The Japan Academy

The Japan Academy (Nippon Gakushi-in) is an organization that accords special recognition to researchers with the most eminent records of academic and scientific achievement. The Academy's primary purpose is to carry out programs that contribute to the advancement of academic pursuit. The Academy was first established in 1897 by Yukichi Fukuzawa under the name Tokyo Academy. Now, it has 150 regular members, all selected upon the merits of their academic accomplishments.