°°Soichiro Honda, together with Takeo Fujisawa had earlier developed an aid project that was the predecessor of this system. It was named Sakkokai, which anonymously provided grant aid to promising young researchers in Japan. By the time it ended in 1983 it had helped over 1,700 people, many of whom went on to become leaders in the field of science and technology.
°°The YES Award continues the spirit of the Sakkokai, and it aims to be even more international. In the future we intend to provide support to young people who have dreams and desires in the field of science and technology through this new project.
1.°°Takeo Fujisawa managed Honda Motor Co., Ltd. as Vice President along with Soichiro Honda, and developed the company into a global corporation.