The 15th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony


  • “Contributing to rescue engineering. Kisoi Motohito Award recipients: 6 individuals and 3 groups.” (Kobe Shimbun)

  • “A dream of Doraemon intertwined. The award for rescue robot development named after that boy.” (Asahi Shimbun)


  • “‘A robot that supports people, just like Doraemon.’ The 15th Kisoi Motohiro Award ceremony succeeds his wish.” (Kobe University Media Studies, Web Blog)

  • “25 years after the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake. Records left by father who’s son died under his collapsed home.” (NHK News Web)

  • “‘Beyond a memorial’ (8) Mr. Kisoi Motohiro, deceased (postgraduate student of natural sciences department at the time).” (Kobe University Media Studies, Web blog)

The 14th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony


  • “Rescue Robot Contest Exec. Committee win award. ‘Kisoi Motohiro Award’ ceremony in Kobe.” (Kobe Shimbun)


  • “Kisoi Motohiro Award. Recipients: Rescue Robot Contest exec. committee, 4 groups and 2 individuals.” (Kobe Shimbun, NEXT)

  • “24 years after the earthquake, disaster relief robotics.” (NHK News Web

The 13th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony


  • “3 individuals and 3 groups recognised for disaster prevention research. Inheriting the dying wish of Kobe University grad student, a victim of the earthquake.” (Kobe Shimbun)

The 12th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony


  • “Award ceremony for rescue robot researchers. Played an active role in surveying nuclear power plant.” (Kobe Shimbun)

  • “The Kisoi Motohiro Award goes to Chiba Institute of Technology, Mr. Yoshida. Using robots to survey disaster struck buildings.” (Mainichi Shimbun)

  • “The Kisoi Motohiro Award goes to Mr. Yoshida. Praise for use of robots to survey disasters.” (Yomiuri shimbun)


  • Development of disaster prevention and relief technology. 4 individuals and 1 group receives Kisoi Motohiro Award. (Kobe Shimbun, NEXT)

The 11th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony


  • “Kisoi Motohiro Award recognises 3 for rescue technology. Research into serpentine robots etc.” (Kobe Shimbun)

  • “‘Kisoi Motohiro Award’ ceremony in Kobe. Okayama University Grad School professors, 3 recipients for disaster robotics. (Sankei Shimbun)

  • “The Kisoi Motohiro Award goes to Mr. Kamegawa, Mr. Hirose, Mr. Kimura. Research into serpentine robots that survey damaged facilities etc.” (Yomiuri Shimbun)

The 10th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony


  • “Continuing to promote robotic efforts. Kyoto University Faculty of Engineering Research, professor Fumitoshi Matsuno.” (Nihon Keizai Shimbun)

  • “My son lives on in the hearts of his friends.” (Mainichi Shimbun)


  • “Tohoku University’s Mr. Konyo and Kobe University’s Mr. Fukao receive Kisoi Motohiro Award. Ceremony on 23rd. (Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Robonapuru)

  • “Disaster robotics research (Miyagi), this award is fate. Tohoku University assistant professor. (Asahi Shimbun, Digital)

  • “‘Kisoi Motohiro Award’ inherits earthquake victims dying wish. Rescue technology honoured for 10 years.” (Kobe Shimbun, NEXT)

  • “Disaster robotics research, the fateful award ‘Kisoi Motohiro Award’ goes to Tohoku University assistant professor, Mr. Konyo.” (Asahi Shimbun, apital)

  • “Dream of 23 year old grad student taken by the earthquake continues as young robotics researchers compete for development.” (Tokyo IT Shimbun)

  • “Mother Emiko attends. The 10th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony.” (Kobe University News Net)

The 9th Kisoi Motohiro Awards Ceremony


  • “Technology blooms from a Kobe University grad student’s dying wish. Kisoi Motohiro Award established on 17th January.” (Yomiuri Shimbun)

  • “Seal Robot brings smiles to disaster victims. The inventor receives the ‘Kisoi Motohiro Award’ Special Award.” (Yomiuri Shimbun)

  • “A promise to advance disaster relief. Mr. Kinugasa receives Award for Academic achievement, Mr. Shibata receives Special Award.” (Kobe Shimbun)

The 8th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony


  • “Award for Academic Achievement goes to assistant professor Ito. Rescue system researchers at the Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony.” (Mainichi Shimbun)

  • “3 recipients of ‘Kisoi Motohiro Award’. Development of disaster relief robots.” (Yomiuri Shimbun)

  • “The future of my son’s wish. Supporting life-saving researchers.” (Kobe Shimbun)

  • “23 year old’s dying wish comes to bloom in Tohoku. Tomorrow’s ‘Kisoi Motohiro Award’ ceremony named for Kobe University grad student. Introducing a search and rescue robot for disaster struck areas.” (Asahi Shimbun)


  • “18 years after the Great Hanshin Earthquake: I want to make a robot that saves lives. Father and child’s hope, to continue ‘Kisoi Motohiro Award, his epitaph’, a 71 year old’s last request.” (Mainichi Shimbun)

  • “My son’s wish, to the future of ‘Kisoi Motohiro Award’ with Mrs. Emiko.” (Kobe Shimbun, NEXT)

  • “IRS holds a symposium and the Kisoi Motohiro Award themed around disaster robotics on the 22nd.” (Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Robonapuru)

  • “18 years after the Great Hanshin Earthquake: Kisoi Motohiro Award ceremony. For rescue system researchers. Award for academic achievement given to assistant professor Ito.” (Mainichi Shimbun)

The 7th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony


  • “‘Rescue robots’ to Tohoku. Continuing my student’s dream, a victim of 1/17. Working towards reconstruction in Iwate and Miyagi.” (Chunichi Shimbun)

  • “6 groups received Kisoi Motohiro Award for research into rescue systems.” (Kobe Shimbun)

  • “2 individuals and 1 group receive the Kisoi Motohiro Award.” (Chunichi Shimbun)


  • Tohoku University assista professor Mr. Nagatani receives 7th Kisoi Motohiro Award, with award ceremony and presentation on 21st.” (Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Robonapuru)

  • “‘Kisoi Motohiro Award’: Mr. Nagatani and Ms. Huang recognised for achievements in the research of rescue systems for times of disaster. Award ceremony in Kobe.” (Mainichi Shimbun

  • “The ‘Kisoi Motohiro Award’ ceremony, raising awareness of a wish for the next generation of disaster response robotics.” (Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Robonapuru)

The 6th Kisoi Motohiro Award Ceremony


  • “Mr. Nakanishi Hiroaki receives Kisoi Motohiro Award.” (Asahi Shimbun)

  • “Development to disaster technology. 3 recipients succeed the wish of Kobe University grad student earthquake victim.” (Kobe Shimbun)

  • “Kyoto University Lecturer, Mr. Nakanishi. 3 recipients of ‘Kisoi Motohiro Award’ to encourage disaster response research.” (Chunichi Shimbun)

  • “16 years after the quake. A young man’s dream lives on.” (Kobe Shimbun)


  • IRS’s 6th Kisoi Motohiro Award goes to Mr. Nakanishi, award ceremony on 14th.” (Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun)

  • “Praised for independence with a focus on azimuth control, Kyoto University’s Mr. Nishinaka’s research into automated helicopters wins him the Kisoi Motohiro Award.” (Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun), Robonapuru)

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