July 17th, 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 47th International Physics Olympiad (IPO) hosted by Switzerland and Liechtenstein have won medals.

 (Joint press release by the Committee of Japan Physics Olympiad)

1. Medals received

 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal

2. Participants

 5 senior high school students

3. List of Medalists

Kota Fukuzawa Age 17, 3rd year student at the Senior High School at Komaba, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Gold
medal
 Satoshi Yoshida* Age 17, 3rd year student at Osaka Seiko Senior High School, Osaka Prefecture Gold
medal
 Akihiro Watanabe*  Age 17, 2nd year student at Todaiji Senior High School, Nara Prefecture Gold
medal
 Kosuke Yoshimi Age 16, 1st year student at Nada Senior High School, Hyogo Prefecture Silver
medal
 Yuki Takaha Age 17, 3rd year student at Rakusei Senior High School, Kyoto Prefecture Bronze
medal
(The above are the participants’ ages as of the end of the competition.)
*Satoshi Yoshida won the silver medal at the 2015 International Physics Olympiad.
*Akihiro Watanabe won the gold medal at the 2015 International Physics Olympiad.

4. Number of Participants / Countries

 398 participants from 84 countries and regions

5. Place / Term

 Switzerland and Liechtenstein (July 11th - 17th, 2016)

6. Dispatch Organization

 The Committee of the Japan Physics Olympiad

Reference Materials

◆ General Information on the International Physics Olympiad

  • The first International Physics Olympiad (IPO) was held in Poland in 1967.
  • The 2016 Switzerland and Liechtenstein IPO marks the 47th competition.
  • Japan started participating in the IPO from 2006, sending 5 participants annually thereafter. This is Japan’s 11th time participating.
  • At last year’s IPO competition in India, 382 people from 82 countries and regions participated. Japan won a total of 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.
  • At this year’s IPO competition in India, 382 people from 82 countries and regions participated. Japan won a total of 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.
  • At this year’s IPO competition in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, 398 people from 84 countries and regions participated. Japan won a total of 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal.
  • The 2017 IPO will be held in Indonesia next year. The 53rd IPO is scheduled to be held in Japan in 2022.

◆ Japanese Results at the Past 3 International Physics Olympiads

  • 2013: 44th International Physics Olympiad, Denmark:
    2 silver medals, 3 bronze medals (374 students from 81 countries and regions participated)
  • 2014: 45th International Physics Olympiad, Kazakhstan:
     4 silver medals, 1 bronze medal (383 students from 85 countries and regions participated)
  • 2015: 46th International Physics Olympiad, India:
     1 gold medal, 2 silver medals, 2 bronze medals (382 students from 82 countries and regions participated)

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