Message from the President
Shorai Foundation for Science and Technology
Harima's long-standing achievement in tall oil operation was recognized in 1982 when Harima's founder Sueyoshi Hasegawa received a Science and Technology Award from the Ministry of Science and Technology (now known as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). To mark this occasion, the Shorai* Foundation for Science and Technology was established in March 1983 to promote science, technology as well as world culture. It has gone on to award more than 600 million yen in research grants to date to subsidize and encourage activities including research, study and international exchanges in science and technology.
* ""Shorai"" means wind, or the sound of wind, blowing through pine trees.
Two researchers awarded research grants through the Shorai Foundation have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.
- Dr. Ryoji Noyori Recipient of 1986 (4th Annual) Shorai-Research Grant
Awarded 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- Dr. Akira Suzuki Recipient of 1991 (9th Annual) Shorai-Research Grant
Awarded 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry