Itojun Service Award launched to honour memory of dedicated internet researcher and IPv6 pioneer

Tokyo, Japan; Reston, VA; and Geneva, Switzerland - 25 November 2008 - A new award, providing recognition and support for those progressing IPv6 development on the Internet, was announced today, following last week's 73rd meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The "Itojun Service Award" honours the memory of Dr. Jun-ichiro "Itojun" Hagino, who passed away in 2007, aged just 37. The award, established by the friends of Itojun and administered by the Internet Society (ISOC), recognises and commemorates the extraordinary dedication exercised by Itojun over the course of IPv6 development.

Itojun worked as a Senior Researcher at the Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ), was a member of the board of the Widely Integrated Distributed Environment (WIDE) project, and from 1998 to 2006 served on the groundbreaking KAME project in Japan as the "IPv6 samurai". He was also a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) from 2003 to 2005.

At the time of his passing, Russ Housley, IETF Chair, and Olaf Kolkman, IAB Chair, issued a joint statement, praising Itojun's service to IPv6 developments, saying that he had "inspired many and will be missed."

The Itojun Service Award will run for 10 years, presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in service to the IPv6 community. The award includes a presentation crystal, a US$3,000 honorarium, and a travel grant.

The Award will honor an individual who has provided sustained and substantial technical contributions, service to the community, and leadership. With respect to leadership, the selection committee will place particular emphasis on candidates who have supported and enabled others in addition to their own specific actions.

The selection committee members for the Itojun Service Award are:

  • Jun Murai
  • Hiroshi Esaki
  • Ole Jacobsen
  • Bob Hinden
  • Randy Bush
  • Bill Manning
  • Tatuya Jinmei
  • Kazu Yamamoto
  • Kenjiro Cho

Memorial donations to the Itojun Service Award Fund are welcomed and the Internet Society has established an account for donations. Details of the fund, as well as more information about Jun-ichiro "Itojun" Hagino and the Itojun Service Award are available on the ISOC web site at:

Internet Society (ISOC) - Itojun Service Award