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Dr. Ken-ichi Mori succeeded in developing the first Japanese word processor. This technology not only became the prototype of later Japanese word processors, but also produced decisive impacts as an environment for the use of the Japanese language in the IT revolution. This success in the development of the Japanese word processor was a distant event related with the direct motive for developing the method of processing by computer of not only the Chinese language and other languages of the cultural sphere based on the Chinese characters but also characters other than alphabet. This technology was applied to many languages of the Asian countries and thus became the model of the development of word processing systems of their countries. We evaluate highly his such activities and achievements in that they contribute largely to the diffusion of the "eco-technology" concept that Honda Foundation has been consistently advocating since its establishment and we present him hereby the HONDA PRIZE.
CURRICURUM VITAE Of Prof. Dr. Ken-ichi Mori

1938
Born in Tokyo, Japan
1962
Graduated from the Department of Applied Physics, the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo.
1962
Joined Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co., Ltd.(present Toshiba Corporation) and worked for the Research & Development Center.
1962-87
Went into research to enter kanji using Kana-Kanji conversion in 1971 and served as the chief for the group who developed a Japanese word processor for the first time in Japan.
1993
Group Executive, Information Equipment & Automation Systems Group
1994
Vice President and Group Executive & Information Equipment Group
1995
Vice President and Group Executive, Video & Electronics Media Group and Storage Media Business Group
1996
Senior Vice President
1998
Executive Vice President, TEC Corporation(present Toshiba TEC Corporation)
1999
President and Chief Executive Officer
2003
Adviser to the Bord

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