Newspaper confab opens in Nagoya

Kyodo

The Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association (Nihon Shimbun Kyokai) opened a two-day annual convention here Wednesday.

About 500 representatives from various newspapers, wire services and broadcast stations across the nation gathered at the 55th national newspaper convention at the Nagoya Congress Center.

Following an address by Tsuneo Watanabe, chairman of the association and president of the Yomiuri Shimbun, the association adopted a resolution calling for the protection of the media’s freedom.

The association presented this year’s Shimbun Kyokai prizes, Japan’s most prestigious news awards, to nine winners, including a Kyodo News photojournalist honored for breaking coverage of the fall of Kabul last year.

The award presentation was followed by a lecture given by Ryoji Noyori, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in chemistry, on the concept of wisdom in the 21st century.