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Monodzukuri Exhibition to be Held for Introducing Technologies of the Winners of the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards to the Public

From March 19 to April 6, 2014, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a Monodzukuri Exhibition at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno Park, Taito Ward, Tokyo. The winners of the Fifth Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards, which was held in September 2013, and the technologies that the winners developed will be presented at the exhibition.

1. Outline of the Monodzukuri Exhibition

In September 2013, the Fifth Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards program was held and the winners and their outstanding technologies in the field of monodzukuri (manufacturing) were decided. To broadly convey such winners and their excellent accomplishments to the public, METI will hold a Monodzukuri Exhibition. The exhibition will display the actual technologies that were developed by the winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize and the METI Minister’s Prize, which were selected by METI under the Awards program, as well as showing photo panels of technologies by the winners of the METI Special Prize and Excellence Prize.

Reference: Winners of the FY2013 Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards (METI website):
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2013/0913_03.html

2. Outline of the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards

The Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Awards program is Japan’s initiative to recognize outstanding individuals in various generations engaged in monodzukuri (manufacturing). Candidate winners are middle-standing individuals playing key roles in the fields of manufacturing and production, masters supporting traditional or cultural arts, and young people expected to become a mainstay of future monodzukuri. The program has been organized jointly by 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) every other year since 2005 and took place for the fifth time this year. The winners of the fifth program were decided and publicized on September 13, 2013, and a commendation ceremony was held in the same month, at which such winners were recognized for the Prime Minister’s Prize, METI Minister’s Prize, and Special Prize.

3. Examples of the winners’ technologies to be displayed at the exhibition

The technologies include the following:

  • Developing a highly advanced production process for optical films that support the global dissemination of liquid crystal displays
  • A method for manufacturing soy milk that produces high quality milk in the shortest manufacturing time in the sector
  • Commercialization of self-cultured cartilage called “Jack”: realizing Japan-led regenerative medicine products
  • Developing the world’s first backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensor and mass production thereof
  • Developing a next-generation air conditioner that contributes to the prevention of global warming and to the enhancement of Japan’s global competitiveness in the monodzukuri sector
  • A precise, preoperative organ simulator that offers “reproducibility”
  • Developing autogate, an engine-less gate that automatically opens and closes to protect people from floods
  • Developing a group of highly functional film products that are excellent for decorative purposes and medical applications by applying a traditional foil stamping technique

Note: For details of the winners and other winners’ information, see the Japanese language press release.

4. Outline of the exhibition

Venue:
lanned Exhibition Hall and Central Hall, 1st floor of the Japan Gallery, National Museum of Nature and Science (7-20, Ueno Park, Taito Ward, Tokyo)
Date:
From March 19 (Wed.) to April 6 (Sun), 2014
Service hours: From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (From 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on Fridays; reception will be closed 30 minutes before closing time each day.)
Admission:
Visitors are able to enter the exhibition if they pay the fee for the permanent exhibitions (general public and college students: 600 yen (group visitors: 300 yen); high school students and younger people, and people at the age of 65 or more: free of charge).

*Please note that the admission fees for the permanent exhibitions will be changed on April 1, 2014, as follows:
General public and college students: 620 yen (group visitors: 310 yen); high school students and younger people, and people at the age of 65 or more: free of charge (no change).

Co-organizers:
National Museum of Nature and Science

 

Release Date

March 10, 2014

Division in Charge

Office of Director for Manufacturing Industries Policy, Monodzukuri Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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