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.)
| As 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.
The 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
Regarding 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.
Dr. Tad Ishiguro, Dr. Emiko Hamada (TAIYO YUDEN Co.),
Mr. Hiroshi Ogawa (Sony Corp.) and Dr. Jacques Heemskerk (Philips,
More 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.
Nevertheless, 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.
Moreover, 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
| CDs21 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
CDs21 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
At present, CDs21 Solutions has the membership of 77 firms
(domestic 53, overseas 24).