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Japan Prize jury goes global, entries close 30 June

The Japan Prize jury has been expanded to include experts in children’s programming from around the world.

For the first time in the competition’s 40-year history, 11 non-Japanese experts have been included on the jury to sit alongside seven judges from the host country.

Organisers say they have received an enthusiastic response from all over the world.

“The jury will conduct a private, online judging of all entries divided by categories, in their own countries, during the northern summer and submit the scores to the Secretariat,” says Deputy Secretary-General, Mariko Saeki.

The jury was selected from educational or children’s programming specialists nominated by broadcasters and production companies from Asia, Europe, Africa, and North, Central and Latin America.

Ms Saeki is also pleased with the number of entries to-date from around the world, though she says she hopes more will come from the Asia-Pacific region before entries for the 2013 competition close on 30 June.

Almost 40 entries have been received so far from countries including Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey and the UK. 

This year marks the Japan Prize’s 40th anniversary, with the awards ceremony to take place in Tokyo from 17-24 October.

The competition is open to both completed works and proposals for future productions with an educational aim.

In the Proposal Division, US$ 8,000 and US$ 3,000 will be awarded to the two best proposals from developing countries. The five finalists will be invited to Tokyo for pitching in front of the international jury in October.

More information included rules and how to enter can be obtained from the Japan Prize website.