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The Ozaki Yukio Memorial Foundation on Monday presented this year’s Gakudo Award to Inter Press Service Japan, a body linked with Rome-based Internet wire service Inter Press Service.

IPS Japan President Hiroshi Matsumoto accepted the award, which is presented to individuals or organizations active in issues including the promotion of democracy, disarmament and human rights, at the award’s 10th annual ceremony at the Parliamentary Museum in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.

“For 42 years, IPS has been active in (giving) voice to the voiceless, reporting the stories behind stories to policymakers in industrialized countries,” Matsumoto said at the ceremony. IPS Director General Mario Lubetkin was also present.

The Ozaki Gakudo Award was started in 1996 to commemorate Ozaki, who was known for his support for women’s suffrage and disarmament in the early 1900s.