The second Cikada Prize Winners Commemorative International Symposium was held at the Kioicho Campus of Josai University on Nov. 18, in which Josai University Educational Corporation Chancellor Noriko Mizuta, a Cikada Prize winner herself, and others discussed poetry.

The Cikada Prize was founded in 2004 following the 100th anniversary commemoration of the birth of Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson, a Swedish poet. Because of his interest in East Asian literature, the prize is awarded to Asian poets.

The symposium, which consisted of several readings and panel discussions throughout the day, saw participation by Mizuta, Cikada Prize President and former Swedish Ambassador to Japan Lars Vargo, and Japanese, Chinese, South Korean and Vietnamese poets.