Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Ministry of Health, Labour and WelfareWinners of the Fourth Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) announced 76 winners (in 19 projects) of the Prime Minister's Prize in the Fourth Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award (*except for winners selected by MEXT). METI also decided 549 winners (in 103 projects) of the METI Minister's Prize, the Special Prize and the Excellence Prize.
An award ceremony and a celebration will be held in mid-February.
*Winners selected by MEXT will be announced on Friday, February 10.
1. What is the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award?
The Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award is a program to recognize outstanding individuals in various generations engaged in monodzukuri (manufacturing). Winners can be middle-standing individuals playing key roles in manufacturing and production, masters supporting traditional or cultural arts, and young people expected to become a mainstay of future monodzukuri. The Award has jointly been organized by METI, MLIT, MHLW, and MEXT every other year since 2005 and took place for the fourth time this year.
Although the winners of the Fourth Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award were originally expected to be announced in the summer of 2011, the schedule was delayed in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The four operating ministries finally decided 76 winners (in 19 projects) of the Prime Minister's Prize (*except for winners selected by MEXT). In addition to the Prime Minister's Prize winners, METI selected 90 winners (14 projects) of the METI Minister's Prize, 137 winners (19 projects) of the Special Prize, and 322 winners (70 projects) of the Excellence Prize.
2. Major winners (Listed below are only seven projects selected by METI to be awarded the Prime Minister's Prize.)
- "Development of a recycling process to produce steel from low-quality ironmaking dust"
- "Development of a manufacturing process to complete a substrate incorporating electronic components in one press"
- "Development of a proteoglycan* manufacturing method that defies common knowledge of the world"
*A proteoglycan is a material existing in biological tissues and controls biological activities.
- "Development of a multi-lens array exposure apparatus that allows the mass production of large LCDs"
- "Development of next-generation stainless steel that dramatically reduces the use of rare metals"
- "Development of the world's thinnest silk fabric made from ultra thin raw silk"
- "Development of products using high-luminance light emitting and storage based on the application of traditional Arita ware technique"
3. Future schedule
The four ministries will jointly hold an award ceremony and a celebration for the Prime Minister's Prize in mid-February. At the same time, METI will organize an award ceremony and a celebration for the METI Minister's Prize and the Special Prize, and Regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry an award ceremony for the Excellence Prize.
From Tuesday, March 20 (national holiday), the MONODZUKURI EXHIBITION will take place at the National Museum of Nature and Science (Taito-ku, Tokyo) to showcase award-winning projects related to METI
[Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award logo]
[Commemorative medal (for Prime Minister's Prize)]
February 3, 2012
Division in Charge
- Office of Director for Manufacturing Industries Policy, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI
- Construction Market Division, Land Economy and Construction and Engineering Industry Bureau, MLIT
- Vocational Ability Evaluation Division, Human Resource Development Bureau, MHLW
- Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Commissioner's Secretariat, Agency for Cultural Affairs (MEXT)
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