In order to contribute to the development of educational broadcasting around the world, the Japan Prize supports the realization of ideas for educational television programs in countries/regions with limited budgets and/or technical facilities.
Prize-winning organizations are required to produce and broadcast the proposed program within the year following receipt of the prize, and to report the progress of the production to the organizer.
All countries and regions other than those listed in the link below are eligible to enter.
April 1 to June 30 at 11:59pm Japan Time, 2021
There is no entry fee.
- The Best Proposal Prize
(The Hoso Bunka Foundation Prize) US$ 10,000
The most outstanding proposal for a TV program which will contribute to education in an entrant’s country/region
- Excellent Proposal Prize
(The National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan Prize) US$ 6,000
An excellent proposal for a TV program which will contribute to education in an entrant’s country/region and to the promotion of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development)
* Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behavior and take action for sustainable development.
- (1) All countries and regions other than those listed in the link below are eligible to enter.
- (2) Entrants must be established organizations such as the following. Individuals are not eligible.
- TV/Film production companies
- Educational research institutions
- Established NPOs, etc.
If the entering organization is not a broadcaster, and if the proposal wins a prize, both the broadcaster and the approximate time of broadcast must be determined prior to the entry.
* Any producer who won the Best Proposal Prize once or the Excellent Proposal Prize (formally called the Special Prize) twice is not eligible to enter the Proposal Division.
- (1) The entry must be a proposal for a TV program with educational aims. Entering organizations may submit one proposal in each target age group below.
- Children (0 to 12 years old)
- Teens (12 to 18 years old)
- Adults (18 years and older)
- (2) The proposal must be realistically producible with the Japan Prize prize money alone or with any additional funds, and the completed program must be broadcast by September 30, 2022 in the entrant's own country/region, if the proposal wins the prize.
- (3) The proposal must appropriately address the educational needs of the entering country/region.
- (4) The length of the program can be up to 60 minutes.
- (5) Finalists will be contacted by the Secretariat with details on the Final Presentations.
How to Enter
- 1. Read through the Entry Rules
- 2. Complete and submit an online Entry Form
- 3. Receive an email as Entry Form arrival confirmation
- Entry complete
Deadline: June 30, 2021 (Wed)
Procedure from Entry
- April 1 (Thu)
- Entry site open
- June 30 (Wed)
- Entry deadline
- September 15 (Wed)
- Announcement of Preliminary Selection results on the official website
- November 4 (Thu) – 9 (Tue)
- Final Presentations & Judging — Proposal Division
Screenings, talk sessions and more
- November 9 (Tue)
- Awards Ceremony
Production and Broadcast of the Prize-winning Proposal
- (1) A memorandum will be exchanged among the organizer of the Japan Prize, the sponsoring organization and the entering organization regarding the rights and obligations of each party such as payment of the prize money which shall be used to cover the production costs of the proposal and production schedule.
Half the prize money will be paid after the memorandum is concluded; the other half will be paid after the production is completed and broadcast.
- (2) The prize-winning organization must complete and broadcast the proposed program within the organization’s country/region by September 30, 2022 in principle. Master quality movie file of the program for broadcast (English version), along with any documentation verifying the broadcast must be sent to the Secretariat.
- (3) Broadcast of the completed program must include credits indicating that the program was produced with the financial support of “The Hoso Bunka Foundation Prize” or “The National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan Prize”, as appropriate.
- (4) The prize-winning organization retains copyrights to the completed program.
- (5) NHK may use the completed program for broadcast, screenings at events, and for promotional purposes as mentioned in Use of Entry below.
Use of Entry
Entering organization must agree to the following before submitting entries:
- NHK reserves the right to use the completed program of the prize-winning proposal, free of charge, as stipulated in the following 4 articles:
- (1) Broadcast
- Domestic broadcast of the completed program
NHK reserves the right to a single broadcast of all of the completed program in NHK Japan Prize-related programs on its domestic broadcasting service (including live streaming, and one week of on-demand catch-up TV services). NHK reserves the right to broadcast parts of the program for promotional purposes.
- International broadcast of the completed program
NHK reserves the right to a single broadcast of all or part of the completed program on NHK’s international service ‘NHK World Premium’ for Japanese living outside of Japan. NHK will notify the entering organization of the broadcast date/time and content of said program. Additionally, in case NHK wishes to broadcast all or part of the program, in English, on NHK’s international service ‘NHK World TV’ for non-Japanese, the entering organization and all copyright holders shall cooperate to the best of their ability. The conditions of such a broadcast (including broadcast fee, duration and number of broadcasts, possibility of simultaneous online transmission, etc.) shall be determined in good faith through negotiations between NHK, the entering organization and all copyright holders.
- Domestic broadcast of the completed program
- (2) Events
Screening of all or part of the completed program for Japan Prize-related events.
- (3) Japan Prize Library
A DVD copy and a movie file of the completed program will be archived in the Japan Prize Library and used solely for educational purposes and not for commercial use or broadcast.
- (4) Promotional activities other than broadcasts
NHK may use part of the completed program for promotional purposes in DVDs, websites, and print material.
- (1) Broadcast
- The sponsoring organizations of the prizes, namely The Hoso Bunka Foundation and The National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan, reserve the right to use all or part of the completed program of its sponsored award winner, free of charge, for the purposes of educational media research and their own promotional activities.
Japan Prize Secretariat
Ineligible Countries / Regions
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Brunei Darussalam
- Cayman Islands
- Channel Island
- Cook Islands
- Czech Republic
- Faroe Islands
- French Polynesia
- Hong Kong SAR, China
- Isle of Man
- Macao SAR, China
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Norhern Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
- Slovak Republic
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Martin (French part)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Educational content has an important role in contributing to both individual growth and social development, by fostering our aspirations to learn, reflect, and empathize. Japan Prize, as a place to confront the challenges of our times and societies and pursue the meaning of education, looks for universal, richly novel and creative educational content.
In this division, the proposals will be evaluated based on the aims of supporting the realization of educational television programs in countries/regions with limited budgets and/or technical facilities and contributing the development of educational broadcasting around the world.
Common Criteria for All Divisions
- Whether the entry contributes to individual growth and lifelong learning
- Whether the entry is effective for helping viewers/users understand others and/or foster sympathy for others
- Whether the entry offers effective suggestions for problem-solving and/or improving society
Criteria for the Proposal Pitch
- (1) Setting Educational Goals
- Are the educational goals designed to be feasible and deal with universal tasks of education and are they likely to be effective in solving issues in the entrant’s country or region?
- (2) Content / Composition
- Have the content and/or composition been devised to provide viewers with learning opportunities or stimulate other educational activities based on effective learning?
- (3) Creativity / Originality
- Does the proposal have originality and creativity incorporated in the construction of its expression and directional method and offer attractive ingenuity for the target viewers?
- (4) Production Process
- Are budget and production schedule appropriately planned?
- (5) Assurance of Broadcast
- Does the producer have a clear plan to broadcast the completed program by the designated date?
- (6) Copyright Administration
- Does the proposing organization take full responsibility for obtaining all necessary copyrights clearances?
* NOTE: No juror may participate in voting for any entry submitted by an organization to which he or she belongs or in the production etc. of which he or she has been involved.