Specially Appointed Associate Professor Daiya Miyazato of the Regional Collaboration Institute Awarded with the Rocky Challenge Award

Specially appointed Associate Professor Daiya Miyazato of the Regional Collaboration Institute has been named as the eighth annual recipient of the Rocky Challenge Award. This award was started in 2010 by Mr. Iwao Nakamura, former president of Nissan Diesel Motor Co., in support of forward-thinking individuals who embody the key ideals of “being externally oriented, who possess aspirations and the spirit of challenge”. The award ceremony, together with a keynote address (92nd University of the Ryukyus 21st Century Forum) was held at the third floor of the University Hall on June 2nd.

Director-General Takeo Nakamatsu of the Iwao Nakamura Challenge Fund attributed Miyazato’s win to his ability to leverage upon his unique experience in industry-academia-government collaboration to create new value from existing resources and knowledge of each individual sector, while working towards community revitalization. Mr. Nakamatsu says that Miyazato has set an example with his outstanding outward-oriented perspectives, high aspirations and love for challenges, and this has provided immeasurable strength and hope to future generations of young Okinawans who will be inspired to follow in his footsteps.

The theme of the keynote address held after the award ceremony was “Okinawan Dreams – Coordination for Action with a Smile”, where in his trademark affability, Miyazato spoke about the “five ‘KYOS’” of “provision” (kyoukyuu), “sharing” (kyouyuu), “empathy” (kyoukan), “resonance” (kyoumei) and “the present” (kyou), and how this concept provided the turning point in his work. He continued by explaining the work of being a coordinator, before touching on the examples of coordination work, actions undertaken by youth in transforming Okinawa and about sparking movements for action. Lecture content was aided by video clips, making the session extremely enjoyable and easy to understand.

Miyazato concluded his lecture by pledging to move forward with his unique coordination work with the concept of “moonshot” (ambitious projects and challenges which are planned backwards from imagining effects in future, are radical and risky, but would bring about momentous impact if they succeed).

The lecture was well-received by some 40 students and members of staff, who listened attentively to Miyazato as he spoke.

(From left) Director-General Takeo Nakamatsu of the Iwao Nakamura Challenge Fund and Specially Appointed Associate Professor Daiya Miyazato

Mr. Miyazato addressing his audience

Picture capturing Mr. Miyazato’s address in progress

Commemorative picture with University President Oshiro after the announcement of Mr. Miyazato’s win