Akita University Department of Education and Culture staff member, Professor Norihito Kawamura, technical staff member Seiji Yamashita, and former Associate Professor Kenichi Ishibashi received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)'s commendation award for science and technology in the category of promoting understanding.
MEXT created this award for the purpose of improving scientific and technological standards. This science and technology award is given to people who rendered outstanding achievement.
Professor Kawamura and staff have been promoted understanding in the field of science and technology by leveraging resources as an institution of higher education targeting children and students in Akita Prefecture. Also they train young leaders as well. Their activities in effort to contribute to the promotion of scientific and technological understanding for a wide range of youth were commended.