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The Award Ceremony and Memorial Banquet

The Award Ceremony

The Banquet Hall
The Banquet Hall

Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress  Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress
Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress

 June 1st, 2013, The Japanese Government held the Second Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Award Ceremony and Commemorative Banquet hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan with presence of Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress in Yokohama. The ceremony and the banquet were conducted on the first day of the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held in Yokohama from June 1st to 3rd, with participation of the heads of African countries and stakeholders from various fields.

 The medals, the citations and the honorarium were presented to Dr. Peter Piot and Dr. Alex G. Coutinho by Mr. Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan. 

 From Fukushima, Dr. Hideyo Noguchi's hometown, the choral club of Fukushima prefectural Asaka Reimei high school and Komatsu shishi preservation group, a group of Fukushima regional traditional arts Komatsu higan shishi came to performe at the ceremony.

Report on the result of the selection by Dr. Kiyoshi KUROKAWA, The Chair of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Committee.

Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa
Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, The Chair of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Committee

Address by the Prime Minister, Shinzo ABE

Mr. Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan
Mr. Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan

Presentation of the Prize

Presentation of the Prize  Presentation of the Prize
The Prime Minister presented the medals,the citations and honorarium to the laureates.
Left: Dr. Peter Piot Right: Dr. Alex G. Coutinho 

Congratulatory speech by H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana

H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana
H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana

Chorus by Fukushima prefectural Asaka Reimei high school and Mr. Sadao WATANABE & Fukushima regional traditional arts Komatsu higan shishi by Komatsu shishi preservation group

Fukushima prefectural Asaka Reimei high school  Fukushima prefectural Asaka Reimei high school
 The choral club of Fukushima prefectural Asaka Reimei high school and Mr. Sadao WATANABE

Komatsu shishi preservation group
Komatsu shishi preservation group

The Memorial Banquet

Toast by His Majesty the Emperor
Toast by His Majesty the Emperor

Acceptance Speeches by the laureates

Speech by Dr. Peter Piot

Speech by Dr. Alex G. Coutinho

Dr. Peter Piot  Dr. Alex G. Coutinho
The laureates made acceptance speeches
Left: Dr. Peter Piot        Right: Dr. Alex G. Coutinho

Souvenir Presentation by The choral club of Fukushima prefectural Asaka Reimei high school

Souvenir Presentation
Students of Asaka Reimei high school presented their CDs to the laureates 

Closing of the banquet

Farewell Performance by Sadao WATANABE Group
Farewell Performance by Sadao WATANABE Group

The Prime minister and the choral club of Fukushima prefectural Asaka Reimei high school  The Prime minister and the choral club of Fukushima prefectural Asaka Reimei high school
The Prime minister and the choral club of Fukushima prefectural Asaka Reimei high school came back to the stage again.
The Prime Minister had closing remarks to express gratitude to the participants. 

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