On 24 September 2020, Kyoto University conferred the title of Honorary Fellow on Mr Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president, and CEO of Fast Retailing Co, Ltd. At a ceremony in Tokyo, President Juichi Yamagiwa presented Mr Yanai with a certificate and plaque. The decision to award the fellowship was made 29 June in recognition of Mr Yanai's recently pledged contributions to the University.
Kyoto University's Honorary Fellowship recognizes individuals who 1) have made outstanding contributions to the University's international exchanges, 2) have, as former students or employees, earned national or international recognition for their achievements, and 3) have made significant contributions to the University's operations and management.
Mr Yanai was awarded his fellowship for the third reason. He became the fifth individual to receive the title.
Comments from President Juichi Yamagiwa
On behalf of Kyoto University, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Mr Tadashi Yanai for his support of the research led by Professor Tasuku Honjo, director of the Center for Cancer Immunotherapy and Immunobiology, and Professor Shinya Yamanaka, director of the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA). Mr Yanai's contribution will have a significant impact on the efforts by Kyoto University and researchers around the world to address some of the most challenging issues facing humanity, and it will aid Kyoto University in furthering its mission to sustain and develop its historical commitment to academic freedom and the pursuit of harmonious coexistence within the Earth's human and ecological community.
Comments from Mr Yanai
It is a great honor to receive such a prestigious title. I believe that overcoming cancers and viruses is the greatest medical challenge facing the world. Through research at Kyoto University, Professor Honjo and Professor Yamanaka selflessly work to overcome these complex problems, and I truly hope these activities bear fruit. I also believe in doing good for the sake of all people and will continue working hard alongside these two professors, who have dedicated their lives to benefitting humanity.