From CDs21 SOLUTIONS
First Occasion of "Nakajima Heitaro Prize"
newly founded by CDs21 Solutions
The first awardees are those associated with
the CD-R system development: Dr. Tad Ishiguro,
Dr. Emiko Hamada (TAIYO YUDEN Co.), Mr. Hiroshi
Ogawa (Sony Corp.) and Dr. Jacques Heemskerk
(Philips) including their respective groups.
Concurrently, a Special Prize was awarded to
Mr. Koji Yada (HICOM Corp.)
a voluntary association CDs21 Solutions (Secretary Office: Minato-ku,
Tokyo; Chairman: Dr. Heitaro Nakajima) has been promoting full
standardization of the CD standards, centering on the CD-R/CD-RW,
along with the promotion of accompanying business models. This
time the association has founded the "Nakajima Heitaro
Prize" designed to commend individuals, enterprises and
organizations who have made significant social contributions
in terms of R & D and spread of the CD media. The first
prize awarding ceremony was held on April 17 at Meiji Memorial
Hall, Motoakasaka, Tokyo.
Nakajima Heitaro Prize is named after Dr. H. Nakajima who is
called "Father of CD" for his success in sound digitization
for the first time in Japan. The prize has been set up to be
awarded once a year to those cited above for their activities
and achievements. The nomination procedure is to be gone through
on the fiscal year basis (from April 1 to the end of next March)
and the nominees can be picked up broadly from the industrial
field, not limiting to the CDs21 Solutions membership.
the first awardees for fiscal 2003, the following four persons
were nominated for the reason that in developing a media writer
format for the CD-R system, a recordable CD, they had succeeded
in achieving full compatibility with existing CDs leading to
an explosive spread of the CD-R today.
Tad Ishiguro, Dr. Emiko Hamada (TAIYO YUDEN Co.),
Hiroshi Ogawa (Sony Corp.) and Dr. Jacques Heemskerk (Philips,
specifically, up to the realization of the CD-R system, there
had been many difficulties to be overcome in the way such as
dealing appropriately with software and hardware industry sectors
reluctant to the introduction of a new system as well as solving
the key technological issue on full compatibility with the CD.
their uncompromising pioneering spirits finally resolved these
problems and have realized the present system. Thus a new business
has been opened up along with the creation of a new culture.
on the same occasion of the prize awarding ceremony, a Special
Prize was awarded to Mr. Koji Yada at HICOM Corp. who has long
devoted to the promotion of the multimedia CD from the contents
making and marketing standpoint. Acknowledged is his contribution
to digging up the needs for CDs as package media through the
promotion and spread of the CD-i, CD-ROM and Video-CD.
Solutions as a voluntary body was set up in April 2001 through
collaborative merger of Multimedia CD Consortium and the Orange
Forum, both of which were thus disbanded at the time. It is
a global body existing across the CD associated business sectors
in a complex manner.
Solutions is striving toward ever more improvement of compatibility
among product groups that comply with the CD standards, such
as media (discs), hardware and software as well as many other
application products including contents making. Its activity
further encompasses the promotion and spread of CD associated
services to aim at contributions to the whole industry and users
present, CDs21 Solutions has the membership of 77 firms (domestic
53, overseas 24).