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NPO Shuro Net Uji Mix Hearts
2016winners
NPO Shuro Net Uji Mix Hearts NEW
Contributing to employment support for people with disabilities through a baseball repair and recycle initiative

NPO Japan Hair Donation & Charity
2015winners
NPO Japan Hair Donation & Charity
Providing wigs at no cost to children who have lost their hair due to illness

Hitomi Sakai
2014winners
Hitomi Sakai
Helping people who require social assistance to secure housing to live independently and become part of a community for 19 years
Child's Angel
2013winners
Child's Angel
Extensive collection of donations to make the children's dream come true, culminating in the gift of giraffes to a zoo

Tatsuyuki Takeuchi
2011winners
Tatsuyuki Takeuchi
Over 50 years of preparing Braille transcriptions for students of schools for the visually impaired

Morimatsu Yoshida
2010winners
Morimatsu Yoshida
Keeping children safe on their way to school through half a century of crossing-guard service


Mikiko Yoshijima
2009winners
Mikiko Yoshijima
Creating and delivering paper patterns for towel headwear for people concerned about hair loss due to cancer treatment
Isao Nishitani
2007winners
Isao Nishitani
Has supported students' motivation to learn by donating to a middle-school night course for 50 years

Koho Kawagoe
2006winners
Koho Kawagoe
Has worked for 27 years as the disc jockey of a popular program broadcast inside prisons, making more than 300 broadcasts in total
Kenichi Hotta
2005winners
Kenichi Hotta
For 26 years, has built by hand bicycles suited to the individual needs of people with disabilities

Toshio and Sayoko Nagai (husband and wife)
2004winners
Toshio and Sayoko Nagai (husband and wife)
Amid much concern today about the difficulties of raising children, the Nagais have raised 60 foster children
Marcia Akemi Endo
2003winners
Marcia Akemi Endo
After learning that Brazilian children needed a school in Japan in the course of delivering boxed lunches to some of these children, reopened a Brazilian school that had closed due to lack of funding
Akihiko Ito
2001winners
Akihiko Ito
Travelled across Japan to record the recollections of 1,003 victims of the nuclear blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Welfare Atelier Aichi
2000winners
Welfare Atelier Aichi
Designs and builds aids for people with disabilities, on an individual basis, that take into account the degree of their disability
Members of the recording group Koe ("Voice")
1999winners
Members of the recording group Koe ("Voice")
Marking 25 years of recording newspapers and new books onto audiotape for distribution to people with visual impairments
To-Kon Painters
2016winners
To-Kon Painters NEW
A group of painters that goes anywhere, at home and abroad, to volunteer for people in need of painting

Yoshikazu Shiraishi
2015winners
Yoshikazu Shiraishi
Supporting self-reliance and the employment of truant students and socially withdrawn adolescents
TOY Workshop Donguri
2013winners
TOY Workshop Donguri
30 years of making original cloth toys for challenged children

Takaki Yoshimura
2012winners
Takaki Yoshimura
Developing character input support and voice production programs for disabled persons and patients of an intractable disease causing voice loss and offering them for free
Ruiko Sasahara
2011winners
Ruiko Sasahara
Continued volunteer activities and care for the bereaved by an encoffiner in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake
Tsuyoshi Higuchi
2010winners
Tsuyoshi Higuchi
Overcoming cancer and inspiring other cancer patients and their families for 10 years with his own rakugo traditional Japanese comic storytelling
Kawasaki Owner-Driver Taxi Association
2008winners
Kawasaki Owner-Driver Taxi Association
Has provided "taxi drive field trips" for children from facilities for the disabled for 30 years

High-school student volunteers who regularly clean train car interiors
2007winners
High-school student volunteers who regularly clean train car interiors
On their own initiative, high-school students attending the same middle school pick up waste inside the train they ride home from school
Satoru Arishiro
2006winners
Satoru Arishiro
Through his own efforts, established a mobile petting zoo by accepting animals turned in to a koban police station
Kenjiro and Masaru Yoshino (father and son)
2005winners
Kenjiro and Masaru Yoshino (father and son)
Has continued donating eyeglasses to elderly people in the community for more than 45 years, through three generations of parents and children
Yumiko Takamatsu
2003winners
Yumiko Takamatsu
After the tragedy of losing her oldest son, provides support for survivors of victims of crime who are undergoing similar ordeals
Motoi Tanimura
2002winners
Motoi Tanimura
For 35 years has continued sending handwritten postcards with words of encouragement to elderly people who live alone


Genri Kondo and Misako Kondo
2000winners
Genri Kondo and Misako Kondo
Have opened their home to people with disabilities and spent time with them there on an ongoing basis for 38 years
Midori Thayer and Masae Yonamine
1999winners
Midori Thayer and Masae Yonamine
Opened a school for children of local mothers and fathers who are U.S. military stationed in Okinawa

Members of Fukushi ("Welfare") Network Ikebukuro Honcho
1998winners
Members of Fukushi ("Welfare") Network Ikebukuro Honcho
Uses sensors on electric water pots to protect elderly people living alone in the community
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