Press Release
July 14, 2013

MEXT continues to assist youth participation in international science and technology competitions through Japan Science and Technology Agency. MEXT has been informed that Japanese students who participated in the 44th International Physics Olympiad (Copenhagen, Denmark) have received medals.
(joint press release by The Committee of Japan Physics Olympiad)

1.Medals received 

2 silver, 3 bronze medals

2.Participants

5 senior high school students

3.Details of medalists

Kenji Ueda, age 17 Rakunan High School, Kyoto Prefecture
(bronze medal)

Yuichi Enoki, age 18 Nada High School, Hyogo Prefecture
(silver medal)

Hidenobu Ema, age 17 Nada High School, Hyogo Prefecture
(bronze medal)

Tasuku Omori, age 18 Nada High School, Hyogo Prefecture
(silver medal)

Hiromitsu Sawaoka, age 17 Osaka Seiko Gakuin High School, Osaka Prefecture
(bronze medal)

4.Number of participants/countries

374 participants, 81 countries and regions

5.Place/term

Copenhagen, Denmark  7-15 July, 2013

6.Dispatch Organization

The Committee of Japan Physics Olympiad

Reference Material

General Information on the International Physics Olympiad

-The first International Physics Olympiad (iPhO) was held in Warsaw, Poland in 1967.
-The 2013 Copenhagen iPhO marks the 44th competition.
-Japan participates in iPhO from 2006, thereafter sending 5 participants annually. This is Japan’s 8th time participating.
-At last year’s 2012 Estonia iPhO, 378 students from 81 countries and regions participated. Japan won a total of 2 gold and 3 silver medals.
-At this year’s 2013 Copenhagen iPhO, 374 students from 81 countries and regions participated. Japan won a total of 2 silver and 3 bronze medals.
-Next year’s 2014 iPhO is scheduled to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan from 13-21 July.

Japan’s results at past International Physics Olympiads

2010 41st International Physics Olympiad, Zagreb,Croatia
-1 silver, 3 bronze medals, 1 prize winner (367 participants from 82 countries and regions)

2011 42nd International Physics Olympiad, Bangkok, Thailand
-3 gold, 2 silver medals (393 participants from 85 countries and regions)

2012 43rd International Physics Olympiad, Tartu and Tallinn Estonia
-2 gold, 3 silver medals (378 participants from 81 countries and regions)

(Science and Technology Policy Bureau, Knowledge Infrastructure Policy Division)