July 15th, 2016

 MEXT, through the Japan Science and Technology Agency, continues to assist youth participation in international science and technology competitions. MEXT has received notice that Japanese students who participated in the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) hosted by Hong Kong, China have won medals.

 (Joint press release by the Mathematical Olympiad Foundation of Japan)

1. Medals received

 1 gold medal, 4 silver medals, 1 bronze medal

2. Participants

 6 senior high school students

3. List of Medalists

 Yuta Takaya* Age 17, 2nd year student at Kaisei Senior High School, Tokyo Gold
medal
 Ko Aoki* Age 17, 3rd year student at the Senior High School at Komaba, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Silver
medal
 Rikimaru Kurata  Age 17, 3rd year student at Nada Senior High School, Hyogo Prefecture Silver
medal
 Yasushi Matsushima  Age 17, 2nd year student at Musashi Senior High School, Tokyo Silver
medal
 Sogo Murakami  Age 18, 3rd year student at the Senior High School at Komaba, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Silver
medal
 Takuya Inoue* Age 18, 3rd year student at Kaisei Senior High School, Tokyo Bronze
medal
(The above are the participants’ ages as of the end of the competition.)
*Yuta Takaya won the silver medal at the 2015 International Mathematical Olympiad. Furthermore, he also won the gold medal two years in a row at the 2014 and 2015 International Olympiads in Informatics.
*Takuya Inoue won the bronze medal two years in a row at the 2014 and 2015 International Mathematical Olympiad. Furthermore, he also won the gold medal at the 2015 International Olympiad in Informatics.
*Please note that both Yuta Takaya and Takuya Inoue are also scheduled to participate in the 2016 International Olympiad in Informatics.
*Ko Aoki won the silver medal at the 2015 International Mathematical Olympiad.

4. Number of Participants / Countries

 602 participants from 109 countries and regions

5.Place / Term

 Hong Kong, China (July 6th - 16th, 2016)

6. Dispatch Organization

 The Mathematical Olympiad Foundation of Japan

Reference

◆ General Information on the International Mathematical Olympiad

  • The first International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) was held in Romania in 1959.
  • The 2016 Hong Kong IMO marks the 57th competition.
  • Japan started participating in the IMO from 1990, sending 6 participants thereafter. This is Japan’s 27th time participating.
  • At last year’s IMO competition in Thailand, 577 people from 104 countries and regions participated. Japan won a total of 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
  • At this year’s IMO competition in Hong Kong, 602 students from 109 countries and regions participated. Japan won a total of 1 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medals, ranking 10th out of all participating countries.
  • The 2017 IMO is scheduled to be held in Brazil.

◆ Japanese Results at the Past 3 International Mathematical Olympiads

  • 2013: 54th International Mathematical Olympiad, Columbia:
     6 silver medals, 11th in the overall country rankings (528 students from 97 countries and regions participated)
  • 2014: 55th International Mathematical Olympiad, South Africa:
     4 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal, 5th in the overall country rankings (560 students from 101 countries and regions participated)
  • 2015: 56th International Mathematical Olympiad, Thailand:
     3 silver medals, 3 bronze medals, 22nd. in the overall rankings (577 students from 104 countries and regions participated)

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