Koto Bunjiro Award

The Geological Society of Japan Koto Bunjiro Award*

* 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.


Sumito Morita (AIST), Ken Nakajima (AIST), Yasuaki Hanamura (JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp.)
Reference paper: Morita, S., Nakajima, T. and Hanamura, Y. (2011) Submarine slump sediments and related dewatering structures: Observations of 3D seismic data obtained for the continental slope off Shimokita Peninsula, NE Japan. Jour. Geol. Soc. Japan, 117, 95-98.


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


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. )


Jun-ichi Tazawa (Niigata Univ.), Junko Anso, Miyuki Umeda (Fukui City Museum of Natural History) and Toshiyuki Kurihara (Niigata Univ.)
Tazawa, J., Anso, J., Umeda, M. and Kurihara, T. (2010) Late Carboniferous brachiopod Plicatiferina from Nishiamada, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, and its tectonic implications. The Journal of the Geological Society of Japan, 116, 51-54.


Chieko Shimada, Tokiyuki Sato, Miyuki Kudo and Makoto Yamasaki (Akita Univ.)
Awarded short paper: Shimada, C., Sato, T., Kudo, M., Yamasaki, M. (2008) Significance of Neodenticula kamtschatica, and extinct planktonic diatom species from the middle Quaternary submarine deposit, IODP Exp. 303, North Atlantic Ocean. Journal of the Geological Society of Japan, 114(1), 47-50. (in Japanese with English abstract)


Makoto Saito (Geol. Surv. Japan, AIST), Shunsuke Kawakami (Earth-Appraisal Co. Ltd.) and Masatsugu Ogasawara (GSJ, AIST)
Awarded short paper: Saito, M., Kawakami, S., Ogasawara, M. (2007) Establishment of stratigraphic framework of the Shimanto accretionary complex in Yakushima Island, Japan, based on newly found Eocene radiolarian fossils. Journal of the Geological Society of Japan, 113(6), 266-269. (in Japanese with English abstract)


Takayuki Uchino (Hokkaido Univ.), Toshiyuki Kurihara (Niigata Univ.) and Makoto Kawamura (Hokkaido Univ.)
Awarded short paper: Uchino, T.,Kurihara, T. and Kawamura, M. (2005) Early Carboniferous radiolarians discovered from Hayachine Terrane, Northeast Japan: the oldest fossil ag for clastic rocks of accretionary complex in Japan. Journal of the Geological Society of Japan, 111, 249-252 (in Japanese with Englis abstract)