Awards 2012

Awards 2012

The Geological Society of Japan Prize

Gaku Kimura (Grad. School Sci., Univ. Tokyo)

Research Theme: Tectonics, Geology of Accretionary Complex, Subduction Plate Boundary and Material Science of Seismogenic Zone


The Geological Society of Japan Ozawa Yoshiaki Award

Shinji Yamamoto (Grad. School Arts & Sci., Univ. Tokyo)

Research Theme: Orogenesis


The Geological Society of Japan Best Paper Award

Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto (Hokkaido Univ.), Toshitsugu Fujii, Takayuki Kaneko, Atsushi Yasuda, Setsuya Nakada (Earthquake Res. Inst., Univ. Tokyo) and Akikazu Matsumoto (Nat. Inst. Advanced Indust. Sci. Tech.)

Awarded paper: Yoshimoto, M., Fujii, T., Kaneko, T., Yasuda, A., Nakada, S. and Matsumoto, A. (2010) Evolution of Mount Fuji, Japan: Inference from drilling into the subaerial oldest volcano, pre-Komitake. Island Arc, 19, 470-488.


Takayuki Uchino and Makoto Kawamura (Hokkaido Univ.)

Awarded paper: Uchino, T. and Kawamura, M., (2010)  Tectonics of an Early Carboniferous forearc inferred from a high-P/T schist-bearing conglomerate in the Nedamo Terrane, Northeast Japan. Island Arc, 19, 177-191.


The Geological Society of Japan Koto Award*

Honami Sato and Tetsuji Onoue (Kagoshima Univ.)

Awarded paper: Sato, H. and Onoue, T. (2010) Discovery of Ni-rich spinels in Upper Triassic chert of the Mino Terrane, central Japan. Journal of the Geological Society of Japan, 116, 575-578.

(*This is the last presentation of the Koto award that commends author(s) of the best short paper reporting important geological discovery. Abolition of this award is due to elimination of the “short paper” category from the Journal of the Geological Society of Japan in 2011. )


The Geological Society of Japan Koto Bunjiro Award**

Arito Sakaguchi (JAMSTEC)

Reference paper: Sakaguchi, A., Chester, F., Curewitz, D., Fabbri, O., Goldsby, D., Kimura, G., Li, C.-F., Masaki, Y., Screaton, E. J., Tsutsumi, A., Ujiie, K. and Yamaguchi, A., (2011) Seismic slip propagation to the updip end of plate boundary subduction interface faults: Vitrinite reflectance geothermometry on Integrated Ocean Drilling Program NanTroSEIZE cores. Geology, published online 8 March 2011; doi: 10.1130/G31642.1

(**This award is newly established in 2012 for commending excellent Society member(s) who published a paper (in any journal) including important discovery and/or innovative idea.)


The Geological Society of Japan Young Scientist Award

Yoshiko Masubuchi (Toyama Science Museum)

Awarded paper: Masubuchi, Y., Ishizaki, Y. (2011) Magmatic plumbing system of the 3400 BC caldera-forming eruption (Numazawako eruption) of Numazawa volcano as deduced by componentry and whole-rock and mineral compositions of the pyroclastic deposits. Journal of the Geological Society of Japan, 117(6), 357-376.


Yumiko Harigane (Nat. Inst. Advanced Indust. Sci. Tech.)

Awarded paper: Harigane, Y., Michibayashi, K. and Ohara Y., 2010. Amphibolitization within the lower crust in the termination area of the Godzilla Megamullion, an oceanic core omplex in the Parece Vela Basin. Island Arc, 19, 718-730.


Hiroshi Mori (Nagoya Univ.)

Awarded paper: Mori, H. and Wallis, S. R. (2010) Large-scale folding in the Asemi-gawa region of the Sanbagawa Belt, southwest Japan. Island Arc, 19, 357-370.


Island Arc Award

Anthony J. Barber (Univ. London)

Awarded paper: Barber, A. J. and Crow, M.J. (2009) Structure of Sumatra and its implication for the tectonic assembly of Southeast Asia and the destruction of Paleotethys. Island Arc, 18, 3-20.


The Geological Society of Japan Commendation

Awardee: Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History (“Voyage of Life” Museum)

Awarded contribution: Natural and environmental protection activities and contribution for geological education and outreach


Awardee: Ken’ichi Kano (Shizuoka Univ.) and Akihiro Murata (Tokushima Univ.)

Awarded contribution: Publication of textbook and contribution for education of structural geology