August 19th, 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 28th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) hosted by Kazan, Russia have won medals.

 (Joint press release by the Japanese Committee for International Olympiad in Informatics)

1. Medals received

 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals

2. Participants

 4 senior high school students

3. List of Medalists

Takuya Inoue Age 18, 3rd year student at Kaisei Senior High School, Tokyo Gold
medal
Yuta Takaya Age 17, 2nd year student at Kaisei Senior High School, Tokyo Gold
medal
Riku Kawasaki Age 16, 2nd year student at the Senior High School at Komaba, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Silver
medal
Takahiro Masuda Age 18, 3rd year student at the Senior High School at Komaba, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo Silver
medal
(The above are the participants’ ages as of the end of the competition.)
*Takuya Inoue won the gold medal two years in a row at the 2015 and 2016 International Olympiads in Informatics. Furthermore, he also won the bronze medal three years in a row at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 International Mathematical Olympiads.
*Yuta Takuya won the gold medal three years in a row at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 International Olympiads in Informatics. Furthermore, he also won the silver medal at the 2015 International Mathematical Olympiad, and the gold medal at the same competition in 2016. *Takahiro Masuda won the gold medal at the 2015 International Olympiad in Informatics, and the silver medal at the same competition in 2016.

4. Number of Participants / Countries

 308 participants from 80 countries and regions

5. Place / Term

 Kazan, Russia (August 12th - 19th, 2016)

6. Dispatch Organization

 The Japanese Committee for the International Olympiad in Informatics

◆ General Information on the International Olympiad in Informatics

  • The first International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) was held in Bulgaria in 1989.
  • The 2016 Russia IOI marks the 28th competition.
  • Japan started participating in the IOI from 1994, sending 2 participants for three consecutive years. After suspending participation for a period of nine years thereafter, Japan resumed sending 4 participants annually from 2006. This is Japan’s 14th time participating.
  • At the International Olympiad in Informatics Conference that was held in Taiwan during the holding of the International Olympiad in Informatics in 2014, it was officially decided that the 30th International Olympiad in Informatics will be held in Japan in 2018.
  • At last year’s competition in Kazakhstan, 322 students from 83 countries and regions participated. Japan won a total of 3 gold and 1 bronze medals.
  • At this year’s event in Russia, 308 students from 80 countries and regions participated. Japan won a total of 2 gold and 2 silver medals.

◆ Japanese Results at the Past 3 International Olympiads in Informatics

  • 2013: 25th International Olympiad in Informatics, Australia:
     1 gold medal, 2 silver medals (299 students from 77 countries and regions participated)
  • 2014: 26th International Olympiad in Informatics, Taiwan:
     1 gold medal, 2 silver medals, 1 bronze medal (311 students from 81 countries and regions participated)
  • 2015: 27th International Olympiad in Informatics, Kazakhstan:
     3 gold medals, 1 bronze medal (322 students from 83 countries and regions participated)

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