Japan Prize 2022
Events and Awards Ceremony
10:30A.M. – 11:15A.M.
Special Message from NHK and UNICEF
The Japan Prize theme song "The Swallow" is the world version of NHK's SDG song "Tsubame".
In addition to premiering the full music video, in celebration of "World Children's Day", the UNICEF Executive Director, Ms. Catherine Russell, MIKIKO, and Midories will talk about the project that aims to think about children and their future.
- * Simultaneous Japanese/English interpretation available
- * Captions in real-time is avaiable via UD Talk.
Kawasaki Rika anchors the national news program “NHK News 7” on weekends and public holidays. Having spent her childhood in the United States, Rika also delivers news in English to global viewers on “NHK NEWSLINE" of NHK WORLD JAPAN. Utilizing her international perspective, she moderates “Chatroom Japan”, an exchange forum for international residents in Japan organized by the NHK WORLD Department.
Executive Director, UNICEF
Stage designer/choreographer MIKIKO heads the dance company ELEVENPLAY. In addition to choreographing and artistic directing live stage performances by musical groups Perfume and BABYMETAL, she has also choreographed a range of music videos, commercials, and stage performances. As a director with the skill to utilize new technologies to enhance entertainment, MIKIKO is undertaking collaborations with various creators transcending genres.
Mascot character for NHK’s SDGs program series Hirogare
Created as a mascot character for NHK’s SDGs program series “Hirogare! Irotoridori [Spread all the Different Colors!]”, Midories is a unit comprising five children who learn about SDGs together with audience members. The group comprises elementary school pupils Atsuki, Lexy, Ukyo, Ririna, and Yumeri, who range from grade 2 to grade 6. As “YOASOBI with Midories,” they perform the program series’ theme song “Tsubame”.
YOASOBI（Ayase & ikura）
YOASOBI is a musical duo comprising of composer Ayase and vocalist ikura. The unit’s style is to take novels submitted by the general public or newly written by various authors and put the story to music. Beginning with “Yoru ni Kakeru [Racing into the Night]”, YOASOBI has created numerous hit songs.