2017 (before the Japanese language contest)





What is the Communication and Leadership Award?

The Communication and Leadership Award is the highest award presented by District 76 to non-Toastmaster individuals or groups who have made great achievements in the spheres of communication and leadership. This annual award was established in 2012, with the first winner being Dr. Donald Keene, Professor Emeritus of Columbia University and a scholar of Japanese literature. Since then it has been awarded every year to individuals who have achieved noteworthy success in their respective fields. Last year’s winner was Dr. Koichi Wakata, an astronaut who spent time at the International Space Station.





実行委員/Committee Members

委員長/Chair:川口 仁(横浜フロンティアTMC)Hitoshi Kawaguchi (Yokohama Frontier TMC)

三條雅世(横浜フロンティアTMC)Masayo Sanjo (Yokohama Frontier TMC)

高橋説子(パイオニアTMC)Setsuko Takahashi (Pioneer TMC)

渡辺直美(ファンタジスタTMC)Naomi Watanabe (Fantasista TMC)

アドバイザー/Advisor:大嶋友秀(横浜日吉TMC)Tomohide Oshima (Yokohama Hiyoshi TMC)

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